Ok so here is my story
I knew when my daughter was born that I would have to pump for awhile because I knew she'd be in the NICU for a few weeks (no one mentions how bad it hurts to pump 5 hours after a c-section). So I began pumping, every 3 hours. My daughter spent 3 weeks in the NICU, the day they said she could come home they also let me put her to breast. She took right to it and had a great latch! I was sooooo excited! All my hard work for the last 3 weeks had paid off! We were able to breastfeed for 3 days.
I took my daughter to her first regular pediatrician appointment and her pedi told me 1. that my daughter hadn't gained enough since birth, so I needed to start pumping again and bottle feeding, or formula feeding and 2. that if I chose to pump, I would never be able to keep up and produce enough for my daughter.
The pedi had me start putting Alimentum formula in my daughters bottle with breast milk, just to up the calories. My daughter began spitting up and crying ALL the time. We thought she was colicky, they thought she had reflux and prescribed different meds for her. the doctors were talking about putting a feeding tube in her because she wasn't gaining.
So finally I said no more formula to up the calories, and gave my daughter just BM. She gained half a pound in a week! (we found out recently she has a dairy allergy, no reflux
A month or so later (she was about 5 months old) the doctor said we could quit pumping and put her to the breast. My daughter did not like the idea of anything but a bottle at all. Whenever I would take my shirt off she would start screaming! We saw an LC, I tried expressing milk first, I tried squirting some of her bottle in her mouth while she was at my nipple, I tried feeding her when she was hungry, when she'd already had some bottle, in the bathtub, during the night when she was barely awake. We tried everything, and had no luck. It upset both of us so eventually I stopped crying because it was making me feel like a failure.
So now, 12.5 months PP I am still pumping. Up until 12 months I pumped every 3 hours, no matter what. When my daughter went through a growth spurt I would pump every 2 hours and cluster pump until my supply would increase. Now I am pumping 7 times a day, so that I am able to sleep a bit more.
One of the only pics I have BFing my daughter