need advice on breastfeeding and geting pregnant again..

Tarsha - posted on 09/05/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I need some advice on getting pregnant again please....so bubs is 14months old starting trying again when he was 11months old. I still breastfeed him about 4 times durning day and at night as well, havent had my peroid at all since birth. About 2 weeks ago i notice a slight bleed it lasted 2 days, could that be an implant bleed or just my first period??? i havent felt like i was pregnant...also if i don't have a period does that mean i'm not fertile at the moment? so im wondering how long it took to get pregnant while breastfeeding..and if u think that i have an implant bleed or was it a period? thankyou in advice for any comments or info or advice :)

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Cassie - posted on 09/05/2010

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I got pregnant with Emma when just before Kiera turned 1. I had my first period when Kiera was 11 months old then was pregnant the following month. I continued breastfeeding Kiera until she was 16 months and am now breastfeeding Emma who is 2 months old.

It is very possible to both get pregnant while breastfeeding and supply all the nutrition for your nursing baby/toddler and your growing baby during pregnancy.

Jennifer - posted on 09/05/2010

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i don't have experience trying to get pregnant while breastfeeding, but i do know that after the first 6 months, it is very possible. here is some info i found for you...
http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/fertility....

you'll have an easier time trying to conceive once your periods start returning to normal (by normal, i mean following a pattern), and you deifnitely don't need to wean in order for this to happen, you just may need more time.

definitely don't let anyone telly you that you can't breastfeed while pregnant! nutritionally, it will be harder work but as long as you are eating a balanced diet and getting enough calories, you will be fine! your nursling and the fetus will get everything they need no matter what, but if you aren't eating healthy enough, your body will take the nutrients it needs to support both babes from your stores and your body will suffer.

even if your milk dries up in the 2nd trimester, your nursling may continue to "dry nurse." some babes will continue to nurse even when your milk changes into colostrum, some wean themselves then want to start nursing again when they see you nursing your new babe. there is a book i believe called "adventures in tandem nursing" that i've heard is quite helpful.

also, i'd recommend posting this in "breastfeeding moms" here on CoM, there are a quite few women with tandem nursing/nursing while pregnant experience, so they can help you more...
http://www.circleofmoms.com/breastfeedin...

Dana - posted on 09/05/2010

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I got pregnant while nursing, it's not uncommon. I would imagine though that if you're not having a period yet then you're not ovulating. When I did get pregnant I was having my period. I would make an appointment with your doctor and talk it over or wait another 2 wks and see if it is your period returning. Any answers you get on here are all going to be speculation. Each person is different and only your doctor can give you definite answers.

Kelina - posted on 09/05/2010

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In most women breastfeeding suppresses ovulation though how long it will suppress it for is different in all women. If you haven't had a period yet, chances are you're not ovulating, but if you has a little bleeding it could be a sign that your period is going to start soon. When my son started eating solids 3 times a day and stopped nursing at night was when my period came back. Give it a couple of weeks and then see if your period comes, or try a pregnancy test! If neither happens, talk to your doctor or jsut give it time. When your body is ready it will happen!

Rachel - posted on 09/05/2010

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My sister-in-law got pregnant with her 2nd and 3rd child both while nursing and then shortly after her milk dried up. So it's definitely possible and even though you haven't had a period your body is still fertile and you can get pregnant again while nursing.

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Angie - posted on 09/07/2010

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90% women ar not able to get pregant while breastfeeding. Even with you only feeding him 4 times a day that will stop the ovalulation. So my advice is if you are wanting to get pregant you will need to slowly stop the breastfeeding and then have at least one good period. Then start back trying. Good Luck. I hope this helps.

Dana - posted on 09/06/2010

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Wow, I would have thought that an older child nursing wouldn't be that stressful on the body since they're not getting the bulk of their nutrition through breastfeeding.

Sarah - posted on 09/06/2010

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Hi Dana,
My daughter is 28 months old.

Jennifer, I definitely agree that the human body is so amazing! I would love to hear your spin on things (the benefits of tandem nursing) because I am not at all closed-minded to the issue. My instincts and research have just led me in a different direction, but I am always open to new information and hearing the opinions & experiences of others.

