January 25th, 2015, 10:12 PM
Hello, first time posting in the forums!
I'm a military musician and I'm getting ready to go on a 37-day tour next month. This will be the first time I've had to leave my baby for so long, as I've been able to take him with me for all my tours up to this point. He will be 13.5 months when I leave. Husband and baby are coming to visit halfway through the tour, so I will be away from baby 19 days, see him for 4 days, then be apart another two weeks.
I intended to wean him while I was away, but I'm having second thoughts. I would really love to nurse until he's two, but I'm having a hard time reconciling that to the realities of my job. I'm just not sure how hard I should fight to make it happen. I've been nursing him on-demand since he was born and he's still going strong. I've stopped pumping, as he doesn't need milk while we are apart anymore.
Last month I had a 7-day trip, the first time to ever be apart from him since he was born. I pumped the whole trip and it was AWFUL. I got terrible clogs, and at the end of the week I couldn't get milk to come out unless I aggressively squeezed my breasts while pumping. I felt so bruised and it was just mentally a horrible experience. I brought back lots of milk, and although I'm pretty sure it did decrease my supply temporarily, my baby didn't seem to care and has been nursing happily since I returned.
The baby did great while I was away, pretty much sleeping through the night with Dad, even though he still nurses through...