I'm sad to be making this post. I had the goal of providing the girls with exclusive breast milk for the 1st year or until I could start transitioning them to cow's milk but I didn't quite make my goal.
My decision to go on a weight loss plan has drastically decreased my supply and I also thought I was close to my goal and I dropped a pump a little too early which also led to my supply dropping. Prior to the supply drop, I was making 55oz of breast milk a day on average. As of late, I am only making 30-35oz a day. If I was only feeding one baby I would have tons of frozen milk and I would make plenty each day but since I have two mouths to feed, I can no longer keep up.
I thought I could just supplement the girls with cow's milk early but the pediatrician didn't think that would be a good idea for their nutrition. As preemies, they will need the extra calories and nutrition that can only come from breast milk or formula. The pediatrician wants us to keep the girls on breast milk or formula for a while longer, probably closer to their adjusted age of one year which will be in June. I will know more about how long when we have the girls 1 year well baby check-up on the 28th.
I did have a can of Similac Advanced that we were given as a sample that I thought I would never have to use, but today I opened the can and mixed my first bottle of formula. I only gave the girls 2oz of formula mixed with 4oz of BM but I still feel like I failed a little on my goal. I know there is nothing wrong with formula and my girls will not be harmed in anyway but I'm still sad about not being able to keep up.
Happy 7th Birthday!!!
10 months ago