HELP! May be leaving 8month old EBF LO for the weekend

Shannon - posted on 07/15/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My birthday is in September and hubby wants to go to miami for the weekend. My LO is exclusivley breastfed and occasionally has food for fun...she has never takin breast milk from a bottle. She will however drink water out of her bottle. On top of that she has never been away from me for more than two hours and the one instance where she was I returned to her screaming bc she didnt want her bottle. I also start school again at the end of August so she may be starting day care. The whole thing has me worried constantly i dont want to be away from her :( I feel guilty thinking about it...I have no idea what to do...or where to being preparing. I have a pretty big milk supply and I do not want to supplement with formula at all I've made it this far and I would like to keep it up....any suggestions!! Please

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Tina - posted on 07/17/2012

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Maybe you can compromise. If you're not comfortable being away from baby no one should make you. I know how you feel mine are 1 and 2. The longest I have been away from my son is when I was in hospital for 3 days after having my daughter it was horrible I couldn't handle being away from him. Have you asked about alternatives so you can study and not have to be away from your baby. some places cater for that. You and bubs have to be comfortable with these decisions. If you're not comfortable being away from her you may need to discuss it with your partner. Only about a week or so my MIL wanted to take my daughter out for the day. I said no. I wasn't ready for her to be away from me. Otherwise if you do think you can do this. Maybe you need to get her and yourself into practice not only with the bottle but spending time with someone else to see how she goes. You can also get nipples similar to breast which are suppose to be good hope this helps

Shannon - posted on 07/16/2012

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Thank you :) I'm about to start giving her a bottle now...it's gonna be a rough next few days!

Lisamarie - posted on 07/16/2012

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Hey, I didn't breastfeed so not sure how much help I can be but I will try. When my daughter was just under a year my hubby and I went on a weekend away while she stayed at her nanny's. We made sure our daughter stayed at her nanny's a few times before we went so she could get used to it.
You can keep breast milk in a fridge for up to 5 days at a temperature of 4 degree's Celsius or colder so maybe you could start substituting with a bottle of breast milk before you go to get her accustomed to it. As she already takes water from a bottle I don't think the transition should be too hard (not positive on this).
Although I never breastfed I always did the feeds so my children were not used to it from other people either so again with the staying over and the bottles before you go, get her used to you feeding her the bottle but also other people who may come round, nanny's, grandad's, friends. It will help you LO get used to other people and different situations where you will not be there.
I know it is horrible to leave your children even for the smallest amount of time but it will benefit them and you in the long run, you do not want a 8 year old clinging to your leg and having a tantrum every time you leave, nip it in the bud now and it should all work out fine. Good luck :-)

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