Join Date: May 2007
Location: I live in Evans Georgia
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I would have to say that although it may seem unfair a seven month old is defintely capable of going 2 hours without nursing. The thing is that it is important that the father gets to establish a relationship with his baby also and in all reality that mother should be so grateful that 2 hours is all that was ordered. It could have been overnights. I have seen far worse schedules ordered with EBF babes. Separation anxiety is normal for this age and once the dad can establish his own bond with the baby then that anxiety will lessen. If the mother cares for her baby then i hope she will be willing to start pumping for those visits so the baby can still at least have that comfort while with the dad. I would hate to see the baby get started on formula just because she isn't willing to pump. The orders have been made, appealing such orders is very difficult and like i said before your sister should be thankful the visitation is so minimal. It is in the babies best interest to have the love of both parents. The mother should start introducing a sippy cup with some water or her milk in it and this should be substantial for those visits. My now nine month old baby started taking sippy cups of water at 6 months old and she can easily go 2 hours without nursing. She prefers to nurse throughout the day but if i put her in the Ergo and go about my day she can easily get through a 2 hour period without nursing and a sippy cup of water tides her over. It's time for the mama to help her baby through this process with ease and not to be selfish about pumping. It would benefit babe to have that milk in a sippy cup while he is gone. It isn't that long, really. The baby will be fine if mama and papa work together to ensure the visits are positive and healthy. I hope that helps, i'm not trying to be harsh but as a mama who is in the midst of really unfair custody decisions i'm just saying this mama is lucky it is only 2 hours.