Does anyone feel they are not getting pregnant again because of breastfeeding?

Kristin - posted on 10/22/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a 2.5 yr old and we both love breastfeeding! I had to work very hard to get her to be able to nurse during her first 3 months of life, so I appreciate it even more, for all of the wonderful reasons and benefits.

However, I can't seem to get pregnant again. She still nurses a few times a day. I finally night-weaned her at about 26 months. Then about 6 weeks ago I really started limiting it to "4" times a day...waking, going down for nap, waking from nap, and going to bed. And occasionally if she really hurts herself. We even skip one of these feedings sometimes...but, the 'morning waking' feed actually includes quite a bit of nursing...switching sides several times...maybe going back to sleep for a bit, then nursing again...because I'm not ready to get out of bed yet!

Anyway, I was just curious if anyone else has had any similar issues or any insight....

Thanks!
Kristin

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Jodi - posted on 10/22/2010

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I just want to point out...you do not have to have your period to be ovulating. It is actually normal to ovulate once or twice before getting your first period and it's not unheard of for women to be ovulating without getting their period for some time...your body just absorbs the egg.
It took me about 7 months to get pregnant while breastfeeding...and I must warn you (wish someone would have warned me) you're actually at a higher risk of hyperovulating (releasing more than one egg at the time of your ovulation) while breastfeeding than not...resulting in a twin pregnancy...I'm expecting my twins in February! Lots of women get pregnant while breastfeeding, it's just harder so take your time and don't stress out as stress makes it even more difficult to get pregnant! Best of luck!

Brittany - posted on 10/22/2010

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Quitting breastfeeding doesn't guarantee that you will become pregnant easily either. It can take time either way. The worst thing you can do is to give up breastfeeding only to find out that it's still taking time to get pregnant and then you regret quitting. You are doing wonderfully with your daughter now and she obviously loves that special bonding time, along with the great health benefits you are giving her! I would say just keep trying and keep breastfeeding and it will happen at just the right time!

Good luck and baby dust! =)

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I know I'm not in the same boat as you because I still have a newborn. Reading your post brought back a flood of emotions of what it was like TTC. The ONE time I wasn't thinking about conceiving... I promised myself I'd never put myself through that again, but as my DB is much older than me I caught myself researching fertility and BFing even before my DD was born! I am so in love with her and so wish to be pregnant again, but the day will come when our DDs do not want to nestle up to us like they do now. If you do choose to do both, enjoy both and don't let one make the other less enjoyable! Stress is definitely another factor in fertility. If you are interested, you may want to check out the TTC forums at tcoyf.com. There are other BFing TTC mothers on there, too. Best of luck to you!

Keara - posted on 10/22/2010

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when you are nursing your body makes certain chemicals that actually work like birth control and thats why a lot of women don't get pregnant while nursing... its not impossible but it does make it harder. Also, I don't know if it happened to anyone else but when I was trying to get pregnant it was like it wasn't working an then when I stopped trying, stopped worrying about it, it just kinda happened... so my suggestion would be either to stop nursing or stop worrying about it.... whats meant to be will be!! good luck!

Michele - posted on 10/22/2010

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P.S. I got pregnant a few times while nursing. Always loosing it, unfortunately. I did get my period back at 5 months.

Michele - posted on 10/22/2010

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Got pregnant easily at 6 months post delivery and was nursing exclusively at that point. I had another worry. I had several miscarriages in a row and wondered if some how nursing was causing it. It's NOT supposed to as the body has mechanisms to prevent that. I later learned that it was not the reason. I stopped nursing eventually and still had the m/c. It could be causing you difficulty. Have your prolactin levels checked. The levels go up just after nursing so ask the doctor when would be the best time to get the test.

Rachel - posted on 10/22/2010

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it all depends on if you have gotten your period back... if you havn't gotten it back yet then you likely will have to stop feeding... I have a 19 month old and although he was exclusively feed till past 9 months i was one of the "lucky" ones who by the time he was 3 months I had my full period ... not too happy with that :P aparently I am made for making babies

TeBeth - posted on 10/22/2010

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i would reccomend to quit breastfeeding your child. its not unlikely or unheard of, but you can still get pregnant while breastfeeding. but u of course have to have your period. if you havent, i say stop feeding her and wait for your period to come back. i went thru this and it takes close to 6 months of having a period and stopped breastfeeding for your body t get back in its normal mode. as long as your breastfeeding its like birth control.

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