Pregnant while BF??

Illyssa - posted on 03/31/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if any mom's have become pregnant while BF. I have heard that it was possible and I have heard that it wasn't.

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Denee - posted on 04/09/2010

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I got pregnant for baby#3 when baby #2 was 5 1/2 mos....I was excusively breastfeeding,co-sleeping and he was eating every 2.5 hours daytime and every 3.5 night.
It CAN happen!!!
We were using natural family planning techniques and withdrawl....I had only ovulated once and apparently the little 'fellas' hung around for 6 whole days!!

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Rachel - posted on 04/09/2010

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Forgot to say one day Luke (the second bubba) just stop feeding - cold turkey no need to weaned himself and all I can put it down to is I was pregnant with Daniel and the taste of the milk must have been different??? so mother nature took its course and he weaned naturally so no decision of whether to continue feeding or not came into it (with my first the pregnancy didn't affect his want for mothers milk - boils down to the bub)

Rachel - posted on 04/09/2010

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I totally breastfeed whilst I was pregnant .. there are twenty months between my first two boys and twenty-one months between next. I didn't even realise I pregnant for a month or two (as no periods) so it is most definitely possible and I have three healty active boys .. it was just having to combat with the tiredness of being pregnant etc.. and once your belly gets too big its difficult but not impossible

Sarah - posted on 04/09/2010

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No method of birth control is 100 per cent except for abstinance. LAM and eco breastfeeding are good natural forms of family planning, as long as you observe all the rules.

Julie - posted on 04/09/2010

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Breastfeeding can decrease the possibility that you can get pregnant, but is in no way whatsoever a 100% effective method. Every woman is different and I know plenty of women who are currently breastfeeding and pregnant. Also, you can take birth control while you are breastfeeding-but progesterone only!!!! You can not take estrogen birth controls when you are breastfeeding. If you are uncomfortable with that, use another method or you may have a surprise baby!!!!

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I was BFing my oldest exclusively. My OB insisted that I didn't need to be on any form of birth control since I wouldn't be able to get pregnant while I was BFing. Boy was he wrong!! I was pregnant by the time my daughter was 5 1/2 months old! I didn't know I was pregnant until I felt a baby move inside of me. By the time I got to my first appt I was already 22wks!! So needless to say, when the doc/nurse told me I didn't need birth control I said heck with that, give me that pill (estrogen free of course). Now am pregnant with #4...we were able to plan the third and forth without any major surprises!!

Christina - posted on 04/09/2010

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yes it is possible although some women acually stop ovilating it is not unheard of to still get pregnant if you are bf it all depends on how your hormones in your body work and although many maythink everyones body works the same it may not. So if your sexually active while bf don't think that its imposible.

Lorraine - posted on 04/09/2010

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Breastfeeding is suppose to help slow or stop your body from ovulating once you first have your child. It is not a 100% especially if you start giving your baby solid foods or are beginning to decrease the amount of time and length your baby is on the breast. You still need to use protection.

Connie - posted on 04/09/2010

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its very possible, to breastfeed while prgnant. i know of someone who's 6months pregnant and is still BFing an 13months baby.but this could affect some babies immunity system

Julie - posted on 04/08/2010

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Peta, I was just sharing my experience not advocating that every woman should rely on bf as contraceptive! I also made clear that I was vigilant about checking for signs of ovulating. You're right that every womans body is different and bf wont have a contraceptive effective for everyone but under the conditions I listed its been proven to be as effective as the pill. Yes there will be some women who ovulate and/or get pregnant even when they meet these conditions just as there will be women who get pregnant whilst using other contraceptives despite following instructions to the letter. Using contraceptives doesnt guarantee you wont get pregnant either - the only true guarantee of that is abstinance.
My personal choice was that I didnt want to take contraceptives if I wasnt even ovulating, I dont like what they do to my body and I wanted to use natural family planning. I researched it and I made the decision that was right for me - it wont be right for everyone but then neither is hormonal contraception. Whatever method of family planning people decide on is down to each couple no-one has the right to tell people they should be using contraception just as no-one has the right to tell someone they shouldnt. People should research any option and decide whats best for them but I stand by the fact that bf has contraceptive benefits for most women under the conditions listed.

