Post # 1
Hello! Has anyone here successfully conceived while breastfeeding? My husband and I are thinking about trying for baby #2 in the next few months, but I’m still breastfeeding my daughter and I haven’t had a period yet (she’s about 8 months). Will I have to wean her in order to get pregnant? We really want our kids close in age, but I’m not sure when I’ll be ready to wean…
Post # 2
I was really worried about having to wean to conceive so I read a lot about it and just decided to try. We conceived on our second month trying (even though first baby took much longer!) when Dear Daughter was 11 months and still nursing. Not sure if it made a difference, but the month we conceived, I quit pumping at work (had enough frozen to make it to a year) and only nursed morning and night, but still full-time on weekends.
My daughter ended up self-weaning completely at about 13/14 months, when I was about 10 weeks. It was a little sooner than I had hoped, and I think she decided to quit because my supply tanked from being pregnant. I don’t know for sure that’s what happened, but we switched to only bedtime, then quit cold-turkey and I never had any engorgement at all, so I think there just wasn’t anything there. And this was after not having any supply issues at all before, so I was a little disappointed. But so happy to make it to a year and have 2 kids close in age like we wanted!
ETA: forgot to mention, I did get my period back at 7 months pp but started tracking right away and didn’t ovulate the first couple months. For me, I think it took her night-weaning (on her own) and eating more table food for me to ovulate. I didn’t push that at all, but probably would’ve cut down on nursing sessions around a year if she hadn’t done that on her own already and I didn’t have my period yet.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2016 - Montego Bay, Jamaica
a friend of mine got pregnant while breastfeeding her 6 month old recently! It was a total shock to her because she was convinced you couldn’t get pregnant while breastfeeding. So yes it is very possible!
Post # 4
I got pregnant while breastfeeding. Actually I’m still breastfeeding my almost 18 month old, and I’m 14 weeks pregnant. My period returned when she was 9 months and was eating a little more. That was when I returned to work too, and I didn’t pump.
Post # 5
My sister had 3 kids in 5 years with no break at all in breastfeeding.
Post # 6
As others have shown, it’s totally possible. It you really won’t know until it happens, or doesn’t happen for you. I had to wean Dear Daughter before I got a period back, and then I got a bfp a month or so after. But I had to wean first
Post # 7
rsquared : I did but when we tried (and got pregnant) my Dear Daughter was already 22mo old. And my period came back at 7.5mo pp with her. I did have a short luteal phase though until she was over 1 (it was 7 days). I weaned her when she was 25mo and I was 12weeks pregnant. It really hurt at that point and I was nauseated. And I didn’t want to tandem nurse a newborn and a 2.5 year old. My second is 10 mo in a few days but I don’t have a period yet. He nurses a lot overnight so I guess that’s why.
I believe the vast majority of women can conceive while breastfeeding but it’s really individual and you might need to cut sessions to get your period back. Biologically speaking your body does not want to get pregnant since when you get pregnant your milk supply will dry up and turn back to colostrum. So there’s a reason most women don’t get a period for awhile when breastfeeding. Keep in mind if you get pregnant before your baby is 1 they could need formula instead. Toddlers or older kids will either self wean or nurse right through the drier spell.
Post # 8
A lot of women get their periods / and begin to ovulate again while nursing, especially once baby grows and starts eating more solids and nursing less. I’ve never TTC while nursing, but with both babies I’ve started my monthly cycle while nursing (first baby was maybe 1.5 and hardly nursing, second baby was around 9 months and still nursing a fair amount !
Post # 9
Thanks for all of your repsonses, you are all so helpful! Oddly enough I just started my first period post-partum, so maybe there’s hope that I won’t need to worry about weaning just yet!