I just have to ask again

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Registered: 04-05-2010
I just have to ask again
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Thu, 10-28-2010 - 6:22pm

I know that research does not show a link between BF and miscarriage. But I miscarried again and I just can't stop wondering if maybe I'm the sort of person who can't BF and sustain a pregnancy at the same time. What do you guys think?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 6:53pm

{{hugs}} I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby!

They do say there is no connection - but I do believe that for some there might be a connection. However, so many babies are lost without any tangible reason - something like 50% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage - that it doesn't have to mean it's due to the BFing.

I know I have talked to several women over the years who felt that it was the BFing causing their multiple losses, who weaned their older child, only to continue to miscarry. This caused them a great deal of regret - to take away something important to both them and their child and still have no success.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 6:56pm

Found this - hope it helps:

Breast feeding cam profoundly affect hormone levels and this can lead to miscarriage from low estrogen and progesterone levels, even if a woman is ovulating. Whoever told you there is no evidence that breastfeeding can cause miscarriages is completely wrong. Some younger women can "get away" with breast feeding and a concurrent pregnancy, but many older ones cannot. For optimal hormonal support and nutrition for a new pregnancy, it is better if the last baby is weaned before attempting the new pregnancy.

There is much variation among different women's hormone levels during breastfeeding. For an individual woman, there also can be a big difference between early, exclusive breastfeeding with frequent night and day feedings, versus late breastfeeding with additional foods and sleeping through the night. So a few women are able to sustain a pregnancy early in breastfeeding, and more can do it later in breastfeeding, but many, especially in the 30's and older, cannot.

If you have had two miscarriages (with or without breastfeeding) you need a workup for treatable causes of miscarriage. This would include thyroid, luteal phase estrogen and progesterone levels, tests for ureaplasma and mycoplasma infection, tests for thrombophilias (antibodies which cause miscarriages) and a workup for glucose intolerance/insulin levels.

It is fine if you want to breastfeed your baby for a long time, but you should not assume that you will be able to achieve adequate hormone levels to sustain a new pregnancy at the same time. You probably need to make a realistic choice between continuing to breastfeed and avoiding pregnancy, or weaning to have the best chance for having a successful new pregnancy.

Mary L. Davenport, M.D.

Source: http://www.canfp.org/artman/publish/article_766.shtml

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 7:36pm

I am so sorry about your m/c.

 


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Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 8:07pm

There is so little evidence to determine what might have caused a miscarriage.

My early miscarriage (my third pregnancy) was attributed to a fairly comment chromosome problem.

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Registered: 09-27-2010
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 3:27am
genniemom wrote:

I know that research does not show a link between BF and miscarriage. But I miscarried again and I just can't stop wondering if maybe I'm the sort of person who can't BF and sustain a pregnancy at the same time. What do you guys think?

Firstly I want to say I am deeply sorry for your losses.
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Registered: 04-05-2010
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 9:03am

Thanks so much again ladies. I don't know why I need constant reassurance, but I just start doubting myself in situations like these. I'm glad to have all of the information provided, but I can't get all of the tests done because my insurance won't cover it, and I don't have any money. My plan is (and always has been) to continue BF. The debate is whether I should even try to get pregnant again until Brody is weaned. He recently started nursing more and more and my plan is to ride this wave until he realizes I'm not going to take it away and cuts himself down again. I have an appointment with my OB today and I'm hoping she'll test my thyroid levels, just in case. Low thyroid runs in my family and in my blood type.

Just in case it helps anyone with their advice:

I'm 23. I have had three m/cs and one healthy pregnancy. My first m/c was at 6 weeks and came before Brody. I got pregnant three months later and had a healthy pregnancy. I practice NFP so I have never had any hormonal birth control. My second m/c was in July of this year at almost 10 weeks. The baby was measuring 8 weeks. I got pregnant again in September on my first ovulation after that miscarriage and miscarried again two days ago. I think I was probably about 7 weeks. With this latest pregnancy, I took preventive measures and got hcg levels taken early on. They took them two days apart and the number did get larger, but only barely. They told me to expect a m/c and scheduled an ultrasound. At the ultrasound the baby was measuring 5 weeks, no heartbeat yet, but I hadn't miscarried yet. They scheduled another ultrasound for two weeks later and sent me home. My appointment would have been today, but I miscarried before the appointment and cancelled the ultrasound. I go in today to see my doctor, who for the record I have not seen or heard from since my preconception appointment last April. The only communication I've had with her has been her refusing to test my progesterone levels and not explaining why. I'm hoping to get some advice today and to give her some constructive criticism on her bedside manner.

Thanks again everyone for listening. I really appreciate all of the information.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2006
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 12:44pm

Hi Geneva.

--Wendy
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Registered: 06-16-2010
In reply to: genniemom
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 4:05pm

:smileysad:

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you find the answers you're looking for.

Kevali


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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-16-2010
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 4:06pm
I'm sorry for your loss too Wendy. (((HUG)))

Kevali


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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2006
Fri, 10-29-2010 - 5:05pm

Geneva, I just wanted to take the opportunity to invite you to join another board on ivillage called TTC After Miscarriage (http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/TTC-After-Miscarriage/ct-p/iv-ppttcmiss).

--Wendy

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