Leaving Baby for a Week

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Registered: 02-24-2012
Leaving Baby for a Week
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Fri, 02-24-2012 - 3:57pm

I am exclusively breastfeeding (well no formula but he is eating 3 solid meals a day) my son.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 5:01pm
The reason your pedi wants you to use a cup rather than a bottle is for his developing teeth. The bottle puts unique pressures on an infants teeth that can cause the front ones to push outwards, affecting the permant teeth under them. If he's never had a bottle, I would skip them completely. Admittily, my DS was FF, but he was getting water in sippy cups from about 8-9 months old (it was in a bottle prior to that age). We cut him down to one bottle a day by 13 months and if we hadn't been going on a cruise at 14 months it would have been totally gone by 13 months. Just my thoughts and hopefully soon the other wonderful ladies on this board will be in to give you more advice on the BFing side of things. I've been hanging around here learning things to make my next adventure in BFing go the way I want it to :)
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Registered: 05-20-2008
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 10:21pm

I don't see any reason why you need to wean before the trip. Babies and toddlers can be surprisingly adaptable to being away from mom for a while when it comes to nursing. They are often pretty good at recognizing that moms is not around to nurse and thus not demanding nursing when in the care of dad or some other caregiver. For example, I hear many moms express concern that if they are away from the baby who usually nurse to sleep for a night, the baby might cry all night because their dad can't nurse them to sleep. What often happens though is they find that the baby seems to adapt to dad putting them down to sleep just fine. This is one reason why it's

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 02-24-2012 - 10:37pm

I would not wean him from the breast before you leave, especially if you aim to return to the breastfeeding relationship and breastfeed for longer then, and have a more natural weaning.

He will be upset, with you gone, but refusing to nurse him while you are around will be anotheer source of distress, and may altogether foil any plans to nurse or even give any breastmilk on your return.

Some women also find it more difficult to cotinue to pump decent volumes in the long term when the baby is getting older - it depends. So while pumping for a week while you are away will maintain supply for a return to breastfeeding, complete weaning and just pumping for the longterm could be difficult.

Some babies will just easily return to breastfeeding on your return, others may be less eager, and at this age, you may possibly deal with a baby who is resistant to nurse at least for a while on your return. You won't know until you get back.

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Sat, 02-25-2012 - 10:08am
I'd totally agree with the others that trying to wean to formula right now would be the least preferable idea. In addition to missing the breast and missing mom, his digestive system would be adjusting to something foreign that harder to process and more likely to cause digestive upset. I can't see a reason why formula would be the most preferable scenario here.

Also, how old is the baby? I would personally just leave him on bottles if he'll be under a year at that point just to make that transition easier while you're gone. Again, if he's struggling to drink from a cup, that would make the time away that much more challenging.
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Registered: 02-24-2012
Sat, 02-25-2012 - 9:07pm

Thanks everyone for your responses!