Will I be able to keep my milk supply after no feedings for 4 days?

Carissa - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




On May 1st my daughter will turn a year old. At the end of May I'll be away from her for 4 days and i'm concerned about my milk supply lasting without her latching on (though i do plan on pumping) and problems getting her to latch back on after being off for so long. I'd love any advice or thoughts?


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Alvina - posted on 01/24/2017




Eat lots and lots of calories, drink plenty of fluids and Healthy nursing tea, and let your baby nurse (or pump) as often as possible.

Hannah - posted on 01/03/2010




pump as often as your baby would normally nurse, and gets some BreastFlow bottles (by The First Years). I had problems w my son latching after bottles until I switched to these. Now, I swear he can't tell the difference between those bottles and the breast!

Debbie - posted on 01/03/2010




I travel every two weeks for work and I am gone for two days at a time. My DD is 17 months and we have no trouble. She is just very glad to see me when I get home, she often wants an extra long nursing session then.

Christine - posted on 01/03/2010




I think your supply will be fine as long as you are pumping some when you're gone. Especially because she'll be a year old. Your supply is well established. As far as her latching back on, I don't know if anyone will be able to give you an answer to that. Every baby is different. I considered taking a trip away from my baby so I asked around about this same issue awhile ago. It seemed to me that it was about 50/50 at that age. I ended up deciding not to go because my DD's Dr. thought it would somewhat emotionally difficult on my daughter if I did. My trip was going to be when mine was 6 months old, though, and still getting all her food and comfort from the breast.

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