Breastfeeding and AF

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    Breastfeeding and AF

    Since I'm not getting any younger, DH and I would like to TTC again in the next few months. However, I am still breastfeeding DD at 10.55 months old and AF has not come back yet. So any mom's out there who were in the same boat...did you have to wean/stop pumping before you TTC or did AF just come back on her own, and if so, how old was your little one? I can't decide what to do. I don't really want to wean until DD is ready, but I don't want to wait all that long either. I pump at work and will be thrilled to stop that when she turns 1 since I hate it, so maybe that will bring AF back and solve my problem? Anyway, if anyone has any experience with this, I'd welcome it.

     
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    Breastfeeding and AF

    Did you have trouble conceiving this baby? 38 (in my opinion) is not the end of the line and as long as everything with your cycle is "normal" (whatever that means these days)



    Best of Luck.

     
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    My friend's period came back when her baby was around 10 months and she was still pumping, albeit much less frequently. I bet AF will show up soon (unless you are still exclusively feeding your daughter breastmilk but even then, it might). This would be a good question for your OB. And let us know what you find out!
     
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    I nursed DD and if i recall correctly AF came back at about 9 months for me. It does vary woman to woman and i was also told by my OB that you are very fertile while BFing. since you ovulate before AF arriving there is a chance that you could become pregnant without knowuing your body is ready (this happened to a couple of friends). best of luck!
     
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    Thanks to all for your responses. Benice, we had no trouble conceiving DD. I got pregnant on our honeymoon (not trying, but not avoiding), but had an ectopic pregnancy. After that, we decided we weren't ready yet and we used protection for 10 months or so. When we stopped, I got pregnant with DD within a couple of months. So I guess I have no reason to believe that we'd have trouble this time around, I just know I would get stressed out if we waited and it didn't happen for a while.
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from beniceboston. Show beniceboston's posts

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    God bless you planning another baby while the other one is still breastfeeding.

    My friend's baby is 7 months and she told me that AF hadn't shown up for her either , for the past month she has just started to introduce other foods, on a very limited basis and breast feeds her most of the time.
     
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    [Quote]God bless you planning another baby while the other one is still breastfeeding.

    My friend's baby is 7 months and she told me that AF hadn't shown up for her either , for the past month she has just started to introduce other foods, on a very limited basis and breast feeds her most of the time.[/Quote]

    I totally wouldn't be planning another one so soon, I would rather have DD fully weaned (and potty trained for that matter) before getting pregnant, but I'm closing in on 38, so I don't feel like I have the luxury of waiting all that long.



    My OB said the average time for it to come back is 6 months, though it varies widely from woman to woman. DD eats solids (has been since she was 6 months old), but I still breastfeed her twice a day and pump three times a day. I guess I'll just wait and hope for AF to return in a couple of months after DD turns one and I cut down my pumping sessions.

     
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    You can definitely get pg while breast feeding.  It's a myth my friend figured out was false when she felt kicking - she assumed she couldn't be pg before that telling moment because she was breast feeding ("Guess what, Honey?!").  4 months later, they had kids that were 11 - 12 months apart.
     
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    I was EBF Jacob when I conceived Grace (due in August).

    I had a great milk supply (actually an overabundance of milk) and had my period a few times even while EBF. I only had it a total of 3 times in the 8 month period I was pumping/EBF before I conceived, but it is possible to get pregnant while EBF without having had your period. It happened to me and everyone that found out I was pregnant (and breastfeeding) said "it happened to me too". It seems many second babies were conceived while mom was still BF the first! Good luck!
     
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    Congrats WED!! 
    Sorry, I can't contribute anything else to this conversation... Except that I had no idea women don't get AF while BF.  I thought I was well educated on the female body!  Thanks for the info ladies - it won't be long before it's useful.
     
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    I breastfeed my DS #1 throughout my DS#2 pregnancy and continued to tandem nurse for a year after that.  There is a great book Adventures of Tandem Nursing, I found helpful and supportive. 
     
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    [QUOTE]Congrats WED!!  Sorry, I can't contribute anything else to this conversation... Except that I had no idea women don't get AF while BF.  I thought I was well educated on the female body!  Thanks for the info ladies - it won't be long before it's useful.
    Posted by framerican51008[/QUOTE]


    I didn't either;) There is a fabulous book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility
    by Toni Weschler, I learned so much!
     
