I posted this in CLW but haven't gotten a response in 3 days and just realized maybe this is a better forum:
My son will be 3 in February and I am strongly considering a week or two in Guatemala. My supply has been really low for quite a while. I took a week away from him last spring where I pumped minimally and I have had a few 1 or 2 nights away where I just hand expressed a little to take the pressure off. But he still always nurses to sleep and to wake up and sometimes at other times. I seriously can't imagine that he is getting more than a tablespoon at a time. One side seems like a teaspoon max. But what do I know?
I've heard of kids weaning when mama's milk dries up when she's pregnant but I have a hard time seeing how its really about the milk. He keeps sucking for a long time after the milk has stopped/slowed down dramatically. Maybe he's just waiting for that half-swallow 15 sucks away? Cause some kids his age are totally hooked on silicon nipples (pacifiers), right?
He just started to talk this fall, isn't interested in potty learning (though he went in the potty many times as a baby) more than once a month. He falls asleep for naps at daycare (3-4 days/wk) really easily. Easier than the other kids who are very unlikely to be nursed at home.
I don't really want to bring my pump to Guatemala. And pumping (especially for a half an ounce) sounds like torture. Even though I really know it isn't. (I could hand-express a little. But that'll be more like a teaspoon by the time my back starts to hurt from bending over.)
So, these are my questions:
1. My milk will probably dry up completely, right?
2. What is he likely to do when he tries to nurse (assuming he does) and he gets no (or very little) milk? Will he be upset?
3. What will the transition to nurse-free bedtimes look like? DH spent an hour reading to him the nights I was gone last spring before he would fall asleep. I really like being able to read while he nurses for 20 minutes in the living room and that's the end of it.
I know none of you can know these answers for sure but I have no idea how any other kids have delt with this.
Thanks for any help!!