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Leaving 12m DD for first time will miss 2 bfs will I get....

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happypiglet Wed 30-Jul-08 16:20:50

Going away for first time overnight this weekend since DD was born. DD is 12m and has 2 breast feeds a day, one in morning and one at 3pm (not fed in evening she is not interested!).
I will miss 3pm feed on Sat and morning feed on Sun but be back for 3pm feed on Sun.
I will take pump but haven't used it at all with DD and so last time I used it successfully was when DS2 was 12 weeks old about 2.5 years ago!!
Just wondered if anyone else had experience of going for this long without bfs with a DC around this age & whether you got engorged or not. Now I am down to 2 feeds a day boobs are generally softer and less big than before any way!! Could I get away without pumping do you think?

Laugs Wed 30-Jul-08 16:25:20

Hi, yes I have done it, sort of.

I BF'd until DD was 20 months.

At about 18 months I went away for 4 days. She was down to one feed a day at that point and I was worried the milk would have gone by the time I got back, but it was fine. I was not engorged either, but I guess that's because I was only producing enough for 1 feed a day by then.

I know these experiences are 6 months apart, so not sure if that'd make any difference.

Laugs Wed 30-Jul-08 16:27:02

Also, when she was 9-10 months, I dropped quite quickly from 4 feeds a day to two, then just one - all probably within about a month. I worried too that this would affect my milk supply, but it was fine.

Laugs Wed 30-Jul-08 16:27:52

Have a nice weekend away, by the way. smile

Justers Wed 30-Jul-08 16:28:33

I remember when my ds was 6 months and started back at work doing a 12 hour night shift I think I would of been feeding him more than twice a day though. But by the end of my shift I was engorged and uncomfortable although I managed not to use a pump. I suppose if you take the pump with you, you'll have the option of using it if things get too uncomfy!

amner Wed 30-Jul-08 16:28:45

You will probably be OK.

I left my 16 month for the first time a few months ago. I took my pump with me just in case I was exploding during the dinner party but I was fine.

By about 24 hours I was ready to feed him again though grin

Enjoy your evening you lucky thing, and dont worry about her. She will be fine !

PortAndLemon Wed 30-Jul-08 16:29:18

I've done it at that age and didn't get uncomfortably engorged until I'd missed 4 or 5 feeds (and even then I managed by hand-expressing in the shower rather than pumping).

Flier Wed 30-Jul-08 16:30:06

IME you may feel rather full and may drip, so can you take some disposable breast pads with you, just in case?
hope you have a lovely weekend away.

happypiglet Wed 30-Jul-08 16:33:04

Many thanks. I am looking forward to it but also worried she won't miss bfeeding enough to resume when I get back... My morning feed on Sat may be esp poignant (can't spell that)!!

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