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    I decided to stop BF when my son was 10 weeks for personal reasons  including many difficulties with nursing and returning to a crazy FT work schedule.  But, I will say I was full-time nursing up until then and still got AF one month to the day after I delivered!  I was like, are you kidding me?  I actually thought something was wrong with my body post c-section and called my doctor and she had to tell me it was just AF.  Because my son only liked to nurse about 8 times per day as a newborn versus the 10-12 a lot of newborns do, she thought it may have not been enough stimulation to produce the hormones to stop AF.  But, I have a friend who has supplemented with formula the whole time and only nurses 4-5 times per day, and she hasn't gotten AF after 6 mos yet.  So who knows why some women get AF and some women don't when nursing.
    I did work A LOT with lactation specialists when I nursed because of my difficulties.  My advice would be to consult one about nursing your daughter and desire to conceive.  My gut suggestion is to stop the pumping but continue BFing her two times per day and start supplementing the other feedings with formula or stored milk.  If you have an abundant supply, maybe you already have enough milk frozen to supplement a few bottles a day to get her closer to the one year mark.  Or, you and your pediatrician may be comfortable with suplementing with a little formula now.  Cutting down the stimulation down go just twice a day may be enough to stimulate AF. 
     
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    My AF returned exactly 2 weeks after I stopped pumping at work - on my daughter's first birthday, in fact.   We continued nursing for many months afterwards (child-led weaned at 22 months) but I had regular periods in that time.    I think once you drop a few nursings/pumpings, your period will return.

     
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    It's different for every woman, there are no hard and fast rules and BF does NOT keep you from becoming pregnant (we had friends who found out the hard way!). I BF for one year but AF came back at 6 months ... Good luck with this and remember (as others have pointed out) that you are fertile BEFORE AF comes back (have to ovulate before period, right?) ... so you don't need to wait for it to come back before you start trying again.

     
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    My understanding is night time nursing will keep af away.  So if you are looking to ovulate and still continue nursing you could nightwean.  I did this with my oldest, conceived my second, and then let him nurse during the night again when he wanted. 
    Every woman returns to her cycles at a different time.  For me it was 18 months, 15 months and 24 months (with twins). 

     
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    I got AF when my son was around 11 months.  He was no longer breastfeeding, I was just pumping and significantly decreased my milk production.  I bet if you drop a pumping session or two (if you're ready to do that) then AF will come back.
     
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    I got pregnant at 40 with my 2nd while still breastfeeding my 14 month old. I nursed right through the pregnancy, and tandom nursed both of them. It can be done. I actually miss those days sometimes...
     
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    Hi There! 
    I BF my DD#1 too. I can't remember when my AF showed again..probably about 9-11 months. I got pregnant with DD#2 when DD#1 was 15 months old. I continued to nurse DD#1 until she was 19 months old when she thought biting mom was funny..that made weening easy! My OBGYN was supportive of BF while pregnant. Happy to have weened before DD#2 arrival because I could not imagine tandem BF'ing. The girls are exactly 2 years and 4 days apart. I am 34 now and plan to have another soon. Life is sometimes hectic but mostly WONDERFUL. I would do it all over again in a second!
    BF'ing while pregnant is safe if you are not a complicated pregnancy. Be sure you are eating necessary calories and taking calcium and prenatal vitamins. Hope this helps! 
     
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    My first daughter refused to nurse, so I pumped every three hours and bottle fed her.  I don't remember when AF came, but when DD#1 was four months old, we were surprised to learn that DS was on his way!  I stopped pumping shortly after that when I returned to work, happy to give up the grueling schedule.  DS and DD#1 are 13 months apart.

    Two years later, DD#2 was born.  Again, we had a surprise, and DD#3 (child number 4) arrived on DD#2's 1st birthday.  Yup.  I was nursing/pumping that time around too.

    Unexpected miracles do happen!
     
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    In Response to Re: Breastfeeding and AF:
    [QUOTE]My understanding is night time nursing will keep af away. 
    Posted by Quigley1[/QUOTE]

    I have never heard this before and I can say from personal experience that this can't be true! My boys nursed btw 1-3x per night and AF came back way before that began to drop off.
     

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