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April 22nd, 2011, 11:22 PM
*Lana*'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I got a new job and I have to travel to 3 training sessions over the next couple of months. My first trip is next month, a week after I start, so I don't know details, I just know I leave on a Sunday and I was also told the trainings are 2.5 days, so would expect to fly home on Wednesday.
DD nurses at bedtime, occasionally during the night, but not much anymore. Unless we have breakfast right away, she wants to nurse in the morning too (if I'm laying around).
She will be 26 months old when I leave the first time. We haven't spent more than 24 hours apart (a couple sleepovers at Grandma & Grandpa's). She is staying with Grandma and Grandpa when I'm gone, and she does fine going to sleep there without nursing.
I assume I will need to pump when I'm away. Would my electric pump be best? Otherwise I have a Medela Harmony hand pump. I don't think I would bother keeping any milk to bring back with me...or should I? How often should I pump? Just at night, or should I add a session in the morning too just to try and keep my supply going?
I want to continue nursing. DD would nurse several more times a day if I offered, so she is still really interested.

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April 23rd, 2011, 05:01 AM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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I would pump while away, hand or electric. I am going to be gone overnight in June (fly out 2pm sat, return 3pm sunday....) and will pump 1-2 times, but I won't bother saving the milk though. I would also offer the breast a little more when you get back. I know our LLL said if a baby is nearing self weaning, then a little time away will finish the weaning process for some children, so I would try your best to ward against that, unless you are ok with weaning now. My DD is a boob addict and at almost 2 years old, nurses 6-8 times a day on average, so i am not concerned about that yet, LOL!

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April 24th, 2011, 12:28 PM
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Lana, as you know I'm going away for work soon as well. I will nurse Jacob Tuesday night and then won't see him again until Friday morning. I don't plan to bring my pump. He only BFs at bedtime (he would in the morning if I let him, but I'm trying to encourage the weaning process). I'm actually hoping that being away will help the weaning process along. If you and Jilli are not ready, then I'd take your hand pump and pump once/day just to mimic nursing. I wouldn't bother bringing the milk back (and don't get depressed over how little you may get!). GL!
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