As the title suggests, I think I may be heading down the exclusive pumping route with my 6.5 month old A little background info: he got quite sick 4 days ago and ended up in ED with a diagnosis of mild croup. Since then he has only directly latched twice and basically refused all other attempts to latch on, pushes away, arching his back and gets even more distressed.
In order to get him to feed, I've had to express and bottle feed him. I know all the info on breast refusal recommends against this but my main priority was to get him fed as he would not feed otherwise and was lethargic, running temperatures and not making any wet nappies. As much as I feel upset that he's not breastfeeding, I have come to terms with the fact that this is what is best for him now. I just did not expect our breastfeeding journey to come to such an abrupt end and it's heartbreaking to think that I was not able to provide my baby with milk and comfort like I was supposed to.
Anyway, he's better now and readily taking ebm from bottles while still refusing to breastfeed directly. I'm struggling to keep up with expressing, feeding and sterilising bottles and equipment. While he only feeds 5 times a day, I'm finding I have to express 7-8 times to get the amount that he needs. Yesterday he took a total of 750 ml via bottles and I was able to express about 800. However as he recovers, his appetite is also growing and I'm worried that I will not be able to keep up my supply.
Does anyone have any advise with regards to pumping exclusively? Im able to get about 200ml at the first morning pump and it dwindles as the day progresses to less than 80 at some sessions. I'm hoping to be able to get to the point where I'm only pumping 4-5 times per day with a greater yield each time.. Is this unrealistic?? I'm using a double pump. While I'm so grateful that he's still feeding and still having breastmilk, it's still so hard physically as well as mentally and emotionally. I did not ever see myself in this situation.