I am currently in Uganda about to bring home our 7 month old adopted daughter, Gabrielle. I have had her with me for two months. I was able to induce lactation and for the last two months she's been almost exclusively drinking breast milk. We tried and were not able to begin breastfeeding. I did not want to have a battle with her over this and have decided it's best for her to just make the bottle feeding as much like nursing as possible.
I am getting really tired of pumping, however, and I don't think I can keep it up a lot longer. I am able to make about 25-30 ounces of milk a day, all that she needs now that she's eating solids, but once I am home with our 5 kids on my own, I don't think I can keep the pumping up. Also, I will have to return to Uganda without our baby girl in about a month for 2-3 weeks to bring home her 4 year old sister (we couldn't get court dates at the same time). It will not be possible for me to keep pumping when I return to Uganda, so we have to figure out how we'll feed baby girl over the next 3-4 weeks.
When I stop pumping, she'll be about 8 months old. I have a small stash of donor milk in the freezer, maybe enough for 2-3 weeks more.
So I'm trying to decide what to do. Gabrielle does not do well with milk-based formula. I'm considering soy formula, but I don't like that the main ingredient is corn syrup. Any thoughts on soy formula vs. goats milk? She's doing well with solids so my plan is also to keep increasing her solid food intake so she's having 3 meals plus some snacks each day of good, healthy food.