Did you get Pregnant after you stopped Breastfeeding??

Christina - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months and I am still breastfeeding her all day, since I'm home with her! She drinks whole milk from straws, sippy cups and bottle. My husband and I are not using any type of birth contraceptive but I still haven't had my menstrual cycle or I haven't seen a pink plus sign on a pregnancy test!! We are ready for child #2 but I don't want to stop breastfeeding her. It soothes her and like they say "breast milk is the best milk".



My question is has anyone stopped breastfeeding and immediately became pregnant? I will stop if I know this is true but I don't want to unless I know that's the only way I could get pregnant!



Thank you for any replies!

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Lorilynne - posted on 02/17/2009

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Its different for every woman.  I got pregnant while breastfeeding (we were trying to conceive).  There is no guarantee that if you stop your period will immediately come back, just like there is no guarantee that if you are exclusively breastfeeding you won't get your period.  Mine came back after six weeks with my daughter and now with my son, he's just about six months old and it hasn't come back.  How often are you nursing her? 

Allison - posted on 02/17/2009

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I got pregnant *while* still nursing :-) My son was 17 months old. I didn't want to wean so I didn't. My periods returned when my son was 10 months old and even though we weren't preventing pregnancy, I didn't get pregnant until a bit later. I'm 28 weeks now and still nursing and plan on tandem nursing once the baby arrives.

You could stop nursing, but your cycles may not return to normal for some time (or they may...just depends). No guarantee though.

Shanyn - posted on 02/17/2009

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I got pregnant while nursing my son - he was about 20 months at the time and still nursing quite a bit. So maybe since you don't have the predictable month-to-month cycle to depend on, you could look at getting some ovulation tests from the store? I know they can be bit pricey, but I have several friends who swear by them. Good luck!!

Krystal - posted on 02/17/2009

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i was exclusively nursing my 4 month old son when i got pregnant again. i did not get a period during that time. I also didn't get my first period since getting pregnant with my son until my daughter was 14 months old (we weaned at 13 1/2 months).



Good luck with #2

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Merry - posted on 09/01/2010

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I was trying to conceive for a few months with no luck and since eric nursed about 7 times a day i figured it wasnt happening because of him. But I decided that since weaning before the age of 2 puts them at a increase health risk, i decided I couldnt jeapordise Erics health just cuz I wanted another. seemed so mean to him.. So we just kept trying and it worked! I am 5 weeks now, eric still nurses 7 times a day and I plan on nursing through the pregnancy and aong with the new baby too.
I would ask you to really think if you need the new baby now, like if there is a strong reason for having it soon. Otherwise you can just let nature take its course and the baby will come when your body knows its safe for it.
oh and world health organization actually recommends not conceiving until your child is 2 to ensure that each child gets the full 2 years of breastmilk.
Best of luck, and it will happen just hard to say when, but like me, it could be sooner then you thought :)

J - posted on 09/01/2010

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That is so nice you haven't gotten your period back yet. I wasn't so lucky, even though I was bf exclusively mine came back the day my son turned 8 months old. the next month it only lasted for 2-3 days. I thought little of it until next month when I didn't have one at all. Sure enough I was pregnant. It was completely unexpected. I couldn't take birth control b/c I was bf, but we definitely weren't trying. I suspect that I was pregnant just before mine returned, and my body was just prepping for #2, but I may never know. Exclusively nursing seems to be natures contraceptive right away, but I think that stress and exhaustion plays into it as well. Maybe you have a lot on your plate right now and that's why it hasn't returned? I wouldn't stop nursing just to get pregnant unless your instincts are telling you that's the reason why. Not trying for a baby at all always seems to do the trick for me. Good luck with everything!!

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