Breastfeeding means that I am on call to my son 24/7. We’ve gotten into a good rhythm, and as much as it’s a pain in the butt sometimes…I actually do enjoy it. Most of the time I try to get home to feed him, but recently I have gotten better at being prepared while out with a bottle. Bottom line is, that so far I haven’t missed more than one feeding in a given day. If I do give a bottle, I either pump right away, or I pump with in a short amount of time as to not allow myself to get too uncomfortable. That is until this coming weekend. This weekend will be the first time that I will be away all day from the little man (that’s right…daddy and baby day!). As fun as it will be to have the day to myself…what about my boobs? I doubt they will be as pleased.
This Saturday I will be going to see my friend perform on Broadway in the show Priscilla Queen of the Desert . As a matter of fact this friend grew up across the street from me, and a bunch of the neighborhood women are taking a bus from PA to go into the city to see him. It will be fun to meet them all there. When they were planning this event I was worried because I knew we’d have a 4 month old at home, but don’t I deserve a day away? Plus how could I turn down a Broadways show? Especially one that was paid for by mom!? The answer is I couldn’t…so Saturday I will be venturing out on my own.
A day away doesn’t only mean fun…it means that my body will be confused with the lack of “eating” that will be going on. My body is used to feeding every 2 1/2 to 4 hours…what should I do? I know that I can make it through the night with out feeding. But I am sleeping then. I have a feeling that after about 4 hours I will start to get uncomfortable. So what do I do? How does a breastfeeding mom take a day off? Is it even possible?
So dear readers I am looking for help/suggestions. I have ZERO desire to carry around my large pump. Do I buy a small manual? Do I suffer through? What would you do? Ready..Discuss…