Post # 1
My son is now 9 months old and still breast feeds about every 4 hours around the clock. My husband and I want to start trying for our second child in the next few months, but my period has not returned yet. Will I need to stop BF completely to become fertile again? If I were younger (I’m almost 37), I would happily wait until DS self-weaned between 1-2 years old, to start TTC again, but we want two more children, so want to try again soon. Any ideas? Your experiences? Advice?
Post # 2
For me, it took completely stopping breastfeeding for my cycles to return. Even when DD was only breastfeeding a couple times a day, I still had no period. I was around 14 months postpartum when I stopped breastfeeding completely, and one month later I had my first period.
For some, that’s what they need to do in order to make their cycles return.
Post # 3
Monny: I just read a good article on Kelly mom about fertility and breastfeeding…let me see if I can find it for you!
Breastfeeding and Fertility
Post # 4
Monny: Once I started weaning my period came back. I think it took dropping two feedings when my son was 9 months old. I always had a supply issue as well so not sure if that helped.
Post # 5
You could probably try reducing the number of feeds your LO has between 12am and 6am as this is when prolactin levels are highest and have the greatest impact on your fertility. You might also want to avoid bed-sharing / co-sleeping to have drop your hormone levels to a point where you start ovulating.
Post # 6
I continued to breastfeed (and have a heavy, frequent bfer) and I experienced the gradual return to fertility described in that Kellymom article – long cycles, no ovulation. On the first cycle where I ovulated, very late in cycle, I conceived and am now pregnant and sstill breastfeeding. I think it varies from person to person, but my first ovulation was 12 months pp.
Post # 7
For me, my period came back full force after I stopped breastfeeding.