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Old 04-05-2005, 05:59 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I have 18mo twins that I'm still nursing, and I have to go away for five days in two months' time. I don't want to completely wean but in preparation I'd like to reduce feedings and I'm hoping when I come back we can get to 1x/day (bedtime).

Has anyone else gone away for this length of time, and can you tell me how much I would have to express in order to keep some sort of supply happening? I'm assuming it could build up again on my return if need be ... ?

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The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for at least 2 years. You may be risking premature weaning by being away from your twins. There are many important reasons for children to breastfeed between the age of 1 and 2 and human milk should still be an important part of a toddler's diet.

There are components of the milk between age 1 and 2 that are higher to meet the child's changing needs. I would never recommend weaning before 2 or nursing as little as one time a day. This is not a life-style choice but an important health decision that will have life long consequences for you and your children. For optimal facial and jaw development it may take breastfeeding for 3 years and not just one time a day. The number of years breastfeeding will impact your children's risk of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans. The longer you breastfeed the lower your risk of breast cancer.

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If I were you I'd prepare myself that they may well wean after such a long separation. 18-24 mo is prime early weaning time for toddlers, and even if they're drinking your milk from a cup while you're gone, they may not resume nursing. Breastfeeding fills an emotional need at this age, it's less about the milk itself, although the milk still does have enormous benefits for them.

Actually if I were you I'd a) postpone or cancel the trip or b) find a way to take them along. But like the previous poster, I have strong feelings about preserving the nursing relationship well into childhood, and you may not feel that way, or you may be ready to wean them. These are very personal decisions.

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