When I decided to breastfeed, I admit it was for selfish reasons. I was hoping to lose the baby weight that I had gained during pregnancy. My daughter was born and right to the boob she went. It was going almost too good to be true. She had the perfect latch from the start so I hardly got sore nipples. She went for her 1 week check up and while she had lost almost a pound, I was still given the green light to exclusively breastfeed. My milk supply was great and as a matter of fact, I had a bit of oversupply. I was in heaven. It was going so so well. And then the first growth spurt hit. It was getting to the point where I dreaded her waking up because I didn't want to feed her. My nipples hurt like hell and from 4pm to 9 or 10pm I couldn't move off the couch or put her down. It was also taking a toll on my other two children, one of whom is special needs. So came the first bottle of formula. And it was great. I actually got 3 hours to do what I needed to do and spend time with my two other kids. It was so great in fact I gave her another before bed. I got a nice amount of sleep and thought well this isn't so bad after all. The bottles of formula just kept coming. She seemed to be doing well and I was no longer dreading her being awake. And then about a week later the problems started. Projectile vomiting, constant constipation, and very very fussy from her tummy hurting. A trip to the doc and he said it takes some time for them to get used it so I kept it up. That was when she 3 weeks old. Well 2 weeks later and the problems were still there. After trying different formulas and it not getting better, I decided enough was enough. Back to the boob she was going. I was so hell bent on getting her back on the breast milk that she never had trouble with. So I bought a $300.00 pump, stocked up on fenugreek, and away I went. I started pumping 1.5 to 2 hours a day and every 2 hours at night. My baby is 8 weeks old now and I am still no where near where I need to be. I can pump all day and it takes a day and a half to get 1 bottle to feed her. You name the pill or herb and I have tried it. My nipples are so so sore and I am exhausted. I am on the verge of giving up. Please if you are just starting or considering breastfeeding, keep at it or give it a shot. I am so kicking myself in the ass now. All these problems she has now just because I didn't want to tough it out and feed constantly for a few hours. I would give anything to go back to it. I miss it so much. I think it may be too late for me but before you pick up that bottle remember that it could take weeks to see what affect it could have on them. Stick with it and be proud. I wish I would have. Just a note: this was only my story and is no way meant to offend those who physically cannot breastfeed.