AF returning?

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Registered: 06-22-2008
AF returning?
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Sat, 11-24-2012 - 9:29am

Hello, I am EPing for DD who is almost 5 months now. I pump about 4 times a day now and get about 33 ozs. I started as an extremely low volume pumper so this is a lot for me to pump =p however I have yet to have AF visit still. I was wondering when people commonly saw AF return? I want to keep pumping till around July when dd turns 1, but we also want to start talking about TTC the January after that and are slightly worried AF may still not be regular by then. (about 5 months after stopping) had anyone ep'd before and had experience with AF coming back after? Thanks! 

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Registered: 09-05-2012
In reply to: cheyfri
Sat, 12-01-2012 - 10:16am
I have been eping since day one, af came around 7 months for me. I had noticed a decline in the amount I was pumping, but I had recently dropped to 3 pumps. My supply never went back to what it was. Don't know if it is due to only pumping three times or af. Hope this helps a little. Good luck!
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Registered: 10-24-2008
In reply to: cheyfri
Fri, 12-07-2012 - 2:44pm

I have pumped for all 3 of my kiddos, and my experience was that AF returned not after a specific time, but when my milk supply dropped below a certain level (about 25 ounces for me).  This happened at around 11 months with my first, and 9 months with my second and third (I didn't do quite as well with the younger ones at keeping up a supply in "excess" of their needs, due to simply being busier).  And all 3 times I actually got pregnant the cycle after AF returned (though unfortunately we lost the 4th little baby this summer).  I know this really varies from woman to woman though - some get AF back no matter how much they pump, and some have to wean completely to get it back.  And some actually become fertile again, though they do not get AF (I'm pretty sure that is not the case for me, based on the previous pattern).  I also know that some women have no problem pumping or nursing through pregnancy, but I was not able to.  In fact, my milk supply dropping from 25 ounces to less than three literally overnight was always my first pregnancy indicator.  Made weaning pretty easy - I just stopped pumping, and never had any engorgement at all - my milk was just gone.  So I was able to feed my 1st BM for a year, but had to wean the other two at 10 months.