Is There A Connection?
Last week, I left my 4 1/2 month-old with my MIL for 3 1/2 days while I went on a brief family vacation. I pumped enough milk beforehand to last while I was away, and I pumped and dumped while I was away. (Given the circumstances and questionable sanitation of the pump parts, it would have been nearly impossible for me to have brought any milk back with me.)
I have to admit that I missed my little guy more than I could have ever imagined, and while I was afraid that my supply would have taken a hit, I found it to be quite the opposite case. I felt my letdown very frequently and had nothing but productive pumping sessions while I was gone. I literally ached that my son wasn't breastfeeding at the breast and that I only had the pump or my hands to rely on in order to empty my breasts.
Since I've returned, I hardly feel my letdown, but I'm so satisfied to have the milk bar running at its fullest potential.
My question is, is there a connection between being away from baby like that and one's supply?
Proud mommy to Michael Evan born May 11, 2007.