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Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:44 pm
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This might be kind of silly but as it's concerning me I thought I'd ask anyway. I'm absolutely terrified of flying and I'm going on a long flight to get home for Christmas. All and all with connections and the pre-flight stress I'll be under, I'll be in a state of extreme stress for about 24 hours. I can't relax at all on the flight and have no chance of sleeping as I never do. I'm worried that it will affect my supply. My ds will be 3 and half months old and I'm exclusively breastfeeding and have had no problems so far. Does anyone know if it's possible that my supply will be reduced, even temporarily, by the stress? Is it possible it would dry-up completely? Should I bring some bottles of EBM for the flight? Looking for some reassurance so I'll have one less thing to worry about for the journey :D


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Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 6:54 pm
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Hi Kate,

I wouldn't have thought this could happen.
but maybe you should try and calm the source of stress?
try some rescue remedy in the preceeding days, it's perfectly safe to use.

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Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:09 pm
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I would do everything possible to limit the stress to the actual flight itself. Whatever money you need to spend to ease the general stress of travelling and packing, do it.

I know there's a service at Dublin airport where an escort will help you through check in and security. I did this in combination with a car service last December when I was flying alone with baby. It cost about €100 total and was worth every cent.

It may be worth talking to an IBCLC (NicolaOB on this board is one) about other safe ways to relax - and then consult your GP to see if any of these would be appropriate (I'm thinking of medications). Otherwise, plenty of water. You may find that breastfeeding may help your stress levels during the flight.

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Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 10:57 pm
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Arg N homeopathic remedy may help with the fear as well. You'll get it in big chemists or health shop - or from Nelsons

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Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:21 am
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Yes, supply may be reduced, even temporarily, by the stress. When DD was 4.5months old we had to go into hospital with her for a month and a half. The whole thing was a shock for me, and during those first 2 days there, my supply plummeted from more than enough to nothing (I was having to express because she could not latch on at the time). I calmed down though and it came back within days of being calm, and eating and drinking again (although it was a forced calm specifically to breastfeed). Part of the problem was I stopped eating and drinking due to the stress.

I did not know about the escort service at Dublin Airport. I would definitely go for this. Once you are on the plane bottles of EBM will definitely come in handy. Although I found that they were just a distraction for our DD - mostly she just wanted the breast and would easily go off to sleep on the breast and would sleep for most of the flight. But then I don't get stressed when flying. I'm sure if I did - I would pass that stress onto DD and she might act up because of it?

Your best option is to ensure everything is done well in advance - so there is no panic on the day. Use the escort service if you can to get you from your front door onto the plane. And take something to calm you down as suggested - speak to Nelsons about a homeopathic remedy.

Just wanted to let you know that even if your supply does diminish under the stress of it all - I believe it will come back just based on my experience. An IBCLC might know more about this though.

Good Luck, Morgs


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Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:39 am
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Hello
In my opinion, the best way to get out of such kind of situation is to use the model escorts London if you can or take something to calm you down as suggested.


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