Jennifer - posted on 09/06/2010

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Sarah Atcheson-Achter, you are right, i did fail to mention folic acid which can only be gotten from mom's diet. that being said, as long as mom is eating healthily enough to support all three involved, it is possible for none of them to suffer. i did not mean to imply that it should be taken lightly, i suppose my point was to highlight that the human body is an amazing thing, and that there are great benefits to tandem nursing.

QADIRAH - posted on 09/06/2010

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I BEEN BREASTFEEDING SINCE 8/2008 UNTIL PRESENT. BUT I THINK U CAN GET PREGNANT FASTER WHEN BREASTFEEDIN. ALSO MAYBE UR CYCLE IS CHANGING. AND SOMETIMES I EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENCE IN MY MENTRAUL

Sarah - posted on 09/06/2010

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In response to the comment, "as long as you are eating a balanced diet and getting enough calories, you will be fine! your nursling and the fetus will get everything they need no matter what," I have to strongly disagree. I am a nutritionist and the advice I offered on this subject is not only based on my professional opinion and practical experience, but is also backed by my doctor. It is not uncommon for pregnant and breastfeeding women (as well as breastfeeding babies) to require additional nutritional support, and is often the case even when mom is only being relied upon by one baby, let alone two. Undernourishment in both moms and babies (which does exist, I assure you - even where the diet would seem adequate) is very much a concern because the effects can be serious, such as we have seen in cases of women conceiving and carrying babies while deficient in folic acid. Your breastfeeding baby would likely be the last to suffer nutritionally in this sort of triangle. The nutritional wellbeing of the other two of you would be much more of a concern and challenge...obviously not impossible; though, perhaps unideal. Anyway, I'm definitely not saying it isn't possible to conceive while breastfeeding, I just suggested that it may not be the best decision for the nutritional health of each person involved. I have contemplated doing this very same thing myself because I would like to have another baby as well, but am still breastfeeding my first. After much thought and having consulted other healthcare professionals about this as well, I have decided to wait until my daughter is completely weaned before trying to have a second baby even though I am in great physical health and have a very high-quality diet and healthier lifestyle than most. In my quest for information on this subject, I also learned that depending on your body, and the demands of your nursing baby, your body may not be triggered to produce the colostrum for your newborn that you would normally produce while nursing a newborn exclusively...so something else to consider, as we know how important colostrum is.
Best of luck with your decision. If you decide to go ahead and take on this big job, you would be wise to seek personalized nutritional advice, and make sure you are supplementing some key nutrients with quality products, as well as sticking to a very high-quality, clean diet. I am definitely not here to judge others in their decision to go ahead with conception during breastfeeding. If you decide to do so, I wish you all the best! :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/05/2010

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yup, not all babes will do it but some will. i guess it probably has to do with how attached to nursing they are...if nursing still provides tons of comfort, and they aren't ready to wean, they'll dry nurse and usually continue to nurse once the colostrum comes in.

i think its pretty cool stuff. tandem nursing can be extremely beneficial to the older child because it can seriously help with sibling rivalry. the older child doesn't feel left out, or forgotten about and usually creates a very close bond between the 2 children. very sweet, in my opinion.

Dana - posted on 09/05/2010

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Wow, dry nursing seems a little crazy. You're saying that babies just use you as a pacifier then?

Sarah - posted on 09/05/2010

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From a nutritional perspective, it is very difficult to provide proper nourishment to both your nursing baby, and a growing fetus, not to mention hard on your body. It may be very difficult for you to get pregnant or maintain a pregnancy while nursing. Nature's way of making sure that each baby gets enough nourishment from mom, and doesn't have to share. :)

Michelle - posted on 09/05/2010

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While breastfeedin ur body produces hormones that supress ovulation so if u want 2 get pregnant again then wean ur little 1 on2 a toddler follow on milk which is a sweet taste and good 4 them, apparently breast milk is sweet as well so it shouldn't take him long 2 adjust and then get ur cycle back 2 normal so u can have another 1. Its not that ur not fertile its that ur body is concentrating on breastfeedin rather than pregnancy and although there is a chance of getting pregnant, its reduced so good luck and hope this helps x

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