I have tried very hard to increase my supply so I can 100% BF since DS2 was born 6 weeks ago, but sadly I haven't succeeded. Tried motillium, herbs, lots liquid intake, Sns, extra expressing at the pump, latch on...everything I could try I have. I do rest and eat well as I had a nanny come in to take care of bub for 5 weeks. I got mastitis once then DS1 fell so sick for more than a week, life is just too busy.
So dh has gone back to work officially (he worked from home last week) and I resumed my PT work from home.
I have since stopped using the pump and just latch bub on before every feed. Its just too much work for me expressing, washing, sterilising, entertaining bub while i am expressing...not good for my mental wellbeing anyway. He does drink and swallow every time i put him to my breasts but I am not sure how my supply is right now and don't think I should bother, as long as he is getting BM from me.
I am honestly quite scared about going out. So far i have gone out for short periods only, those times I bottle fed formula if he was hungry. I find doing that troublesome as I have to watch the timing and come home to express.
I feel that it will be easy if i managed to 100% BF or 100% FF but I am in between! Would it be strange that I be feeding my bub from my breast and then popping a bottle into his mouth after that? I know I shouldn't be concerned about pple's reaction etc but I am rather self-conscious. Looking for mums who have had similar experiences and how do you manage outdoors eg shopping places or mothers group...? I wish to go out shopping soon with my family but this fear is bothering me. Yet I am not ready to give up on bfg. I do produce BM just not enough to match his demand. Feel like a freak some times. I still want to persist giving him BM till he starts solids at 4months.
Thanks for reading. Sorry for being long-winded.
Also, do you use a bfg cover when you are out in public places? I know nursing tops let you access the breast quickly but it still doesn't over discreetly.