I'm wondering the same.
I will be away for 3 days, 2 nights. I do pump on days that I work, so I can pump, but I'm interested to hear other experiences. I worry that this could trigger DS weaning, though that doesn't seem likely.
When I first started leaving her, we were nursing more often and I pumped each morning for my own comfort (didn't try to bring the milk home). By the end of our nursing relationship, we weren't nursing very often, and I didn't bother to pump the several days I was gone.
For YOUR comfort, bring a breast pump if you're nursing more than once a day. You will get uncomfortably engorged otherwise, and you'll be sure to keep up your supply if you want to continue to nurse.
It was two overnights, DS was home with DH and everything was fine when I got back. My only regret was not being able to save the milk - I had about 18oz. pumped - it just didn't survive the flight and all the temperature changes and smelled funky once I got it home.
Dh took 2.25 yr old ds with him on a 3 day trip (leaving fri morn and getting back mon night) to visit grandma and grandpa while dd and I stayed here. Ds nurses at least once before bed, a few times throughout the night and sometimes one or two times during the day as well. I was pretty nervous about it beforehand - that ds would miss me and nursing too much, that my boobs would get totally engorged, etc - but none of that happened. Ds coped very very well without nursing. He had a great time with his dad and grandparents. And my boobs didn't become engorged in the least. I guess he nurses infrequently enough, or he's been nursing for long enough, that my boobs were able to deal with 3.5 days of no nursing. I even borrowed a pump from a friend (mine is on loan to another friend who is still using it), but I never had to use it.
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Also, when I lost the first baby this summer, it was the weekend we were scheduled to go to a yearly reuinion we have with college friends. I didn't go, but DH took all the kids, including the nursing toddler. He did great until the last day apparently. But I wonder if what made it easy was that they went away from the house, so he didn't have all those reminders of me and of nursing. I didn't need to pump at all and he came back home and nursed just fine.
He turns two in a week, and he is still nursing strong!
Can your DC sleep without you?
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I think he'll be fine without nursing for 24 hours and just drinking cow's milk, but I'll probably have to pump a little for my own comfort. I think I'll just pull out the manual pump and take a little off the top.
I don't think either of us are quite ready to wean yet. The nursing relationship is winding down, but it's still a pretty important source of comfort and nutritional insurance, especially when he's sick. He's also had three ear infections recently and I want to keep up that immune system boost.
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I think taking a pump if you have one or doing hand pumping is the best idea to relieve any fullness you might have.