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    Default First (and only!) night away from bf baby - express or ff?

    DS (3y) is having surgery (tonsils and adenoids out) and will have to stay over night. Originally DP was going to stay with him and I was to take DD 8mths home. She is bf and wakes for a feed 2-3 times. Now the problem seems, DS is more and more mummy's boy and we are worried he won't settle with DP in a strange and uncomfortable situation like hospital, especially when in pain/unwell. DP also hates hospital and quite frankly won't cope well himself on fold out bed, nurses coming in ect.
    I think I should really stay with DS, but have never been away from DD. DP reckons he can cope with her crying for hours if need be, he will offer her a feed of course and cuddles and as a last resort drive in the car. Now I really hate and have trouble expressing and was thinking for that one night she could have formula. Who has had to be away from a bf baby overnight and what did you do?? How did it go? Should I grit my teeth and pump? Was going to use a sippy cup, don't have any bottles... Is that ok?
    This is going to be a sh&t night, I can't bear to be away from DD yet, but also desperately want to be with DS to comfort him

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    Maybe have at least one feed of ebm just in case she won't take the formula. Some babies are funny though and only like bm from its original *packaging*.

    If you are going to use formula maybe do a test run before hand so you know she will take it, with enough time to express if necessary.

    That was not remotely helpful was it?

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    Default First (and only!) night away from bf baby - express or ff?

    Lol no wasn't really ;-) but kinda what I've been thinking... Test run is a good idea, will kick DP out if bed tomorrow night to give the formula a go, then i can still express if she refuses. Ta!

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    Default First (and only!) night away from bf baby - express or ff?

    I agree - have a test run first to ensure she will even take formula. Personally I would grit my teeth and express just in case too! Whilst you may hate it, you will hate having a hungry baby more.

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    Default First (and only!) night away from bf baby - express or ff?

    Is there any way she can stay with you too? It wouldn't be the most comfy night on a fold out bed with a baby next to you to boot, but I know I would really struggle leaving an 8 month old. But then again my nearly 12 month old refuses any milk from anything other than my boobies, so I wouldn't have any choice... Good luck!

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    Has she ever taken bottle or sippy cup before?
    My DS was breastfeed wont drink formula at all and doesnt want anything to do with bottle or sippy cup. Even if i express into bottle, he wont take it either. He went hungry for 2 days before giving up to formula once when i couldnt breastfeed him for a week due to him being hospitalized.
    Personally from experience i wouldnt express because it doesnt make any difference. But it might work for you, give it a go and see if it works good luck

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    Thanks all for the replies - some very useful info!
    Did a test run last night, didn't go we'll... So DP will stay at hospital with DS. They are catching up on quality time today, ds is even letting dp take him to the toilet :-)
    I will stay until he falls asleep in the evening to get him settled, then be back early morning. We were not allowed to both stay, and siblings aren't allowed over night.
    Now I just have to

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    Default First (and only!) night away from bf baby - express or ff?

    Thanks all for the replies - some very useful info!
    Did a test run last night, didn't go we'll... (Understatement!) So DP will stay at hospital with DS. They are catching up on quality time today, ds is even letting dp take him to the toilet :-)
    I will stay until he falls asleep in the evening to get him settled, then be back early morning. We were not allowed to both stay, and siblings aren't allowed over night.
    Now just have to survive the whole thing - especially the part where he us put under general!

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    Good luck for the op. Your son will feel very comforted with his dad. You on the other hand will not sleep for the whole night because you will want to be in 2 places.

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    Hope the op goes well and he heals up quickly. Be strong and you''ll get through it just fine.


 

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