3-days away from LO. Pump?
Hi ladies, hoping you can help me with a dilemma.
I need to go away from 3 days in a couple of weeks for a meeting, and my 15-month-old DD will be staying with her grandparents (DH will also be traveling for work). I'm debating whether or not I should pump a few bottles in advance, or just let her go cold turkey and resume nursing when I get back.
My DD still nurses quite frequently (a couple of big feeds every day, plus innumerable quick sips, plus she's back to waking up once every night to nurse). However, she's a relatively good eater, will drink a bit of cow's milk, and she does just fine when I'm at work. (Although I get pretty engorged, so I think she's still taking a lot of milk from me.) She doesn't exactly nurse to sleep anymore, but it's the last thing we do before she goes into her crib for the night, and if she wakes up I always nurse.
I know pumping would probably make sense, but she's never actually taken a bottle, and it's kind of a hassle for me since my milk has excessive lipase and needs to be scalded immediately after pumping so that it doesn't sour.
So, what would y'all do? Pump? Or just hope the grandparents can keep her distracted and drinking cow's milk? Honestly, I doubt she thinks much about nursing when I'm not there, but 3-days is a lot longer than a 8-hour work day.
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