So my 22 week old DS is healthily on the growth chart (16 pounds) but has lost some and has given up sleeping a 5-6 hour stretch for feeding every 1-2 hours around the clock. I used to be able to pump a couple ounces at least in between feedings, and now I can barely get half an ounce. He pulls and pulls at the breast after a few minutes, trying to get another let-down and I just don't have more. I've started pumping regularly and added goat's rue and shatavari to my regimen (fenugreek wasn't tolerated well by baby). I've also added some a dark beer at night a couple times this week. My supply is better, but I'm still not keeping up with him.
So, my question to you is: supplement with formula, or start solids? I would normally wait until 6 months for solids, and would start with avocado, or something nutrient-packed (not cereal). Oh, ds is also sensitive to dairy, and reacts when I eat even hidden dairy too much. (Mucousy poop, lots of tummy troubles, projectile vomiting) so regular formula wouldn't be an option. Soy makes me nervous, and I'm not sure what my other options are.
In general, I think formula should be a last resort and I don't really feel comfortable with it. But, starting solids so early makes me a little nervous, too.