My DD2 is 18 mo and I am feeling an intense need to get away for a little bit. I need a little time alone, probably with my best friend, not taking care of anyone for a few days. I would not have considered this sooner but I'm starting to feel desperate.
DD2 was exclusively bf and never took a bottle. I've never been away from her overnight. I wouldn't leave her with anyone else (as much as DH & I want to go away together), but I feel confident leaving her with DH. She and DH are very attached and he puts her to bed most nights. However, I nurse her 1-2 times during the night.
At this point, obviously, she doesn't rely on nursing for food although she likes the snack in the night. Mainly it's for nurturing and comfort. I know if I'm not there, DH can provide awesome nurturing, although it's not the same as mama's breast.
I feel pretty confident that she will not wean if I am gone one night (which I may do relatively soon). However, I am worried that if I leave for more than that, she may wean. I am hoping she will wean when she is ready to grow in that direction - not because I left town. That feels so sad to me; even though I am going crazy, that's not what I want. I have always intended that I would nurse for at least 2 years, and since she's not a demanding nurser, I don't mind going longer. What would happen to my milk and what would happen when I get back? If I go on a 5 day cruise, will she give up the breast? Would I have to pump? At what point do I say, ok, I'm not weaning her but whatever happens, happens? I guess babies are all different, but how does it work for other people? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!