Trying to Chart Ovulation While BF

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Registered: 06-20-2008
Trying to Chart Ovulation While BF
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Mon, 12-22-2008 - 1:20am

Does anyone have any advice for trying to figure out ovulation while breastfeeding? My baby is almost three months old and I haven't had a period. That is a good thing so far, but we want to start trying for another baby in February. I had considered buying those over the counter ovulation predictors (did that with this one along with a calendar), but since I haven't had a period, I'd have to buy a ton of them. Any advice or referral to a resource would be appreciated.


Thanks,


Melanie

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Wed, 12-24-2008 - 3:41pm

IMO, the most helpful way to know if you're possibly fertile is by observing your cm.

Fall,Snowman
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Sun, 01-04-2009 - 8:17pm
Ovulation usually returns when baby is around 14 months old. You could be waiting for quite some time. Here's the link to the TTC and Breastfeeding board.
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/iv-ppttcbf


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Sun, 01-04-2009 - 8:34pm

Thanks for the info....I'll check it out.


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Sun, 01-04-2009 - 8:41pm

Actually, when ovulation resumes

Fall,Snowman
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Sun, 01-04-2009 - 9:41pm
Of course it varies. I said ovulation usually returns around 14 months. The average for breastfeeding mothers IS 14 months. That doesn't mean that every woman starts ovulating at exactly 14 months. It can happen at 6 weeks or 24 months in some women.


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Sat, 01-10-2009 - 5:48pm

Hey Melanie, I thought I'd chime in on this one since I'm exclusively BFing and my cycles have just recently returned. I've had two AF's, and my little girl is about 9 months old. At this point, the OPK's are likely just a waste of money. The younger the baby is, the less likely it is you will ovulate before your first AF. As the baby gets older, the chance of ovulating prior to your first period is higher.

I second Sue's advice to observe CM and other signs of ovulation (cervical changes, tender breasts, sore nipples, etc). Any time you have fertile-quality CM present, you could sneak in a little BDing and you just might catch an O prior to your first cycle. I had *very* tender nipples about a week before my first PP AF, so I suspect I did ovulate prior to my first AF, but I don't know because I was not temping at that time. My first cycle was very long. I O'd around CD 40, and had a short LP (9 days, I think). I'm around CD 18-ish on my second cycle and I'm showing signs of O now, but who knows when it'll pop for me? :o) Baby has a few small bites of solid foods throughout the day, but other than that I am still exclusively BFing, with no bottles or pacifiers.

If you are exclusively BFing, at least every 3 hours throughout the day and once or twice at night, then it is very unlikely your cycles will return before 6 months. If baby is sleeping through the night, or you are using bottles (even with pumped milk), pacifiers, or solid foods, AF is more likely to return sooner. Having said that, there really is no way to know when AF will return for you. Some women don't get AF until they wean completely. Some get AF at 4 or 5 weeks PP, even though they BF around the clock and follow all the "ecological breastfeeding" rules.

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Sat, 01-10-2009 - 7:30pm

Susan-


Thanks so much for taking the time to respond and explain things...I really appreciate it. I just went back to work and have been pumping so that my husband can feed her during the day (he's staying home with her for a month). From what you said and the things I have read, it sound like things will happen when they happen ;0.