I was only supposed to use it until my milk came in but since our scare at the hospital I was so afraid of him getting dehydrated again. So we used the SNS and after breastfeeding with the SNS we would give him the rest of what was left in the bottle but then he would cry and we would be concerned that he still wasn’t getting enough so we made bigger bottles. Then we stopped using the SNS and I would breastfeed than right after feed him a 4 once bottle and he’d be fine. I was getting exhausted with having to do both, I wanted to breastfeed but I also wanted the reassurance that my son was getting everything that he needed. My husband and I decided it was time to go and see a lactation consultant, which realistically was fine but it still didn’t help much. All they do is encourage you to breastfeed they don’t offer any support in the other direction so they basically said what I was doing was fine and sent me on my way. So instead we went to my family doctor and this is where is all changed for me. She told me that if I really wanted to breastfeed exclusively that I just needed to do it for 24 hours, no bottles, no formula, and see how it goes. She told me feedings should be anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes, 20 minutes on one side will drain your breast and to make my son wait at least 2 hours before feeding him again because any sooner and your body doesn’t have enough time to produce more milk. So we did it and it turned out I was making enough my baby just sometimes got a little cranky and not because he was hungry, he was just being a baby. Everything has been fine and now I’m still breastfeeding and my son is 7 months old and I plan to continue breastfeeding until he’s at least a year old.
The only problem we have encountered now is that for what ever reason I can not pump, so if for what ever reason I go somewhere with out my son we have to make bottles of formula for him. Luckily this rarely happens but in the off chance that it does its good that Jellybean has never been picky, he takes it just fine but it just constipates him a little for a couple days.
So new Moms if you want to do it stick to it. There is plenty of resources out there and all kinds of different things to try. I was so close to giving up but I had so many people around me supporting me in whatever choice I had decided to make. After all I went through I can completely understand why people give up and throw in the towel because I almost did myself. I don’t judge on the choices others make I only know what was right for me. All I know is I wanted to make sure I gave it the best shot I could and make sure I was completely informed and using all my resources. I read up on things you can do to increase your milk supply and had tons of advice from other women from drink a beer, eat oatmeal, drink a special milk maids tea, to talk to your doctor about a pill you can take. I even pumped after I breastfeed my son to help stimulate more milk production. I tried it all and but all in all whatever choice you make is whats right for you.