(Closed) Experienced Charter & TTC while BF'ers….help!!

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I don’t know anything about BFing, so hopefully some of our mama charters can help you out there. But… I think it depends on the person, but I know for me, the time I take my temp makes a huge difference, way bigger than whether or not I’ve had 3 hours of sleep. So for me, I’d shoot for taking my temp at the same time, even if that means more like 1-3 hours of sleep. I also think FF is confused because of your one day of fertile CM that then switched back to unfertile CM. That’s part of the reason it put your O there.

Your temps seem normal to me except for that one 96.2ish temp. That one seems a little odd.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

This might be long…

Have you been temping awhile?  It took me 3mo + OPKs to pinpoint O. I would recommend OPKs. It really helped me narrrow down O.

I am BFing (my cycle came back at 7.5mo pp) and was originally trying to temp when I was woken up (DD woke up 1-2+ times a night when I started) so that meant I was “trying” to temp at 3-4am but my wakeups were anywhere from midnight-5am. So I did a lot of temp adjusting with online temp adjusters.

Honestly, I think it made my temps/chart harder to read. Once I finally quit and just started temping before I get up for the day (7-7:30am) my temps got a lot clearer. So now I just temp between 645-8am everyday.  Most of the time I have gotten out of bed at 3-5am. So no 3+ hr window. But I still get a temp shift, and it is easier to see than before.  My Dear Daughter is 14 mo this week and wakes up 1x a night normally between 3-4am.  Agree with PP that I got better temps temping right before I got up no matter how much sleep I had (except for the truly awful nights- I usually discarded those)

The OPKs really helped. I basically have a shorter cycle (24-26 days) but I am not Oing until CD16-20 and then have a short LP (7-9 days). The lowest was 7 but after that I quit pumping at work and dropped to just feeding her 2-3x after her 1st birthday.  Mine haven’t lengthened yet…unless you consider an LP of 9 long πŸ™‚

I get a lot of creamy CM sometimes mixed in with watery or egg white. I can’t tell if you have Od but I would guess not, but the next few days should help.

I would strongly recommend OPKs for you!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I should add I am not TTC but TTA for now πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I only count my OPK cycles as reliable so…I charted for 2 cycles BFing/pumping about 5-6x a day. I think those cycles I had a 7 and 8 day LP. Quit pumping at 1 yr after that and just Boyfriend or Best Friend 2-3x a day and my LP is now about 9 days. Otherwise. ..no difference! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Actual BFing has been the same the whole time (2-3x). It was pumping that was different. Interestingly,  I believe nursing itself is what affects your cycle. Same reason you can only follow LAM if you are breastfeeding exclusively- pumping does not work. Something to do with actual nipple stimulation by baby. It’s the baby breastfeeding (not pumping) that holds off the retreturn of your cycle.

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