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DS is 14 months old. I was hoping to BF at least two years. I found out today that there's a two-week training I may have to go to for work (I'm military). It's required for me to get upgraded to the next skill level. Thing is, the training was at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, which was hit pretty hard by the hurricane. So we don't know if they've started the training again, moved it somewhere else, waived the requirement, changed it to correspondence, whatever.<br><br>
I don't know what I'm going to do if I have to leave for two weeks. I'm thinking of just lining up daycare for two weeks and taking him with me. I'm afraid of pumping that long because he hasn't been nursing much lately and I'm afraid he'll forget how to nurse or just not want to do it after two weeks.<br><br>
Please send some good-luck vibes my way that I won't have to go away to this training!
 

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Oh no! Definitely take him with you if you can arrange it! 2 weeks without nursing is long enough for him to forget and your supply to dwindle.<br><br>
Good luck Mama!
 

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Not only is two weeks without nursing too long, but two weeks without mommy is too long! I think you are totally justified in trying to do everything in your power to take him along with you! But for your sake, I hope it is waived or delayed! Good luck!
 

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I think it would be harder on me than on him! I've never spent a night not in the same house as him, knowing I could go and pick him up anytime I wanted a cuddle.
 

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Is it possible to hire a sitter to travel with you and your son so that you can work during duty hours for your training and have your son with you to nurse? OR, take your son with you but reserve him a spot in the CDC or in Family Child Care for during duty hours. That way you can nurse and still do the training I know how you feel about being away. My daughter is 14 months and her milkies are so important to her and she's still so small. 2 weeks away from even a formula-fed baby seems so long. A breastfed baby would definitely not do well. I have a friend who is a single parent and she took her son TDY with her a few months ago because he is exclusively breastfed. She got all her stuff paid for with her govt travel card and she obviously didn't need another seat for the flight for her son because he was in arms and she made sure to reserve a spot at the CDC and at the base she went to. It required some planning but went off without a hitch and it was a month long TDY. So it can be done! Good luck to you. I hope this can be resolved without a 2 week separation.<br><br>
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Faerybugmady, that's what I'm going to try to do if it comes down to it. I'm worried about there being space for him in the CDC. They tend to have long waiting lists. I definitely can't afford to hire a sitter to go with me. I don't think DH could come either. He just started a new job and has no vacation time yet. I think my only choice will be finding a daycare in the area. Anywhere, I don't care how much it costs. It's just two weeks and it's worth it for my guy. Even if it's too far away from base for me to nurse him on lunch, I can pump at lunch and nurse him before and after.
 

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And if you get any flak -- the WHO suggest infants be nursed for at least 2 yrs and the AAP has just come out with vague language to suggest that exended nursing is beneficial.<br><br>
My dh was Army, I know you are in a tough spot. I hope things will work out for you.
 

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Good luck vibes that they are doing it correspondence! hope it works out for you. glad you're worried about the situation! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I don't have to go!!!! There's no time requirement, you just have to attend before you can sew on TSgt (E-6), which I'll never do since I'm getting out in two years. Yay! Thank you all for your good like vibes. They worked!
 

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Yay!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce"> that is great news.. you must feel sooo much better <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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YEAH MAMA!!!!<br><br>
I work for the government and they are always sending me on training and i'm so afraid ds will wean! I have dragged him and dh all over the place but dh won't go anymore. I think we are in the clear now but for awhile there was the threat of a six week training where you could only come home once. I figured if i had to go to that, i would have to quit or do something.<br><br>
Yeah for you I am so happy and I KNOW how relieved you must be.
 
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