Want To Get Pregnant Again

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chris mandola - June 11

I have a 4 month old baby and am br___t feeding. I would like to become pregnant again hopefully this year as I am 41 and can't afford to wait at my age. Do I have to quit br___t feeding? I've heard alot of women say they got their cycle back at 6 months even though they were br___t feeding.

 

Susan W - June 12

Mine didn't come back until DS was over a year and stopped nursing in the early morning hours. But I know a woman who was exclusively b___stfeeding at the b___st and her's came back at 10 weeks! So you never know .. . Usually, it won't come back until you are either not exclusively nursing (solids), use a pacifier, are not nursing between 1-3AM or otherwise reduce time at the b___st. Personally, I'm no spring chicken either, but I decided I would rather not compromise my current baby for one that may never happen and force weaning. But there are a few things you can do to increase your chances. Start solids after 6 months, as recommended by the AAP, and that may jumpstart it if that resuls in your baby nursing less (didn't happen for us). You may find your baby naturally drops that nighttime feeding, which is one that increases prolactin levels, and when that happens, your cycle may naturally return. Or, once the baby is older, you could wean the night feeding and see if that does it. I also had to put about 5 lbs back on because I was really super thin from nursing (!) before I could ovulate again. There are some really good books out there on b___stfeeding and pregnancy. I would recommend "Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing" and "Adventures in Tandem Nursing". Keep in mind that once you conceive, you have an 80% chance of losing your supply, so I would not start ttc with a very young baby, or you have a strong possibility of having to early wean, which is not recommended for health reasons. I've got a 21 month old, and he's only nursing now for comfort once a day, if that, and my supply dropped at 8 weeks and is now gone. It may come back up as the pregnancy progresses -- I'm at 20 weeks plus -- but we'll see. Good luck!! Oh, BTW, there is a pregnancy and nursing and fertility forum at the online La Leche League forum you could check out and see if there's anything there that could help.

 

olivia - June 12

I got my period back at 5 1/2 months. I got one more period at 7 months, and then was pregnant that cycle. My daughter weened at 8 months with the pregnancy (my milk was gone pretty quickly but she has done very well with the adjustment). Without the return of a regular cycle, my pregnancy is not calculated from my last period, they adjusted the due date according to the size of the baby during the first ultrasound. So if you are trying keep in mind that your ovulation might be later than normal once you get a period back. Good luck!

 

C - June 14

I got my period 2 weeks after I stopped nursing at 13 months. Everyone is different and it's hard to tell when you will start ovulating again. I would try for a few months and see what happens. If you don't get it in a few months, then you'll need to weigh your options. I met a girl that never got her period because of nursing and then next thing she knew she found out she was pregnant. She must have conceived the first time she ovulated. Unlike you she was far from being ready for another baby but now she is fine of course.

 

kimmiec - June 15

My little girl is almost 4 months. My period is already back. It came back about 2 months ago, and I am right on the same schedule as before. I am still bf. I didn't think it would come back until I quit bf but I guess I was wrong.

 

Jamie - June 16

I got mine back at 7 weeks, even though I was exclusively b___stfeeding, because I followed the (bad) advise of my doctor. What I did? Started BC. The day after I started the pill, I started AF. I've been ovulating regularly ever since, even though I've been off the pill for 3 months. So - that's what I would suggest you do. Take a progesterone-only pill for a month, it'll jump start your cycle.

 

C - June 17

I started taking the mini pill at 6 weeks and still didn't get my period back for 13 months.

 

Clarissa23 - June 18

my bf son is 23 months and i just got my first period this month...i am currently ttc, have been for 3 months and am hoping we are successful thismonth...the thing that seemed to help was cutting out the day feedings and just nursing before bedtime...right now he is only nursing before bed and i guess my fertililty is back now, but is different for each person

 

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