Thanks! And congratulations to you on your new baby!! I just found one mom to a now 11 y.o. boy who bf for 3.5 years after surgery!! We plan to talk by phone soon, and I'll share what she says... I'm so excited!
I'd recommend to you, Masel, whenever possible, to put your babe to your breast as often as you can (maybe after pumping and after he's had some bottle to take the edge off) so he can lick/suck but is not hungry. I made the mistake of putting my girl on when she was hungry and she would just SCREAM then we'd both be crying, as I flailed to set up the pump and bottle feed her. So I just stopped putting her to breast like 3 months ago. I'm trying to reintroduce it, and we are having some nice licking/dripping into her mouth sessions, but omg when she bites I feel like I might have a heart attack.
Also, Masel, I should let you know that the pumping every 2-3 hours at first sucks, but soon you can go like every 4+ hours, then in a couple months you can get it down to 4x/day. And when babe can hold the bottle himself it's like heaven because he can sit and eat while you pump, and pumping/feeding no longer dominates your life!!!!! (Yes it's less close of a feeling while feeding, but honestly, she is so busy now we don't have cozy bottle-feeding, we have me trying to distract her from playing/ransacking enough to get some milk down ;) I am now dwn to 3x/day, but must admit it's too long between pumps so I'm going to go back to 4x, but now I'm a pro and I can do it way faster than I used to. It has been so hard, but so worth it, and I am so proud of how fat and healthy my baby is. I would love to talk to you about all this if you'd like, if you need support! Oh and one thing that's really helpful is you only have to wash the pump parts 1x/day. If you rinse after every pump in hot water, shake all excess water out, and refrigerate, you stop growth of bacteria (and the cool breast shields feel so good) and save so much time. Then you can wash/sterilize in microwave bag if you want before bed and put on drying rack.