Re: To leave or not to leave
I love what the previous poster said. What a knowledgable person!
You'll need to pump as often as baby normally feeds. Also consider the electrical outlets available - will you be able to use an electrical pump, will the ones from your home work where you're going, do you have a way to keep it clean? Are you planning to save the milk for baby to drink later? Or are you planning to pump and dump? Replacement parts if you lose/break something? Most (all) manual pumps are effective enough to keep up your supply over several days of exclusively pumping.
A seven month old is very young baby, and you could potentially jeopardize the breastfeeding relationship. Baby may resume nursing immediately upon your return, or she may not. Read up on how to bring baby back to the breast after a nursing strike, so you're prepared for either option.
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