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    Default Advise on leaving 6 month old: feeding issues

    Hello ladies
    Well at the end of the month my sister has bought tickets for us to see Carrie Underwood. My Dilemma is that my baby will be 6 months old and I breastfeed her. She usually goes to bed about 530-630pm and wakes for a feed about 2-3am then back to sleep til 6-7am. I cannot take her to a loud concert and I have never successfully expressed. Whilst I feel that once she is asleep she will keep her regular patter as above I'm scared that if she wakes and I'm out she won't settle. So I'm really lost as to what to do. Do I buy her formula "just in case"? Do I introduce her to formula (against my wishes) so it isn't foreign to her? Do I try my hardest to expresss? Help please! X

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    Who will be looking after her?

    Little kids are pretty smart and understand that Dad/Grandma/Aunty don't have milk and so will settle for them in ways they never will for Mum.

    She will probably sleep right through, and if she doesn't the carer can cuddle or walk or dance with her and she will be fine.

    Give expressing a go if you want a back up plan, but sometimes that just adds extra complexity and unneccessary stress for the carers too. And even if you do express, there is no guarantee that she will drink it!

    I would not be introducing formula as a just in case. If she normally sleeps at this time anyway, then she will be fine without milk. It will be comfort she is seeking (if she wakes) and carers can do this in other ways.

    I remember how concerned i was when i had my first night out and went to a Hen's party, and my daughter would never take expressed milk. i never thought she would go to sleep, but my husband did his tricks (things that never work for me) and they were both fine when i got home.

    Enjoy your night out.

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    I agree with pp, I wouldn't introduce formula yet either... Are you going to be gone overnight? Generally concerts only go for a few hours.. generally you'd come home at midnight the latest... unless u live really far away from the venue?

    You'd be suprised how well babies settle, i think she will be just fine with whoever is caring for her.. she'll get plenty of cuddles/hugs and if she has a routine then she should settle to sleep without too much drama.. i'd still give the expressing a go..

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    If you are going to put her to bed then go to the concert and be home again by 2am I wouldn't do anything different. Worst case scenario is lo doesn't settle and is up playing when you get home. Not ideal but far from end of the world. As pp said the carer is likely to be able to settle bub in their own way. In my mind it would be worse to introduce bottles then on concert night bub doesn't wake but the Breastfeeding relationship is negatively impacted.

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    Thanks ladies! She will be home in her own bed with my husband and her DD5 and DS3, so totally normal place, routine people etc. I'll plan to pop her down, go to concert and come straight home so I agree midnight-ish. I'm only 30 mins away too so I suppose if all went pear shaped I can get back quickly. Feeling nervous but I think I'll be pleasantly surprised. Thanks so much for advise. X


 

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