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I have an emergency flight tomorrow and will be away from 23 mo dd for three and a half days. No way to take her with me and no way to not go. I was wahm until last november (19mo) and she nursed on demand then we transitioned to wohm and she goes all day (10 hours) on weekdays without milk. She nurses in the evenings and night and i seem to have good supply (at least I think so since I never pump). I tried pumping at the very beginning and have a little ISIS pump stored here but don't think that will be much help since i leave in 24 hours. I can try to get what i can to leave with dh but since my body isn't used to pumping, how much will i get?<br><br>
We usually nurse to sleep and cosleep but on occasion when i've had to work<br>
I have an emergency flight tomorrow and will be away from 23 mo dd for three and a half days. No way to take her with me and no way to not go. I was wahm until last november (19mo) and she nursed on demand then we transitioned to wohm and she goes all day (10 hours) on weekdays without milk. She nurses in the evenings and night and i seem to have good supply (at least I think so since I never pump). I tried pumping at the very beginning and have a little ISIS pump stored here but don't think that will be much help since i leave in 24 hours. I can try to get what i can to leave with dh but since my body isn't used to pumping, how much will i get?<br><br>
we usually nurse to sleep and cosleep but on occasion when i've had to work late, dh has been able to put her to sleep without a problem but she is used to waking a few times at night and wants to nurse. dh just told her that mama was going to be away for a while so we can try to let her know that so it's not a total surprise. i suspect she wakes to nurse b/c she's hungry so what do we do about that. when she nurses at night, it's a good session so it's sustenance, not necessarily comfort. dh says we should buy formula and put it in an adiri breastbottle i bought ages ago and never used to give to her when she wakes at night. would something else like soymilk or regular milk be better. she eats yogurt and cheese without a problem and has had a small drink of dh's milk on occasion. (i'm totally ignorant here and never thought this would happen so please tell me what would be the lesser of two evils if there is no bm.)<br><br>
on my end, suspecting i'm going to have to take my little asis and pump every night but afraid i might lose my supply with such little stimulation after literally probably 20 months without pumping.<br><br>
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I'm sure this will be difficult for you and your daughter and dh but you will be fine! It helps that you won't be around but your dh who seems to have an active roll in her life will be. During the day use whatever sub (my choice would be whole milk, she is familiar with it, I don't give soy products and formula seems unnecessary for such a limited time) and at night I would use water in a sippy or something she is familiar with instead of a bottle. I bet she will naturally up her calories to accommodate for any she misses while you are gone. Even if she misses some calories, it is only a few days. Kids are very adaptable.<br><br>
3 days isn't going to kill your supply. Pump when you can (and you will probably need too or you will be in pain), eat and drink, use some natural supply helpers when you get back (oatmeal, mothers milk tea, etc).<br><br>
Good luck, you will all make it through this!
 

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The separation will probably be harder on you than your dd as she will be with your dh. I'm so sorry that it's so sudden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I would suggest having rice milk on hand for your dd. Because it's sweet like breastmilk, it may be easier for her to have as a bit of a little transition than cow's milk or soy milk. Not to fill her tummy because it's lower in fat and calories, but as a little comforting sorta transition type of thing maybe for bedtime.
 

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Your supply will be fine in 3 days! When you get home she'll probably just nurse a little more to bring it back up. Definitely take your pump and pump as often as you can, I'd say at least morning and night. As far as milk while you're gone, either soymilk or regular cow's milk would be fine. She'd even be okay without milk and just some cheese or yogurt. Good luck on your trip.
 

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Thanks to all for your info. I'm feeling alot calmer now. And yes, she's super attached to dh so it likely will be easier on her than on me...
 

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I had to leave my ds for about the same amount of time when he was 27m. I also didn't have anything built up for him, so I tried to pump as much as I could before I left, thinking dh could give it to him at night.<br>
I brought my Isis with me, and I did need it probably 2x each day (make sure you have all your parts, you will need it).<br>
My ds drank a little of the pumped milk but he wasn't needing more (like I had worried). He was fine. He immediately sat in my lap and nursed the instant I got home.<br>
It will be worse for you than your dc. We had no problems returning to our regular nursing when we were back together.<br>
good luck.
 

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For what it is worth, I just got back from a 2 day trip away from DD who is 28 months. I didn't pump while I was away from her. My breasts were leaking this morning, and when I did reunite with DD, and she nursed (right away of course) she was gulping it down, something she hasn't done in a long time. And, she really wasn't too upset to be without us, she was having fun with grandparents.<br>
I think you both will be fine, just be prepared to nurse a lot when you get back.
 
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