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Old 03-10-2005, 01:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi. I have a 19 month dd. When she is 21 months I am going to have to be away from her for 36 hours. It is unavoidable. So far, the longest I have been away from her is 12 hours. I have had no trouble with engorgement and dd had no trouble with me being gone that long. She currently nurses 5 times a day. Before and after bed and nap and once in the middle of the night. She has been skipping her middle-of-night feeding every other night at this point. I have a stash of frozen milk from before I returned my borrowed electric pump (I returned it because it was no longer working on me). She also eats tons of solids. So I am not worried about how she will cope. Dh will be with her and she is generally pretty easy going. I am worried about my supply and being uncomfortable. I have a hand pump that has never ever worked for me, not even when dd went on a nursing strike at 3 months and I almost exploded I have also never been able to hand express. In fact the only way I could ever get the electric pump to work was to have dd eating on the other side at the same time. So I will take the hand pump but am not counting on it to be of any help. Will my milk decrease significantly in 36 hours? And at this point, when I do not seem to get engorged at all anymore, will I be terribly uncomfortable?

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When my ds was about the same age and nursing and eating similar amounts we spent 36 hours apart (pervious to that it had been 12 or 13 hours.) I never felt uncomfortable; I didn't pump.
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please excuse my ignorance ... what's btdt?
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Hi.

btdt = been there, done that

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mnnice - that is very reassuring, thanks!
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I had to be away from my 15 month old DD last month, overnight. My biggest worry had been her bedtime, because she nurses to sleep. However, she was fine - a little irritated, initially, that Daddy had no booby, but quickly got over it! :LOL

I took my hand pump with me too, although I hadn't pumped in months. I did use it, although I didn't feel terribly engorged.

I'm sure you'll do fine!
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I had to be away from my nursing 25 mo old for 4 days recently. We both did fine! She was nursing about 5 times a day too, but at least was used to being away from me during the day because I work outside the home. I did bring my Pump In Style and was glad I had it, tho' I think I would have been ok without it. I didn't get hugely engorged like I would have if she were an infant, just somewhat uncomfortable. I only needed to pump once a day the first 2 days, and then I was fine.

She stayed with dh and ds. Had a little bit of a problem with restless sleep, in fact, she woke up once and tried to nurse from ds! :LOL But overall, did fine. I didn't leave frozen milk for her, because she drinks soy milk when she's away from me.

And most important, she happily started nursing again the moment I walked in the house!
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Chamamama, That makes me very relieved! Thanks for sharing!
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