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I am planning on taking a couple of overnight trips without my 18 mo. old son. He typically nurses twice/day. Do I still need to pump if I am only separated from him for 24 hours?
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I think it really depends on you. (sorry) I know some moms of ~18 month olds who wouldn't need to pump. But, I'd need to pump if I were gone longer than 8-10hrs, for my own physical comfort. Then again, 20 mo old dd nurses approx every 2-3 hrs round the clock.

Okay, that probably wasn't terribly helpful.

I'd suggest bringing a handpump, and play it by ear.
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It really depends on your body and just how much milk you're producing. I know 18mos who practically live on breastmilk, and those who mostly comfort nurse and get 90% of their nutrition from other foods. Just hearing "he nurses twice a day" doesnt' really tell me if he's drinking for a minute or two and getting an ounce at a time (in which case you could skip pumping) or if he's drinking 12oz per nursing session (which means you'd be in incredible pain, and risk plugged ducts/mastitis if you didn't express any milk for 24 hours.)

Do you already own a pump? Are you skilled at manually expressing milk? Even if you need to EXPRESS milk for your own comfort during the trip doesn't necessarily mean that you need a device to help you do it. OTOH, if you have a compact pump that you're comfortable using, it may not be worth your time to play around with hand expressing on trips.

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