Hi all -
I will be joining my dh for a few days in NYC at the beginning of April, and our (will then be) 14 month old is going to stay with my parents. She is nursing probably every 3 hours or so during the day when I'm at home with her, and usually sleeps 10-11 hours at night w/o nursing. So I'd say she nurses probably an average of 6 times/day. She also eats breakfast/lunch/dinner and a snack or two. I stay at home most days, but work out of the home part-time a few times a week, for 4-6 hours at a time. During those times, she doesn't usually have any breastmilk, just solids/water/etc. I've left her BM, and dh has offered it, but she has been pretty indifferent, maybe drinking an ounce or two but preferring to wait til I return home.
She has struggled with constipation on and off ever since we introduced solids around 7 months, so she doesn't eat much dairy as I've been afraid it would stop her up. She hasn't had any cow's milk other than a bit on cold cereal for breakfast.
My question is, how much BM do you think I should leave with her while I'm gone? I'll be leaving Friday afternoon and returning Monday afternoon, so 3 full days. I have no idea how much BM she'll want to drink when I'm not with her...and I'm nervous that she won't be getting enough fats from her diet without BM.
I know she will be fine as my parents watch her once a week already while I'm working, and she totally adores them, so I'm not worried about that aspect. The whole nursing/being away thing is kind of stressing me out, though! I'd appreciate any advice you all have.
ETA: I'd also appreciate any reassurance that she probably won't wean while I'm away...I figure at this point my supply is established enough and we've been nursing long enough that 3 days apart isn't going to totally end our nursing relationship, right? I do plan on taking my pump to keep my supply up and keep me from getting super engorged.