I am a new mom with not a whole lot of experience actively raising a sweet tiny baby (my son is seven weeks old). I need some advice: I try very hard to exclusively breastfeed my baby, but sometimes I have occasion to provide him with soy formula when either I am "tapped out" (I found out some medication I was on reduces milk production so I stopped taking it a few weeks ago) or he wakes startled by the LOUD neighbors or is so hungry that he can't latch and "freaks out" until my husband and I fight about it and he makes DS a bottle. He usually doesn't have a problem latching when he is calm or mildly upset, just when he is overwhelmed or overly upset by something. I DO have a pump but it is awful ( hurts like crazy and leaks out the back end) and we can't afford a better one right now so I don't pump all that often.
I feel so guilty, like I am poisoning him with the formula and/or too much of a "tenderboob" to tough out the "torture pump". It is ridiculous. I can't figure out how to ease off the occasional formula bottle without DS suffering....I know this is rambling but I am exhausted and emotional right now (hooray hormones).
Anyway, TL;DR: I Need help getting my boob-juice reserves higher and some tips on how to not rely on formula so much.
Also< someone tells me eat oatmeal every day for breakfast and one light beer a night to help with milk production . Has anyone else heard this, if so is it true?