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Postby tatuchick4u2c » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:45 pm

JK~ my ppaf just started today and I think I am with you on the not preventing....I did break out the bbt though just to track my cycle lol I also read my cards and they say I think it was anuary for me sooo we will see lol
wow it really does only take 1 time!!!! And now I am saying that a second time ;)

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Postby Susy07 » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:51 am

No, I would guess that it's somewhere in between the effectiveness of BFing, and not bfing at all. Becuase you're still producing milk and have higher elevations of prolactin than normal, but the nipple stimulation isn't quite teh same. :dunno:
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Postby Ji » Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:45 am

brittnimarie wrote:Does anyone know about pumping and fertility? I know it "voids" the accuracy of LAM because DD2 will be getting 1-2 bottles of pumped milk a day while I'm in school.. but I was hoping to do Natural Family Planning but I have a feeling this is going to be impossible if I dont get my period back due to breastfeeding 80% of the time but pumping 20%....

Does pumping make your period come back just as if you weren't breastfeeding at all?

Is it possible to do natural family planning if my period isn't back?

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How long will you be away from your baby? Is there any way you can feed directly during your lunch break? In order to increase the effectiveness of LAM, ideally you should not have a break longer than 6 hours without nursing directly. Like bcblondie said, it's the stimulation created by the baby's nursing which alters the pituitary function and ovarian function.

I returned to work when DS was 9 weeks old and pumped at school until he was 2 years old. But I continued to nurse during my lunch break until a couple of months ago. I didn't get AF back until almost 30 months pp. LAM was very effective in my case. :)
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Postby dimac » Mon May 23, 2011 11:08 am

I know there haven't been any new posts on here for awhile but I thought I'd ask this here since it's relating to the topic.

Has anyone been ttc for quite some time while breastfeeding with no success? I'm on my 7th PPAF cycle and I still feel like my cycles aren't optimal. I've been doing acupuncture and Chinese herbs for two months now, but nothing has helped so far.

DD will be 18 months in June, and although I don't EBF, she is not ready to wean completely. I probably nurse her two times a day during the week, and 3 or 4 times a day on the weekends. I'm worried this is contributing to my not being able to conceive. Any advice?
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Postby Susy07 » Mon May 23, 2011 11:10 am

We've been trying since I got my cycles back at a year pospartum. DS is now 2.5. I bf about once a day, prolactin levels are normal but my doc still seems to think it's affecting my chances. I've been refered to an RE so we'll see what they think.
Hope we both get a bfp soon.
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Postby constanceschofield » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:28 am

To me, lactation amenorrhea is another example of Mother Nature’s wonderful program, which intended for breastfeeding to nurture and nourish babies, keep mothers happily blessed out on oxytocin highs and alert and attentive to their babies through high levels of prolactin, in addition to providing an effective method of spacing babies.
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Postby arennn22 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:32 pm

Good discussion!
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Re: Breastfeeding and Fertility

Postby deana_karnika » Sat May 25, 2013 7:41 pm

Has anyone here gotten pregnant while ebf before getting af back? I havent had an af yet db will be 9 months on monday, i randomly took an ovulation test and it looks like i may be ovulating. W really do want to start ttc ing soon but ... Is this too soon lol. Any experiences like this?
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