I think I can make it all the way to six months with exclusively breastfeeding! I know that they say that we can introduce solids (ie, rice cereal) at 4-6 months, but from what I understand, there is less of a risk of allergies when a baby is introduced to solids closer to the six month mark.
There was a point in time when I first started back to work and daycare was feeding Ella more than what I was pumping, and I was just praying that I would get to four months. But then we got into a routine and figured things out, and I seemed to be breaking even every day. As long as I went and fed her during my lunch break, I could get about 10-12 ounces in my 3-4 pumping sessions, and this would provide two 5-6 ounce bottles--one for the morning and one for the afternoon.
Now that Ella is sleeping through the night, I'm coming out ahead on the bottle count because I'm pumping in the middle of the night. So I'm essentially producing three bottles' worth per day, and she is going through two. There are still some days when I can't make it in to see her at lunch and she'll take three bottles, but let's just say that I'm running out of space in the freezer.
In fact, I've switched up my routine when it comes to prepping her bottles. Up until recently, I always fed her the "oldest" stuff--meaning, I froze whatever I pumped, and defrosted a bag for each bottle over night for the next day. But then I started thinking--why not just give her the "fresh" stuff? It's probably better for her in a lot of ways (and saves me a few steps as well). I can freeze any surplus and use that on days when I can't join her during my lunch break. I wish I had thought of this sooner...but I guess it's just part of the whole "figure it out as I go" mystery that is breastfeeding.
Today's blessing was the chance to chat with my sister-in-law. Yesterday was her first day at home alone with my niece. It's so nice to be able to have "mommy conversations" with her as we share this new adventure of parenthood together.