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ok, so I exclusively bf my 1 year old daughter and I really want to go on this field trip to SF next month that would be 8 hours away from her. She won't take a bottle and she still bf's every 3 hours or so. I do leave her for 4 hours twice a week for school and she does fine, and usually doesn't need to bf when i come home...she does eat solids occasionally, but i worry that if i left here with dad that long she would go nuts...anyone have any comments on this?
 

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Hmm. Will she take a sippy cup with your milk? Also you would need to pump while you were gone.<br><br>
Personally, I wouldn't be comfortable with it.<br><br>
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I second what the pp said and also I personally would hold off my trip. I'm not telling you to do that, I'm just saying that it wouldn't be worth it to me. I would hate for my DD to be confused and upset with the bottle and the trouble of having to pump every few hours to keep up my supply while I'm away.<br><br>
What is your field trip for? Is it something you can do later on? Is it possible to bring DD at all?
 

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its for school, I wouldn't be able to bring her (she absolutely HATES the car) I guess I could go some other time, but I was just hoping for a day off (I know, I feel bad saying that) I will see where she will be at next month, and try leaving here with dada for six hours and see how that goes....thanks for the replies.
 

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My dd never took a bottle (never tried) but went to a sippy cup just fine at a year or so. I probably wouldn't be gone for that long from her, either, though. I don't like to be gone for more than one missed feeding. If you did go, I would definitely pump while you are away <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'll be the voice of dissent and say to try building up to it. If she's 1 yr old and eating more food then at least you know she'll be eating. If she's fine for 4 hrs then try 6hrs like you mentioned and see how she is. If it's fine then do anothe 6 hr day a little later to make sure all is well.<br>
My first 8hrs away was at about 1 yr and my dh was supposed to bring her at lunch. (ironically it was a la leche conference LOL) He said she was fine so didn't bring her which worried me but she was totally fine.<br>
I don't think you need to pump while your gone either though you'll certainly feel full!<br>
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willow, don't feel bad for wanting a break. I completely understand where you're coming from and it's okay to feel that way. If you're going, like the other poster said you'll have to pump to keep up you're supply since you'll be gone for so long and try the sippy cup.<br><br>
Also, as far as taking breaks, if you need it, do it. If that helps you to be a happy healthy mama then it is beneficial to your DC in the long run. You don't have to wait and have it all build up so that you go away for long periods of time. Take short 1-2 hour breaks during the week.<br><br>
DH and I (until this weekend when we'll go shopping for one ) have been without a car this first 6 weeks of DD life. That means that I have to rely on family to help me out. Sometimes, what we'll do is have DH stay home with DD while I run errands. I keep my phone with me and he'll call me home when he thinks she's exhibiting cues for nursing. I drop what I'm doing and I head home. I also time it so that I'm finishing up what Im doing about the same time she'll be starting to get hungry. That way, I've had a break. It's not a vacation, but it's two hours that I got to myself where I was able to do what I want when I want.
 

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Yeah, I hear ya about the break. My break is school, I am a full time art student, so it is nice to go to paint for a few hours each week. Lately I have felt very cooped up around here, any my dd is starting to teeth again and is very clingie...its nice to be needed but sometimes I just wanna crap in peace ! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So anyways. thanks for the advice, I will probably take a hand held pump and stop a few times in the bathroom to pump some out.
 

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I also recommend the sippy cup. My 4.5mo DS has been struggling with a bottle of EBM when I volunteer every Tuesday. I finally went and got a Nuby sippy cup this week and he LOVES it. He gets upset when I take it away LOL! Maybe try introducing it when you sit down for dinner. That way she associates it with eating but it isn't a high pressure situation (like you being away). Good luck!
 
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