Yesterday, 06:04 PM
Hi and welcome!
First if you do not know about it already, there is a website and book especially for breastfeeding moms in the military. You can find that here: http://breastfeedingincombatboots.com/
So when there are separations of several days or weeks of mom from a breastfeeding baby, there are two primary concerns from a breastfeeding standpoint. One is that the separation will adversely impact mom's milk production. The other is that the separation will lead to baby going on a nursing "strike" and refusing to nurse when the separation is over. This is sometimes called spontaneous or self weaning, but that is not really what it is. A nursing strike is a more accurate description for such a situation, because babies this age do not wean on their own. Also if you think of it as a nursing strike, you will approach it as a temporary problem that is likely to resolve with some effort, and that will decrease the chances that your baby never nurses again.
These are both real concerns and there are ways to reduce the chance they will happen, but it is impossible to eliminate the risk entirely.
First I am assuming your will be able to express your milk during the separation with reasonable frequency. If that is NOT the case, the following suggestions may not be appropriate for your situation.
For milk production, there are two ways to reduce that problem. One is to make sure milk production is in great shape up to the point the separation happens, and the other...