I go back to work in a a couple of weeks, when DS will be 11 months. I will be travelling regularly (probably weekly) for 2-3 days at a time. DS currently feeds morning and night only, but isn't too bothered about his morning feed.
As well as missing me, he's going to miss his feeds when I'm not around He point blank refuses to take formula or cows milk, but happily drinks water and juice (so at least dehydration isn't a concern).
I plan to keep his diet full of dairy / calcium - fromage frais, cheese etc
Any other hints / tips on keeping his dairy intake up, or how to help him cope without his bedtime feed?
Are you able to express at all? Not sure how much you could build up in 2 weeks but might be worth a try if you still want him to have bm?
Do you want to keep your supply for the days you are with him as you might lose it quite quickly with being away for a few days (not sure as not at the stage of stopping yet) but expressing would keep it going and provide bm for DS when you're not there (solving the calcium issue)?
Thanks MoreSnowPlease (and sorry I disappeared for a couple of days!)
I've brought his bedtime feed forward by 30mins, so that he's no longer feeding to sleep. He's not overly impressed with this, but I think splitting the feed and going to sleep parts of the routine will help.
I struggle to express, and when I have he has refused the bottle / cup etc, so have given up on this.
My ideal scenario would be to feed when I'm at home, and simply miss out the feeds I'm not here for. This is my second DC, so I am a bit more relaxed and am pretty confident about my milk supplies, although haven't tested them like this before. When I've missed the occasional morning feed at home, neither he, nor my breasts seem to have noticed.
My first trip is already booked - an overnighter, so I will miss one bedtime feed, and the morning feed after that. Wish me luck!
My DS is also 11 months and since I went back to work in December he has not been regularly BF.
I thought we had stopped altogether after a week of no BF ( he will take formula so he doesn't actually need to BF) until he latched himself on again one morning. My supply doesn't seen to be affected by irregular feeding and now some weeks he will feed every day if he wakes early, other weeks its only at the weekend.
I suppose what I'm saying is you may be pleasantly surprised and able to continue feeding for longer than you thought.