DD is 5 months tomorrow and so far ebf (apart from a little bit of farex yesterday). I have always been rubbish at expressing, getting tiny amounts, never enough to actually feed her!
My hand is therefore now being forced - in a couple of weeks, I have an exam and I need to be away from home about 5 hours. DD usually feeds every 3 hours during the day unless she has a long sleep. I tried expressing again on Saturday and got precisely NOTHING so I think I need to give up on the idea of getting her used to taking a bottle of ebm and then leaving it for her.
I could take her to the exam place and feed her say half an hour before it and then meet DH and DD immediately afterwards - this would make a 4 hour gap which she might survive but I would want to have a backup.
Questions - we've just started solids and so introducing a sippy cup for water - if I can get her used to that should I also use it for the ff rather than trying to introduce a bottle at this stage?
Should I do a test run of offering her ff in advance or given that I can bf her within 4 hours, do I not need to bother as she won't exactly starve and so can take the ff if she wants it?
If she takes it ok, can I then mix feed more regularly or would that be sillly at this stage having got so far with ebf?
Where can I buy cartons of ready made formula?
Told you they were stupid questions! Really appreciate anyone's advice.