Post # 1
Does anyone have any experience breastfeeding while TTC? My Darling Husband and I have just started TTC number 2. My doctor told me it was unlikely to happen quicky because I am still breastfeeding #1 at 14 months. He only feeds twice a day now and for about 5mins total (im working on weaning).
My periods have completely returned to a normal 28/29 day cycle.
Post # 2
Breastfeeding is a natural form of contraception. You might not get pregnant while breastfeeding, or it can takeyou mu h longer. Also when you do get pregnant, you must stop breastfeeding anyway. So migjt as well start weaning off now this way increasing your chances of pregnancy.
Post # 3
MeeShell: I know my Mother-In-Law did not get pregnant while nursing, but that is only if you were nursing exclusively. If you have regular period s, it is possible. And lots of charts on fertility friend are of nursing moms.
Post # 4
tagerosan: There is no reason why a pregnant woman needs to stop breastfeeding. Many women tandem nurse two babies. I know two moms doing it currently.
Post # 5
MeeShell: Hi friend! I looked into this before we started TTC #2 – from what I read, as long as you are having regular cycles, you are likely to have normal fertility, but there are some women who develop a luteal phase defect while breastfeeding – I’d recommend charting or using opks for at least a cycle or two to get an idea of whether your cycle is “normal”. If so, I don’t think there would be any reason to doubt that you are fertile. And if you were interested in exteded BFing, you definitely don’t have to stop BFing when you get pregnant. Good luck! Hope to see more bumps among our March mamas group soon! 🙂
Post # 6
I think if you’re having regular cycles you should be fine. Good luck!
Post # 7
Usually if you’re having regular cycles you should be fine. Lots of women get pregnant while breastfeeding. I am breastfeeding mine 2-3x a day and not planning on weaning anytime soon. We are not trying to get pregnant but I chart and I do seem to have a luteal phase defect. So something to consider…I’ve had a few short cycles (24days) but most have been 28-29days I am just not ovulating until later on in my cycle.
To clear up any misinformation from PP, you don’t have to stop breastfeeding when you get pregnant. Many women do or the child will naturally wean because eventually the milk turns back into colostrum and they decide they are done. But for many toddlers nursing is more for comfort than nutrition and they will continue to nurse and then after baby comes you can tandem nurse (if that’s your thing). Other women will wean because of the nipple sensitivity. But still, you don’t HAVE to stop breastfeeding when you are pregnant. A younger infant who requires breastmilk for nutrition (less than 1 year old) may need to be supplemented with formula though when your milk turns back to colostrum.
Post # 8
Hi March momma! Following along because I hope we don’t have to wean when we start in July/August. I did have a cp in March but I wouldn’t say breastfeeding had anything to do with it until it happens multiple times, which hopefully it won’t. I think getting pregnant while nursing is something that probably varies from person to person, like most things! Good luck!!
Post # 9
tagerosan: yeah I’m sorry I don’t agree with you there. You do not have to stop breastfeeding when you get pregnant. Plenty of people have tandem fed successfully.
bananasareyellow: Hello You!! Luteal phase defect….eeek that sounds like a challenge! I ordered 60 wondfo a off amazon last week but they haven’t arrived yet! I’m currently on CD4 so hoping they get here in the next week. Were you still fb when you fell preggers with #2?
kes18: thanks for your response! I hadn’t heard of this defect before this post so I better jump on google! Thanks for clearing that up! I am hoping my little man weans himself but no signs of that yet!
MrsWBS: oh hey there! Woohoo July isn’t too far away! Yeah I don’t want to have to wean either, it’s working so well for us at the mo! Sorry to hear about the CP! fibgers crossed there is no link.
Post # 10
MeeShell: I wasn’t BFing when I got my BFP – I actually had to wean down to 1 nursing session under 2 minutes a day in order to just get AF to show up again, and that amount of nursing wasn’t able to sustain my supply so we weaned altogether a month before I got my BFP. I had a luteal phase defect when my cycle finally showed up again (LP was only 8 days), but then when TTC #1 my LP was only 9 days, so I think my short LP TTC #2 was a fault of my own body rather than being due to recently BFing.
Even if you end up having a LP on the shorter side, it really isn’t that big of a deal – people say a LP should be at least 10 days to be able to support a pregnancy, but, being on my second pregnancy, I am living proof that you can get KU’d with a LP of only 8-9 days! And the second time around it happened on just our second cycle TTC!
Post # 11
MeeShell: I was still nursing my toddler 2-3 times a day when I got my bfp and am still nursing her once a day while fully breastfeeding my newborn.
Fertility while bf’ing really seems to vary between individuals but you won’t know until you start trying Although regular cycles are a good start!
Post # 12
MeeShell: I don’t have personal experience here. I do know my brother and I were both breastfed at least up until 9 months, and my mom found out she was pregnant with me when my brother was 6 months old! She also continued to breastfeed my brother while pregnant with me… So there’s that! I could ask her for information, but I wouldn’t know what to ask her!
What I do know is that she had thyroid related fertility issues, and at some point after my brother was born her doctor told her she could try again whenever she was ready… Which she intended to do but I don’t think quite so soon!