It can be completely nerve racking to leave your baby with someone else for the first time. Doubly so, if you’re breastfeeding! You have to make sure you have enough pumped milk available for the time you’ll be gone. And that can be a challenge in and of itself!
I honestly can’t remember the first time I ever left Grady. I think he was a couple months old and Eric and I had a date night (I think – I’m totally blaming this on preggie brain). My mom’s been the only one who’s ever watched him though and I’m super lucky to have her only 5 minutes away. I had built up a large stash from pumping while Grady was tongue tied, but once his tongue was clipped at a month old, he never really took milk from a bottle again. I always packed one or two to give to my mom, but he would never take them. So I never really left him for more than a few hours. Even though he’s 20 months now and only nurses occasionally, I still rarely leave him for long. I actually should start leaving him with my mom for longer periods as he needs to be prepared for when his little sister will be here and I’ll be in the hospital. I think Eric and I have decided that while I’m in the hospital my mom will watch him during the day and then Eric will go home at night to be with him. I’m still kind of freaked out about the whole thing, since he’s never once gone to sleep with out me by his side. It has to be done though, since he can’t stay over night with me in the hospital. Any tips from those of you who have 2 or more kiddos?
So when did you first leave your nursling? Was it easy or hard? Do share!