Uterine lining and breastfeeding

Karen - posted on 07/06/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I heard that breastfeeding thins the lining of your uterus. Has anyone else heard this from a repetable source? I'm wondering because I'm nursing my 2.5 year old (about 6 times and day and 2-3 times a night) and trying to conceive.

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Elizabeth - posted on 07/10/2011

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Just so everyone knows, you can get pregnant while BF before you have a period. You still ovulate but do not have a period.

Merry - posted on 07/13/2011

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My son is also 2 and he nurses about 7-8 times a day. My daughter is 2 months and she's obviously breastfeeding too :)
We used a diaphragm until we were ready to have another baby. Within four cycles we got pregnant. Eric nursed the whole pregnancy and is tandem nursing now. He can quit when he wants to but I think it will be a while :)

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Elizabeth - posted on 07/15/2011

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Alexandria, I am glad that BF has worked for you to keep from getting pregnant, but I personally know several women who were exclusively breastfeeding and got pregnant right away. It can and does happen quite often.

Merry - posted on 07/13/2011

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That's how I felt too Karen! I didn't want my choice affecting erics choice to breastfeed a natural duration. And thankfully it hasn't. While tandem nursing does have tis challenges it's totally worth it. And besides you would have adjustment challenges wether breastfeeding both or not. It's unavoidable so I figure might as well allow my son to continue if he wants.

Karen - posted on 07/13/2011

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I saw my naturopath who is also a midwife and she's not the least bit concerned with my nursing and ttc. She put me on some great supplements and I'm already feeling the differene. I think I'll start charting and make sure we time things right. I feel pretty comfortable now that I should be able to conceive without too much trouble.
I really hope to continue nursing my daughter throughout a pregnancy. I would hate for something I decided (to get pregnant) would prematurally stop her from nursing. I love nursing her!

Alexandria - posted on 07/12/2011

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I've been told by many reliable sources that breast feeding is the natural equivalent to birth control and my experience leaves me with no doubt that it's true, minus the cancer risks of man made BC (nursing actually reduces risk of common cancers in women), minus the unnatural substances of man made BC. Our bodies are smart enough to not allow us more than we can handle at once. (Picture a very pregnant women nursing a child... doesn't sound 'comfy' for anyone involved, and that is the least of the concerns) You could conceive but your uteran lining could be weaker. Nursing creates hormones that dont jive well with pregnancy and thus could increase likelihood of complications. That is, if you can even accomplish getting pregnant while you're still nursing. Might be time to make a decision. What do you want more?... To continue nursing, or have another baby right now. Better yet, would your 2.5 yr old even let you wean right now as much as you're nursing? My 2.5 year old (my only child) is still nursing quite a bit as well. Honestly, my personal main incentive to continue giving her the option to nurse is the idea that it's helping me space out my pregnancies, of course her health benefits are the highest priority (extremely healthy, bright child), the free/natural BC benefits are secondary, but she and I are both getting what we want/need out of her nursing. My husband got back from a year deployment in Afghanistan in Feb 2011, then, we also spent 2 months apart during out of state training he went to, all of switch increased his sperm count (lack of ejaculation, lol), yet dispite lots of GREAT sex and his strong desire for another child (yes, we disagree on more children at this point, but if I conceived again now I wouldn't be upset) and without any man made birth control, we've not conceived again.

By the way, it's a relief to know that at least one other mom out there is still nursing their 2 yr old. I see the results I want and I'm more than satisfied with it, wouldn't change a thing but society at large doesn't understand that boobs exsist because of their ability to be of nutritional value, not to be sex toys! (No offense to the boobie lovers out there lol, it's not your fault really, you've just been mislead by western pervertion about the purpose of that part of our anatomy. That being said, let me get back to raising my healthy child and the boobie lovers can feel free to get back to playboy center folds. To each their own!)

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And on the flip side of what Elizabeth posted, it is possible to have a period without ovulation.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/10/2011

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I don't know if it does, by I very easily got pregnant when I was BF, I used ovulation tests to determine peak ovulation and it worked in one try.

Karen - posted on 07/10/2011

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I do have my period and have since my daughter was 11 months old. I know I CAN conceive, I just wonder if it may be slightly less likely.
Laura, do you know where you heard that bfing does thin the lining? That's the information I'm interested in.

Merry - posted on 07/09/2011

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If your period is regular then you are fertile. I conceived my daughter while my son was nursing 8 times a day/night.
It does thin the lining but it doesn't necessarily mean you won't conceive.
Many moms nurse through pregnancies so obviously they conceived while nursing.
If your period is regular then I'd assume you will be able to conceive while breastfeeding.
Good luck!

Lauren - posted on 07/09/2011

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In my experience, some women's bodies seem more sensitive to nursing while TTC than others. I got pregnant at 14 months pp while nursing, and many of my friends got pregnant while still nursing. But I also know a few friends who simply couldn't become pregnant without completely weaning their toddlers. Do you have your period? Is it regular?

Lori - posted on 07/06/2011

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Check out what kellymom has to say about it.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/fertil...

I got pregnant when my daughter was 22 months old and was still nursing 3 to 4 times per day. My period had returned when she was 13 months old and we never used any " protection" since we knew we wanted another baby.

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