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Old 01-01-2007, 12:00 PM   #11
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Re: Away from baby for weekend ?

Wow! I am kind of surprised at the responses that say cancel the trip, but I guess I asked for it Like I said before, this is the longest time I've nursed, so I'm proud of myself for making it this far! I don't really enjoy nursing, and have never been particular confident doing it (prior 3 babes I've always questioned if I'm drying up, which has led me to wean, kwim?) So I think I'm doing better this time Dh and I have been discussing weaning, because with all the night feedings, etc. I am feeling really drained. I so admire those of you who can have a reasonable quality of life without good sleep (or maybe your babies sleep the night through), but my quality of life really diminishes when I get woken up so frequently, but that's kind of an aside to my question.

I can certainly appreciate that some of you would not feel comfortable being w/o baby for so long, I know that this weekend away is very worthwhile for me. It's not so much a fun-filled weekend of gabbing w/girlfriends & shopping as it is a time to focus on me and bring clarity to my life. I am the nurturer to all, so this is a time to be a nurturer to myself, kwim? It only happens once a year and I know I really need it - especially now that I do have yet another dc.

I think I've gotten the reassurance that I needed to take my pump along with me and dump. Dd frequently has an evening bottle, so I'm confident that she will be sufficiently nourished while I'm away. I guess the worse thing that would happen is that I would dry up, and cause weaning, but I'll plan to eat my morning oatmeal and drink my Mother's Milk Tea to keep lactating, and hope for the best.


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Old 01-01-2007, 02:35 PM   #12
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Re: Away from baby for weekend ?

Go! Go! Go!

And bring your pump with you

Have a great time, and just talk to your friends in advance to let them know you will have to pump at X,Y, and Z times.

Sounds like fun! I think I need to get the girls together......

That said I was not away from DD until she was 18 months old. She spent the weekend with my parents and my sister and her children and honestly DD was so happy to be with her cousins she barely noticed we were gone.

I think it is really important to know your limits and take care of yourself, esp if you are nursing. Congratulations on the first nine months of nursing and here is to many more

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Old 01-01-2007, 02:45 PM   #13
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Re: Away from baby for weekend ?

My Nov/Dec 2005 friends and I did a girls weekend in Chicago last September and there were a few moms who were still BFing and they pumped and dumped while we were there. They also stored a lot of milk in the freezer prior to leaving so they had enough to last. We also have another trip planned for Oct and some of the mommies will have new babies and I'm sure it will be the same way for those who don't bring their babies. Have fun!!!

ETA: They pumped like 3x a day, usually first thing in the AM, after lunch and after dinner/before bed.
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