Anyone gotten pregnant whilst breastfeeding??

Karen - posted on 09/17/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )




I've got a 10 month old daugher and we are still exclusively breastfeeding (about 5-6 feeds per day). My husband and I are hoping to start trying for another baby soon, but i'm not sure if i can get pregnant if i'm still breastfeeding her. I also haven't gotten my period back either so does that mean i'm not ovulating. I really want to keep feeding my daughter for 1+, but i would really like another baby too so she can have a sibling close to her age. Has anyone out there gotten pregnant while they are still breastfeeding?????


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Sarah - posted on 09/23/2010




Yes - twice. My periods did come back very early though about 14 weeks after Alex and 16 weeks after ben. This was despite exclusively breastfeeding 2 hourly day and night!!! I conceived Ben when Alex was 18 months first cycle of trying and conceived baby 3 (38.5 weeks pregnant) when Ben was 10 months old even though he was still excl bf at this age. Again 1st time.
I have never formula fed, have always bf through the night and both boys had a delayed start on to solids. So, yes it is possible.

Julienne - posted on 09/21/2010




My dtr was exclusively breastfed and I got my period back at 3 months and then we started trying for Baby 2 and succeeded at 6 months. Needless to say I am 30 weeks pregnant and have a 12 month old.

The first question everyone asks me is "so you formula fed did you?" and no EBF until solids at 6 months!!

Aicha - posted on 09/19/2010




yes I got pregnant when my daughter was 8 months old and we were exclusively breastfeeding 8/10 times a day , am still breastfeeding and now 20 weeks pregnant

Jennifer - posted on 09/17/2010




Sure, my period returned when my son was 11 months old and he was still breastfed quite frequently. I took my basal body temperature because my periods were quite irregular. I did get pregnant within a few months. I am currently 5 months pregnant and I am still breastfeeding my 18 month old son.

Andi - posted on 09/17/2010




I got pregnant when my daughter was 18 months old. She was still nursing 7-8 times a day at that point. I had not had a period since before I became pregnant with her, but you have to ovulate before you can have a period, so you could very well ovulate, conceive and not even get a period. My first two are 18 months apart almost to the day, and I wouldn't have it any other way! This one will be just over 2 years younger than my daughter when it gets here. Oh, and my daughter is still nursing by the way. She wasn't too thrilled with the taste of the milk in the beginning because of the hormones, but she kept going. Now that I am only producing colostrum, she is not too happy with me, and does not nurse nearly as often, but she still nurses. I have a feeling we will be tandem nursing soon!

Cheryl Stinson - posted on 09/17/2010




One of my best friends got pregnant while breastfeeding. She is due in January with this child. her doc told her that her 1yr old would wean himself from bf because her milk would change in preparation for the new baby and he pretty much has as of the present. She had never got her period back either. But you are still ovulating even though you have not got your period back and you can get pregnant! I have been bf for 4 months now and have not got my period back yet either.

Jodi - posted on 09/17/2010




My daughter was 14 months when my husband and I concieved twins. She's 18 months now. If you're getting a regular period you are most likely ovulating and able to get pregnant. BUT, just because you're not getting a period does not mean you're not ovulating! Lots of women get pregnant before they ever get a period, it's common to ovulate before your period. Best of luck!

Ashleigh - posted on 09/17/2010




I've done it three times.Just because you haven't gotten your period back doesn't mean you aren't ovulating.You may noyt be,but you could be.You can go ahead and start trying...get an ovulation kit,and start having fun=D

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