for breastfeeding moms: if you got pregnant again how long did it take to conceive?

Vilma - posted on 03/07/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )




I heard it takes longer to conceive when you are still nursing. My daughter is months and menstrual is irregular. We have been trying since January.

Just wondering if any of you are going through the same thing?



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Felicia - posted on 03/10/2010




It is different for everybody. I Exclusively breastfed for 6 months, then introduced solids. Got menstrual period back at 9 months post partum. Conceived at 14 months postpartum (still nursing) Miscarried at 7 weeks, got pregnant same month, and had healthy baby boy 10 days after my daughters 2nd birthday, nursed through the WHOLE pregnancy, and now tandem nursing! Good Luck:)

Alisa - posted on 03/10/2010




I had my first period back when my son was 13 months old, and it was very irregular for about 6 months, then I had two consistent cycles and got pregnant with my daughter who is 4 months old this week. I breastfed throughout all of this including the subsequent pregnancy...It was frustrating at the time ( I wanted to get pregnant again from the time my son was 9 months old), since I thought I wanted them closer together in age, but in retrospect, I think the spacing worked out great (2 years and 5 months apart)...Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2010




I got my first period back at six months, but didn't get pregnant until my daughter was 11 months. Around the time I got pregnant again, she had dropped two feedings and started eating more solids. Also, I had started a workout routine shortly after that.

Good luck!

Meagan - posted on 03/09/2010




my daughter was 11 months old when i conceived again, i had just got my first period at 10 mths.

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I got pregnant when my oldest was 11 months and breastmilk was her main source of food. She continued until about 17 months and I was 7 months pregnant. After my second I got pregnant when he was 15 months and miscarried, but not related to breastfeeding. I have only had 4 periods in 3 1/2 years so ovulation is definitely tricky to figure out! We are still trying for a third :) and my little guy is still nursing strong

Krystal - posted on 03/08/2010




My daughter was almost a year old when I stopped nursing and it took me the "normal" three months to conceive. We tried but then I went to my doctor and she told me that just because my period never missed a beat since the month I delivered my first didn't mean I ovulated and that it was normal for the breastfeeding BC to cease a few months after stopping. A month later we found out we were pregnant and now I'm due in 6 weeks! Good luck!

Beck - posted on 03/07/2010




My girlfriend has just got pregnant first month after iregular periods. She had to take firtility treatment for first bub and took 18mths!!! She is still feeding her bub 12mths old 5 or so times a day. Good luck, I know its frustrating. We are looking to try again in a few months and I wonder how long it will take,. Though I get a regular period and know I am ovulating.

Whitney - posted on 03/07/2010




My cycles started again when my daughter was 10 months old, I became pregnant and miscarried when she was 12 months old, then I just learned we are expecting again, (hopefully with no miscarriage) this month...I think it just depends on the person! Good luck!!

Caitlin - posted on 03/07/2010




I was breastfeeding my first and got pregnant just before she turned 6 months old. It was quite the surprise, but now we have our #2.. I have heard it's hard to conceive for most people though, which may be why my doc was so surprised I got pregnant again.

Angela - posted on 03/07/2010




didn't get pregnant while breastfeeding, but stopped on the 17th and the dr told me i conceived on the 23rd. so good luck.

Kimberly - posted on 03/07/2010




My period came back when my son was 9 months and I was still breastfeeding him. (Though he was on solids, too, by that point.) It took us 2 months to get preggos again... But I have heard it can take longer, especially if your cycle is irregular. I second the idea of getting an ovulation predictor kit, or charting your basal body temp before getting out of bed in the mornings...then you'll know when/if you're ovulating...

Tammy - posted on 03/07/2010




You could also try an ovulation kit which can be bought from your local pharmacy, as it will determine when you are ovulating by a spike in your temperature.

Vilma - posted on 03/07/2010




my daughter is 10 months, and Ive only had my period once (last month) i tried calculating to see when i ovulate but i guess we can use that calculation.
good luck.

Anneke - posted on 03/07/2010




been trying 10 months! :( nothing. So not fair i get a period if I dont ovulate!

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