breastfeeding and ovulation

Aimee - posted on 09/17/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 months old. I haven't had a period since I had her. I am wondering how likely it is that I am ovulating. I want to have another baby soon, so I need to know how to induce ovulation or tell if oi am already ovulating.

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Denikka - posted on 09/19/2013

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Breastfeeding, if done exclusively and on demand, can prevent ovulation. But it is only classified as *effective birth control* for the first 6 months IF your period has not returned.
This is the method my partner and I used to space our kids (we have 3 of them). They are 22 months and 30 months apart. I also breastfed for 12 months (with my first) and 14 months (with my second).

I would suggest getting a home ovulation kit if you want to know.

Lori - posted on 09/18/2013

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Brittany Knuth - posted 6 hours ago


I think breast feeding can put a halt on ovulating. Sometime you can start by decreasing ur amount of breastfeeding like not doing it at night time. hope it helps.

Lori - posted on 09/18/2013

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KellyMom also has a great article on the return of fertility in a breastfeeding mom. It starts off with using breastfeeding to help prevent pregnancy... but the informations is good whether you are trying to GET pregnant, or trying to AVOID getting pregnant. And at the bottom it talks about getting pregnant again while nursing.

http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/fertility/

Hannah - posted on 09/18/2013

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Often times the first period post partum is anovulatory ( ie: you don't ovulate). However it is not unheard of to get pregnant prior to your first post partum period. There are several ways to know if you are ovulating. You can chart your basal body temperature. You need a bbt thermometer, they measure to a 100th of a degree...they cost like $5. You are supposed to take your temperature around the same time every morning before you open your mouth to get the most accurate reading. If you do this every day, and you are indeed ovulating, you will notice a spike in temperature, this indicates ovulation. This method is of course more appropriate if your cycle has returned. I would recommend keeping an eye on your cervical mucous. It's gross but it works. Simply swipe your fingers inside your vagina once a day and check the consistency of the mucous. If you are getting clear to cream colored mucous that you can stretch between the two fingers, this is ovulatory mucous. If you have the money, there are fertility monitors that you place a small electrode thing inside your vagina and it will read the mucous temp and hormones for you. Hope this helps and sending some baby dust your way!

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