Originally Posted by jeannie81
really? hmm... hasn't been my experience. it's hard for me to believe that a baby who has been breastfed for 2 months would forget how after 2 days.
Breastfeeding is VERY individual. I think that's why the previous poster pointed this out... it could
be very misleading info to give out-- and some women experience a drop (or loss) of supply with any schedule change and even nipple confusion, even at an early age. I can attest to both.
You may very well be right that most babies would be fine, but it is also true that some mothers could come back to a baby that refuses to nurse or a diminished supply and have many weeks or months of work to do to reestablish nursing.
At 2 months of age, my ds and I had not mastered latching and nursing. I had given him a pacifier to soothe him when he needed to suck but did NOT want breastmilk (something I wouldn't recommend, but it was a last resort thing and did help me continue
to breastfeed and my lc said that it probably wouldn't hurt anything at this point in the game). It ended up helping my breast heal and things started to get better. BUT at one point I switched brands of pacifier and after a few days realized that his latch had deteriorated and the pain was back and worse. I luckily realized that the new pacifier was so much narrower than the old ones and THIS was the problem. I was able to switch back and this helped him keep his mouth open wide. (BTW, I used Avent and had switched to Nuk, Nuk is almost circular, while Avent is a very wide oval that is just as thick but much longer). The pacifier and bottle nipples are pretty much identical so I don't see why this wouldn't apply to bottle feeding.
Also, I have been very fortunate to have adequate supply with my work situation... I worked 2 days after ds was 2. I didn't even have to pump. But I have a friend of mine who had to pump (at work AND an extra time at home) even though she only worked a half a day 2 or 3 times a week. She also did many things to increase her supply (oatmeal, teas, fenugreek, etc.)
I've been very lucky with my supply but recently got hit with virus/sinuses/cold and resorted to taking some benadryl... I was so heartbroken when my son came down with something a week later and my supply had dropped to virtually nothing.... the benadryl had dried me up a bit- I've been nursing for so long, I totally forgot that this could happen.
I've been blessed to support my son with breastmilk and nursing through every sickness and I missed the reassurance when my body was only able to comfort him, but not provide nutritionally )-:
In MOST cases pumping and being gone for 2 days is likely to be completly fine, but any mother considering this should understand that it could turn out otherwise and be prepared to minimize the impact.