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My DD is only 4 months right now, so I am kind of thinking ahead here. When she is 13 months DH & I have to go to a wedding that is out-of-state. I am planning on leaving her and her big brother at home with Grandma for the 2 nights we will be gone.<br><br>
But I dont plan on weaning her before that. If I pump milk for the time I am gone and she drinks it in a cup - will she still nurse when I get home? Will solids and expressed breast milk tide her over enough?
 

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The most important thing I can think of is to make sure you not only pump milk in advance but also <b>pump milk regularly while you're gone</b>, to maintain your supply.
 

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You should be okay for just 2 nights, although it may be tough on her & on grandma. Just be ready for a nice extended session when you get back!<br><br>
And yes, DEFINITELY pump while you're gone. If not... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:
 

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Is there any way you can bring your nursling after all? That sounds like a traumatic separation to me. Can you get a fancy sling and wear her to the wedding?
 

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You will definitely need to pump while you are gone. My DD was sick and for 2 days last week nursed very little and I got engorged after about 16 hours of it. Yep, still plenty of milk and if it doesn't come out, OUCH!<br><br>
At 13 mos, your DD may still be nursing as much as she does now, just with a bit of solids thrown in. Would you do it now?
 

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Well if it were right now I just wouldnt go. I am sure by that age she will be eating a lot of solids, so I will just pump a lot. Maybe I can make it for one night - we'll have to wait and see. Or who knows maybe the couple will cancel the wedding and I wont have to worry about it. :LOL
 

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Is there any way you can bring her? Being away from her like that may be a bit traumatic for her. And, yes, she could wean. That happened to a coworker who went on an overnight trip at 14 mos. only to return to a son who no longer wanted to BF.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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My ds was not eating enough solids to not breastfeed until 18 months, and he never took a bottle - he had to have the breast. From my perspective I just couldn't imagine being able to leave him for that long at that age, but I know others have successfully done it.<br><br>
I agree that you should pump a lot while away, if you have to go without your dc.
 
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