Charting while breastfeeding?

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Charting while breastfeeding?
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Tue, 08-23-2011 - 7:16pm

Hi all (and Sue!)!

I'm currently breastfeeding, but I refuse to go on any type of chemical birth control. And while I would be ok with getting pg right now, I'm taking domperidone to keep my milk supply up, and it can cause birth defects. So, until I go off of it in December, I need to be careful. Charting seems to be the best way to keep up with things. It's not like we DTD all that often, but I don't want to be worrying about it, you know?

DS will be a year old in just a couple weeks, so I want to stop counting on breastfeeding as my birth control method. We also co-sleep, so I get woken up a couple times a night, but not for long, and never all the way (unless DS gets stuck trying to do a headstand...). Will temps be accurate, or do I just need to keep an eye on CM?

Notes about my pre-baby cycle: 30 days, O'd generally day 16-17. Temps always showed a clear shift, and I would get EWCM two days before O every cycle. I can't quite get the hang of cervical position, so I never worried about that.

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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 4:30pm
Temps would probably not be as accurate as charting your CM, it would probably help though to do both. I'm sure that Sue will have more insight for you :)

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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 3:31pm

What?


Sue
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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 3:58pm
Yep, I'm one of those lucky ones. And I've done everything "wrong." Peter got bottles early on (I EPed the first month). He's gotten formula some due to supply issues. I went back to work at 8 weeks. But yet, here I am. :)

I'll definitely keep an eye on CM. That seems to be a much easier way than temping right now.

And I might just hang out over here some. I like charts. They make sense to me. :)
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Sun, 08-28-2011 - 10:24am

You're welcome to hang out here...the more the merrier :-)


Sue
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Sun, 08-28-2011 - 11:19am
You know, I think the only thing that has kept the hag away is the fact that it's an 8-5 job and I still pump 4x (so every 2.5 hours). I really hate that machine now. :)

I would love to get to the point that I'm that aware of what's going on with my body. That's awesome!
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 5:31pm

Wow, that's some dedicated pumping.


Sue
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Wed, 08-31-2011 - 6:28pm
I have a private office, so I just shut my door and keep working. I always wonder if people can hear it through the phone when I'm troubleshooting issues.

My goal is to start weaning down from it after Peter's birthday next week. I'll be done completely in December since we get the week off after Christmas. That will mean I've pumped for 15 months, which is plenty. Then the plan is to just let him self-wean whenever. :)

I can't believe they wouldn't give you breaks! I have to give DH credit; he's a nurse, so he covers patients while co-workers pump because he realizes how important it is after I dealt with supply issues.
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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 3:51pm
Yay for your dh! It's always nice when a man "gets it" :-) I tried to get the hospital to back me on providing breaks, because they're supposedly breastfeeding friendly (provide pumps and a pumping room for employees, for instance) but all they would say is "We've provided this, that's all you get." Thank a lot folks! In order to use the pumping room (inconvenient...in another building from my location!) I'd still need those breaks. I actually had co-workers walk thru despite window blinds being drawn and doors closed with signs on them. Hazards of locked doors that everyone can access with the swipe of a card, I guess. Plus then, how was I supposed to double pump and write at the same time? And what about my letdown when I got an emergency call and that adrenaline rush? I guess cuz guys only need one hand when they pump, they couldn't wrap their brains around the needs of a woman. You can't tell it's a wee bit of a sore spot with me still, after nearly 10 years, can you? LOL ;-)


Sue
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Thu, 09-01-2011 - 3:59pm
vegiemama wrote:
I guess cuz guys only need one hand when they pump, they couldn't wrap their brains around the needs of a woman.


This may very well be one of the funniest things I've read in awhile! You hit the nail on the head! :)

I can understand why it's a sore spot for you. I can't believe the hospital wouldn't work with you more if they were truly breastfeeding friendly. What good is providing pumps if you can't get a break to use it? Crazy.

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