Keeping Milk Supply While Away from Baby??

Nicole - posted on 05/20/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I will be away from my 15 month old for approx 6 days...I am afraid my milk supply will dry up! My son does not take a bottle either so I am also concerned for my in-laws and how they will comfort him. He nurses 5-6x per day and we both really enjoy it. Anyone with tips/suggestions? I am very anxious for this trip - I have about 2 months until we leave!

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Kristi - posted on 05/22/2011

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My mistake, I didn't fully pay attention to your sons age. Like Sara said a bottle isn't necessary for a 15 month old. I think she had some good advice just don't let yourself get frustrated or give up and while you're away if you feel you've pumped enough for the day, pump once more lol :)

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Nicole - posted on 05/31/2011

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Thanks for the advice guys. I am really NOT ready to give up nursing and I hope he isn't either. I will be pumping while I am away to keep everything going and to ensure I don;t become engorged and uncomfortable. I can only hope that he doesn't want to nurse because he doesn't see me. He does eat very well normally but lately seems fussy-I notice that he is getting two upper teeth.

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I'm in the same boat, My baby is 19 months. WE want to go away in 2.5 months. He nurses alot still. Eats very well too. I am going to do a few nights away to see. I have no idea what to do.

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I wouldn't worry about a bottle for a baby that age. If you have a stash you could have them offer milk in a sippy cup or even a regular cup. Does he eat a lot of solids? Maybe try some trial runs and let him spend a few hours or even do an overnight with them. He may surprise you and be just fine. If he lets others rock him to sleep then he'll probably do great. I would definitely pump or hand express while you're away. That's a long time and you will get very uncomfortable or even develop clogged ducts or mastitis if you don't pump. If you can't store and bring the milk back then just dump it (I know that's hard to do). I'm sure it will be hard to be away that long! When you get back just let him nurse again and things will probably go back to normal. If he's a little fussy at the breast then try offering frequently for a few days in case you do have a little dip in supply. Once you get him back on the breast it should rebound pretty quickly. Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 05/21/2011

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Really? In that short of a timeframe it may dry up? Wow, I'd better be careful. But I have tried to give him a bottle. He ust plays with the nipple, barely taking any liquid from it, no matter what is in it. I have tried a couple of different bottles too. In the past when someone has taken him for the day, they have just rocked him to sleep. Should I try pumping and having someone ELSE give him the bottle? The problem is, he doesn't seem to know what to do WITH it. He takes sippy cups just fine.....

Kristi - posted on 05/20/2011

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What I would try first is to give your son a bottle of breastmilk yourself to get him used to a bottle. It is better if you try first because he is used to you being the one to feed him. This will hopefully make it easier on your in-laws. When it comes to keeping your milk supply up while away from your baby, you have to pump. If you feed 6 times a day try and pump 6 times if not more. It's all about supply and demand, if the demand isn't there the supply will decrease. It may be a pain to pump that much while on a trip but going even a couple of days without feeding or pumping can cause you to dry up.

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