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I've been pumping full-time for the last month, my baby is 9 weeks old now and he is doing great with it. However, I'm tired!! I decided I don't want to pump anymore and am weaning myself off of it gradually...still it has resulted in a breast infection for me:( I've been giving my son formula at night and he seems to be doing well with it. Sleeping a little longer and bowel movements are okay. I am still giving him breastmilk during the day from my frozen stockpile. Yet, I am still nervous about when he starts having formula all day and night. I actually felt sad yesterday that he won't be having "mommy's milk" anymore. It was a big decision for me to decide to quit pumping but I just feel like I can't take it anymore and I go back to work in 2 weeks.
In my opinion, exclusive pumping is so much harder than exclusive breastfeeding. My best friend has been doing this for four months and it is tough work. She has to get up at night to pump even if the baby is sleeping, then get up again when the baby wants to eat. She has to pump quite often during the day, so she can't stay away from home too long unless she wants to pump in her car. It is hard work!
Feeling sad is completely normal and I think hormones has a lot to do with it. Breastfeeding releases hormones that help relax us and lift our mood. When you stop, it takes your body time to adjust. I weaned my daughter at the ripe old age of eighteen months and still had to go through a period of sadness.
You are doing the right thing by gradually introducing the formula. That will help his tummy to adjust better. It sounds like he is doing great.
You are doing a really great job afox77!