3 days away from my 15month, BF & co-sleeping son

Molissa - posted on 10/06/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have plans to go away this weekend for 3 days and nights. My husband will be with my LO. I think that LO will be just fine during the day...I am just worried about night time. Most nights, I nurse him to sleep and place him in his crib. He has been waking up anywhere between 11pm and 3am, at which point I bring him into bed with us and nurse him 1-3x more throughout the night.

We tried a test run the other night with my husband comforting and offering a bottle. It went terribly. He screamed and cried for so long and hard that I eventually gave in and brought him into bed and nursed him. He was instantly calmed.

I feel terribly guilty and don't want any of the 3 of us to have a bad time. Should I just cancel (and loose $500! - ugh)? I would be attending a close family member's wedding. When I booked the flight months ago, I anticipated a better sleeping toddler. SIGH.

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Molissa - posted on 10/06/2013

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Lori, thanks again for commenting!

Well, since posting this, I have decided to write to the my travel insurance company and see if a "protesting breastfed child" is covered under the policy (doubtful!). If they are willing to reimburse me, it will help to make my decision even easier. The wedding is important to me. It is my brother and I truly want to be there for them. That said, if I can't enjoy it, what's the point?

I wish that I could bring them both with me but adding two more to the travel plan is pricy. There is also the issue of time change not to mention toting a toddler around in smoky and "loud all night" Vegas just doesn't sound fun. Darn!

Lori - posted on 10/06/2013

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The only one that can make this decision is you.
How important is it to you to attend this wedding?
It's very possible that he knew you were there, so he wouldn't settle for Dad. I could never get my LO's to sleep at 15 months or back to sleep in the middle of the night without breastfeeding. But on a rare occasion when at a sitters house during nap time, it wasn't a problem not nursing to sleep. Hmmm... it's just so hard to say what is or isn't going to be an issue.
Is there any way you can bring the LO with you? Maybe have a family member who lives where you'll be find a babysitter for the actual wedding, and then you can be with your LO at bedtime????

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