Hi ladies. I have the opportunity to travel to a few conferences this spring for work. I haven't done hardly any professional development in the past few years and these particular trainings would be really relevant for me. My son will be around 23-24 mos of age at that time. One of the conferences is 2 days (so I would be gone for probably 3 nights) and the other is 4 days (so potentially gone for like 5 nights). Both are out of state. Even though this is 4-5 months away, I need to decide now whether I want to pursue the opportunity, if I am to put in the travel requests etc. So I need to figure out if this is do-able.
My conflict is of course about bedtime and night nursing. I've never been away from my son overnight. At 19 mos now, he still nurses down at bedtime (and for naps when we are together), at least 3-4x overnight (sometimes more), and first thing in the AM when he wakes up. And lately, he's been nursing a lot during the day too. I have been totally pump weaned for about 4 mos now, comfortably. But I don't expect I could be away from him for days at at time comfortably, and how would he do with that anyway, emotionally & nutritionally? He does great with solids, but rejects cow milk.
If I decide to do this, what should I expect? Will I need to actually start pumping again to save some of my milk for him while I'm away? Do I need to prepare overnight feedings that daddy can give? (My son has been rejecting bottles since age 13 mos so I don't even know what that would look like -- he is used to water only in his sippy cups.) Do we need to work on getting him to accept cows milk? I do all of the night time parenting -- we all cosleep together but my son is basically sleeping with me, and he wakes multiple times at night and almost always nurses back down. My husband says he could make it work if I really want to do it, but I would be worried about leaving them like that. Also, I would have to pump while away, right? What kind of schedule would I reasonably need to maintain with that? And is there a chance that being away from my son for several days like that could prematurely impact his weaning?
TIA for the advice.