Breastfeeding with Tillie didn't go very well. I went into it this time figuring it would be the same, but still wanted to give breastfeeding a shot because, hey, formula is expensive.
For the first week I just breastfed on demand(and still are). Teddy didn't have screaming fits in the evening, so I figured he must be getting enough. I was pretty surprised at his one week check-up when he was 3oz over his birth weight already. Tillie wasn't even back to her birth weight at 2 weeks.
I never bought one of the fancy electric pumps because I wasn't working enough to justify the purchase. I still have the Avent Isis manual pump I bought when I was pregnant with Tillie. It didn't work for me then and it doesn't work for me now. It has good reviews, so I don't know why I get nothing when I use it. It's still not worth buying an electric pump.
Teddy tends to cluster feed every couple of hours, chills out staring at the wall for a little and then sleeps for a while. (Sometimes. He really had not much of a schedule. Not that I would expect him to at 2.5 weeks.) At night this gets a little old. I really enjoy reading in a bath at night. Teddy just wasn't letting me do it. So, I decided that we should start giving him 1oz of formula just so I could get a break. Also, I didn't want him to be a kid who would never take a bottle. That was me as a baby and I know it was frustrating for my parents from stories I've heard.
It was a little bit of a fight the first few days. When we finally got him to take a bottle, he would only take it from me. I know, weird kid. Finally this week Tim has been able to give him a bottle and it's lovely. I don't get a long bath, but at least I was able to finish The Hunger Games this week!