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    Apr 2012
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    I have a 21 month old girl and am pregnant with my second. We have had so much going on recently, with job changes for myself and my husband and a big move in the works. I would really like to take a vacation when everything settles down and before the new baby comes, but have never been away from my daughter for more than a day. Though she still nurses anywhere from 1-5 times a day, I have heard of children nursing 2-3 times a week. So, I am wondering what will happen to my milk if I leave her with her grandparents for 2 or 3 days? Any experiences with this?

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    Mar 2006

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    IME, milk supply disappears while you are pregnant no matter what you do. Happens to 80% of pregnant mamas. Some nursling's are content to nurse anyway, others are not. So, if your LO is OK with it, it won't matter either way. My bigger concern would not be my milk, but more is my toddler ready for me to be away?
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    I had these thoughts when I was asked on a hen weekend. My little boy was 20 months and nursing 6-7 times a day. I took my husband with me and I only saw my son for nursing and night times. They had a great boys weekend. I wonder if you could take the grandparents with you. You both do separate activities but you meet up for nursing. Your little girl gets grandparents love and mummy love; perfect.

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    Hi! I have a 21 mo too! I am not PG, she is my 3rd and I am not planning to have more at the moment. But...I am trying to figure out this exact thing!! My dh and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage this year! And he wants to go away for 2-3 days. Without the kids.. Now I am not planning on weaning my baby anytime soon, as she is likely my last and I'd like her to self wean naturally. So, i really like the suggestion above about taking the caregiver with you and only nursing when needed. Unless your lo night nurses still...(I'm currently trying to night wean...) I want to nurse my lo at least as long as she wants if possible as long as her sister nursed 27months. But that would take me to October, and our anniversary is in sept... In worry that if she was still nursing, and I did leave her, it would be traumatic for her.

    Maybe, instead of leaving her..you could take a family friendly vacation and include her in those get away memories before the new baby arrives? Or take the care giver with you... Right now, my dd nurses quite a bit...she comfort nurses...and I am having a tough time, as everyone keeps saying she needs to wean before our anniversary. Anyway, I shared my thoughts, so you can know you are not alone. Hope it all works out for you guys!
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    Personally, I think a couple nights away without your LO is a good idea. DH and I knew that we were going to be away from dd1 when I went into labour, likely for a few nights, so we used a couple overnight stays and then a two night stay with grandparents to help her learn to adjust. It seemed to help, I think. We started the overnighters at about 19 mo and did the 2nighter at 21 months. Dd1 asked about us a few times, but otherwise coped just fine.

    Eta: honestly, I think it was harder on me than her... I don't think I could stomach more than 3 days away from dd1 without an absolutely needful reason (such as some kind of dire emergency or hospitalization).
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