Have just heard a one-week work trip to the other side of the world (12+hours flight) is in the offing. Quite possible I will be asked to go. Problem is, I am still breastfeeding my 16-month-old 3+ times a night. What do I do?
Boss is brilliant and could not have been more helpful in terms of work-life balance up to now, but I am not sure whether he knows I am still breastfeeding. I think I ought to tell him, but don't want to sound like I am being difficult... Further issue is that there are only a few of us who are qualified to go and help with this, and the other main candidate also has a toddler (whom she is not breastfeeding, but again not sure whether our boss knows- no reason why he should).
Were I not breastfeeding I would jump at the opportunity: interesting assignment, never been to that part of the world, likelihood of brownie points for going...
I tend to feed him at 8pm (feed to sleep), whenever he wakes up in the night (usually around 3/4am, but sometimes 11pm and 5am) and then around 7am.
Would not mind giving up the middle of the night feed (which, in any event, he had given up around 5 months and then only restarted after he was 1 year old) but do not want to stop breastfeeding yet. Am concerned that if I go away for a week he will feel abandoned (we've never been away from each other for more than a few hours) and will forget how to latch on...
Although ds was used to it (I went back to travelling for work when he was 6 months), he was never put off by me going away - in fact quite the opposite, and continued to bf till he was 23 months (which wasn't prompted by a trip), so I wouldn't worry about that so much
I don't know about the abandonment issue - I'm struggling with that myself as I prepare to leave DS(25 months) for a week, but as for BF - your DS won't forget how to latch on. At your DSs age I would want to express though.