Donna - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi
My doctor told me it was less than likely while your breatfeeding every 3hours but as you go longer between feeds eg 4h then it was a lot more possible

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2010

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You definately can get pregnant while breastfeeding. We started trying for #2 when our daughter was 15 months and I was still breastfeeding twice a day - I fell pregnant the first month we tried. My daughter choose to give up breastfeeding when I was about 10 weeks pregnant. I also know of someone fell pregnant when her son was only 3 months old and breastfeeding.
Don't trust breastfeeding as a contraceptive!!!! Some women don't get their periods back until after they stop breastfeeding and others get it back straight away (my first period was 6 weeks after my daughter was born). You never know when you will start ovulating again - and you could fall pregnant that first cycle before you get a period so play it safe!

Dorcas - posted on 04/07/2010

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Its a myth that you cant get pregnant wile breast feeding. You can and will if you have unprotected sex. Make sure your partner know. It is to difficult to have to small kids in tow.

Casey - posted on 04/07/2010

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Oh & we were bed sharing, baby wearing, nursing etc. My milk dried up pretty quick too, but my son still nursed thru the pregnancy. He continues to nurse now at 28 months, right along side his 1 y/o sister!

Casey - posted on 04/07/2010

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I did! My son was 7 months old- just started solids. My kids are 16.5 months apart. I had 2 periods that were not regular yet... & boom... preggos!

Christina - posted on 04/07/2010

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I got pregnant while breastfeeding.... my milk dried up almost immediately after though.

Sarah - posted on 04/07/2010

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You guys might want to check out something called Ecological Breastfeeding. It's a very strict form of feeding on cue with a big emphasis on no artificial nipples, co-sleeping at night and for a nap, mother baby togetherness, no solids until 6 mos, and no postpartum bleeding 56 days after birth. I have practiced this form of breastfeeding and am now in my 8th month postpartum, sans period. You have to watch for other signs of fertility the further away you are from the birth of your child, but the average timespan at which women get their fertility back after birth when using this method is about 14 mos, some longer. Every woman is different, but for a lot of women, this is the perfect, natural, and healthy way to space children.

Peta - posted on 04/07/2010

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Julie this workrd for you but it is not same for every woman as each body is different and if they DO NOT want to get pregnant they should use some form of birth control. My sister is a reproductive doctor and I did some cycle monitoring while only breast feeding (with no supplementation or any bottle) and I ovulated without having any period. If you do not want to be pregnant while taking care of your new baby take the safe road and at least use a condom.

Julie - posted on 04/07/2010

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Breastfeeding is as effective a contraception as the pill providing
- your baby is under 6 months old
- you always feed on demand
- baby is only having breastmilk (no formula, water or solid foods)
- all sucking is at the breast so no pacifiers
- You dont go more than 3 hours between feeds through the day and 6 hours at night
As I said its as effective as the pill and everyone knows someone on the pill who got pregnant too lol. Also because in western society pacifiers, top up feeds, routine feeding, early weaning and leaving baby with a sitter are so common its a rare mother who will meet all those conditions for 6 months.

I relied on bf as contraception for the 1st 6 months but I was vigilant and checked for signs of ovulation. Also if my baby went longer than usual between feeds we would use condoms. My periods returned when he was 15 months old and I was pregnant 2 months later. Still bf now and have a good milk supply (ds2 is 20 months and I'm 17 weeks pregnant). Ds1 was 3 and still bf when I got pregnant with ds2 but because he nursed less my milk dried up. First time round I had an IUS device fitted when he was 12 weeks old so dont know when my fertility would have naturally returned but as I didnt meet most of the criteria I imagine it would have been a lot sooner (he had a pacifier, top up feeds, weaned to solids early and was occasionally left with grandparents for the afternoon). I decided after ds2 that I didnt want to use contraceptives if I wasnt ovulating, I felt my body needed a break from them

Peta - posted on 04/06/2010

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Ovulation can and does occur without any signs of bleeding. Women can get pregnant even when they are solely breast feeding, no suplementing or foods. If you do not want to get pregnant use some form of birth control. Because not bleeding ie visible period, does not mean you are not ovulating.

