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Can I keep my supply up just expressing for 3.5 days?

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girlylala0807 Wed 12-Aug-09 18:29:09

My 4.5 month ds is going with Dh next week to stay at grannies for a few days so I can have a chance to revise and do exams as I have 5 in the next 2 weeks .

Its far from ideal I know, please dont judge.

Will it be possible to keep supply up while he is away just expressing?

While he is away I have stored enough milk for him for a few feeds a day so his formula feeds will go up to two a day rather than 1, should he have water as well to help him digest it better, someone suggested it mey help but im not sure.


weegiemum Wed 12-Aug-09 18:33:45


When my dd1 (first child) was 5 months old, I went on holiday with my Gran. It was for a specific occasion and had been planned before I became pregnant.

I was away for 10 days. I expressed enough (it came out at about half a gallon!) for her before I went, expressed 5 times a day while I was gone, and then went on to feed her to 12 months when I got back.

You can do it. No, it is not ideal, but life isn't.

I look back now on those 10 days with my Gran, who died almost 3 years ago now, and am so pleased I went on holiday with her - that time is precious, and could not be replaced,

girlylala0807 Wed 12-Aug-09 18:48:05

Thank you for answering so fast.

That keeps my mind at ease for now.

CMOTdibbler Wed 12-Aug-09 21:10:22

yes, as long as you express really thoroughly (hand express at the end to get the last of the milk out, you'll be suprised how much there is), and enough times a day, it won't be a problem.

I travel for work, and started back travelling when DS was 6 months old, and continued to feed him till he was 23 months

girlylala0807 Thu 13-Aug-09 16:36:16

Thanks CMOT.

I have taken to hand expressing after giving up with 3 different breast pumps, I just about have the hang of it now!

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