Hi my son will be 2 weeks shy of a year when my husband and I go away for a 5 day vacation. He breastfeeds exclusivley 4 days a week and the other days I have to supplement with formula because I have not had much luck with pumping (believe my I have tried, 3 different pumps and all the hints from everyone) He does 3 solid meals a day also.
I am really torn...I don't want to be done breastfeeding at a year but I am not sure I want to bring a pump with and try to make that work while I am on vacation (very stressful for me cuz I don't get hardly any milk when I pump) . How fast would I dry up? If I just hand expressed as much as I could a few times while I was on vacation would I be o.k? (please note I still don't get much when hand expressing).
Right now I can go like 12 hours and don't feel very full but my son seems to still be getting enough milk. I don't remember the last time I felt engorged and I have gone as long as 15 hours between feedings.
If I continue bfi'ing past my vacation I plan on only nursing him in the mornings and before bed. So if I don't bring the pump and go 5 days without nursing him would I be able to continue when I get home?
Sorry this is a lot of questions but this is my first....