Joedy - posted on 04/05/2010

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My 2 girl friends both got pregnant twice in a row! while BF. They thought it was impossible...

Anneke - posted on 04/05/2010

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yeah mine was when my son was just over 12 months so I had a period. Though ovulation sticks are liars as they never showed I was ovulating, yet I think it was the cheapness pof them as even the pregnancy test didnt really show. Clear blue one certainly did. I am 2 months pregnant now.

Venessa - posted on 04/04/2010

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Fertility isn't decided by wether you are breastfeeding but wether you are ovulating. They suggest breastfeeding holds off ovulation - hence lots of women not gettign their period post pregnancy for many months, and many presuming it will stop pregnancy . It is no form of contraception. My sister got pregnant whilst breastfeeding and 2 friends also have.

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2010

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Andrea - As long as a woman is EXCLUSIVELY breastfeeding (no supplementation of any kind, nor formula, solids or even expressed breast milk in a bottle, no pacifier use, all of baby's sucking needs are met at the breast, etc) on demand, including at night it is unlikely her fertility will return before six months, though there are always exceptions. Under these circumstances, when a baby is nursing at least every 3 hours with one longer period of not more than 5 hours without nursing, it is extremely rare that a woman would be fertile during the first 6 weeks pospartum. Once a woman returns to fertility, she stays fertile. There is no increased fertility for the first 6 weeks that decreases, actually the opposite is true. The farther you are pospartum, the greater your chances of returning to fertility.

It is possible to ovulate before you have a period. In fact, if a woman is only a few months postpartum there is an increased chance that she will have a few anovulatory or warning bleeds before she ovulates. That is to say she will bleed without having ovulated. The farther post partum she goes without bleeds, the more likely it is she will ovulate BEFORE she bleeds, so that it is possible that she could become PG again without ever having had a period.

If you'd like to learn more, you can research LAM or Lactational Amenorrhea. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a wonderful book on the subject.

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2010

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It is possible. Breastfeeding delays ovulation and return to fertility until at least 6 months in most cases, but there are always exceptions. And most women return to fertility within a few weeks or months of introducing complimentary foods at 6 months. It is possible to learn your body's cues to know when and if you are ovulating so that you can act accordingly depending on your wishes.

Also, BTW, if a woman does become PG while BFing, it is safe to continue BFing in all but a very few circumstances (multiples, risk for preterm labor, mom is SEVERELY underweight/malnourished.)

Caprice - posted on 04/04/2010

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i got pregnant with my son when my daughter was 14 1/2 mo old -- she was still nursing like a champ (not just during the day, but several times during the night as well). definitely possible, no question! :)

Andrea - posted on 04/04/2010

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I'm curious about this whole topic. You find a lot of women getting pregnant RIGHT after having a baby (within the first 6 weeks) because the first 6 weeks you are extremely fertile - but after that, not AS fertile. What I am curious about is how you can ovulate and have no period?

Breastfeeding alone is not a birth control - but I would assume not ovulating (not getting your period) would be?

Carly - posted on 04/04/2010

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My girlfriend was breastfeeding her 3 month old son and fell pregnant with twins... BE CAREFUL :o)

Beck - posted on 04/01/2010

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hehhehe yeah, anyone else get told that three days after labour!! "what contraception will you be using?" I was like, ahhh, ummm my fanny is ripped to shreads, I haven't slept in three days and the only time my bub has been off my boobie is when I pee and even then I worry my insides are going to fall out... sex? umm no thanks!! hehehe (sorry if that was a bit grafic! if you have had a natural birth, id say you could see where I coming from) Can't wait to go back for another though!!!! Bubs now 13mths

Valerie - posted on 04/01/2010

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totalyy possibler to get pregnant while breastfeeding and happens often...your doctor or nurse should have told you that at the hospital and on check ups becuase this is so common...no period does not mean you can't get pregnant. nursing does not mean you can't get pregnant...use birth control or you will get pregnant...all the best to you

Beck - posted on 03/31/2010

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My friend just has, feeding her number one bub 5-7 times a day, he is 12mths. She took 18mths to get preg with him and needed fertility treatment. So after first month it was a suprise to get preg!

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