Breastfeeding and Wanting to get Pregnant

Lexie - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 6 1/2 month old is exclusively breastfed, and I hope to continue it until at least a year old. We are wanting to get pregnant with another baby. The problem with that is my husband is in Japan with the Navy for the next year. He will possibly be coming home for about 2 weeks in December or January, and we want to try to conceive then. I am still not having a period, so I was wondering if there was something I could do to increase our chances of getting pregnant at that time? Has anyone gotten pregnant while breastfeeding before you got your period back?

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Laura - posted on 09/28/2009

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Yes you can get pregnant while breastfeeding even if you still havnt had your period. I got pregnant while breastfeeding only 2mths after my first daughter

Stacy - posted on 09/27/2009

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If you want to get pregnant, use the Maybe Baby kit. I used it my first month and got pregnant right away. It works with your saliva, so it's very reliable and will tell you when you're ovulating and about to ovulate.

Rebekah - posted on 09/04/2009

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Well, this is what happened with me... not sure it will work for everyone. At my postpartem app the doc had me start taking the POP pill for birth control. I got a period when I started taking that. Then for no particular reason I stopped taking the pill and I ended up getting pregnant when my daughter was 6 months old. We weren't trying or anything, it just happened. She exclusively breasted till now. She is 11 months old and I think the pregnancy has changed milk production/ taste. She never did take a bottle though. Hope this helps you in some way

Lexie - posted on 09/02/2009

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My daughter has been sleeping through the night since 7 weeks. She is a scheduled nurser, so I figured I would have gotten my period sooner, but it has yet to come.

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You can ovulate while breastfeeding without having your period. If you're not sure if you're ovulating there are ways to tell (taking your temp, checking your vaginal discharge). If you google Natural Family Planning you can find some information about how to check if your are ovulating.



If you are not ovulating then one thing you can do to help you start ovulating before your hubby gets home would be to try to get your daughter to sleep through the night. No longer having your sleep interrupted to feed the baby may trigger your body to become fertile again. Goodluck!

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You can get preggo while breastfeeding. It doesn't mean you can't get pregnant just because you aren't having a period. I know MANY MANY people who have had pregnancies while BF. (used to work in a OB/Gyn. office) Make sure you are still taking your prenatal vitamins, and best to stay away from any kind of caffeine, alcohol, nicotine/any drugs. Best for both of you to stay away from all of it actually. It is more likely to make your hubby's sperm not as 'happy' we'll say. -- Doctors do recommend waiting for 18 months though (which many do not and are fine) so your body has time to recover. Having a baby sooner can lead to premature births and low birth weight babies, just so you know. Oh, and most important, don't be stressed at all when he comes home. The more stress you have, the less chance you will get preggo. Good Luck.

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