So I am frustrated. Still no cycles yet!!
I sympathize with your impatience. I had 284 negative opk's waiting for ppaf last summer. I finally got it at 17 months, pp, but I've averaged 15-24 months.
I know it's hard waiting, but I just had to comment on this:
While it is true that there are women (rare) that don't get ppaf until weaning.....NO doctor can tell you that you are one of them!!!! Ugh!!! This burns my butt. If you want to wean, then that's your decision......but I would hate for anyone to wean a child based on their doctor's assumptions. I've seen many women wean and then be shocked not to get af for many more months, also.
So follow your heart...not your doctor's lame opinion. And there are ways to maximize your chances while still nursing. There's a breastfeeding fact sheet somewhere....anyone?
I know night nursing can affect prolactin more than day nursings.....that's just one area you can cut back to help....and not wean. There's lots of other stuff you can try first, too.
Good luck to you, hon! I am passionate about this particular topic......and I'm one of the worst at being patient at waiting for ppaf, believe me!
Dee -- Homeschooling mom of 6 -- Forty-four and praying for 1 more!
Thank you for this inspiring post! I don't know if you recognize me from a few months ago, but I haven't posted here for awhile.
I am BFing a 24 mo, and have been TTC since April. I didn't have a PPAF on my own, but did have one after a cycle of BCPs. My doctor thought it would jumpstart my cycles, but based on my chart, I am annovulatory.
I have been trying to wean DD because my doctor told me the same thing - that I probably can't O until I am done BFing... But it has been terrible. I would rather have DD lead the weaning. I nurse her to sleep, and it is such a special time for us - it tears me up to think of it.
I am going to ask for advice here to see if I can continue BFing and still get PG.
I second what Dee said. Most women have cycles and full fertility return if they nurse long enough. In countries where the norm is to wean at 6 months or 1 year, no one seems to know this. It can also take several months after weaning for full fertility to return.
Keep in mind that cycles return for every woman at a different time, and the average is something like 16 months. The later your cycles return, the more likely you will just jump right into full fertility, and also ovulate before ppaf. So, keep an eye out for that first eggie. Using cheap opk's from the internet is probably the best thing to be doing to watch out for it. We have just had a couple of women catch the first egg. It can and does happen, with very little warning.
The b complex will help. Specifically, b6 helps lower prolactin a bit and can help throw your body into gear. You can also add a calcium/magnesium supplement (there's never usually enough of these in prenatals) and some omega fatty acids, basically telling your body, look I've got enough of everything, it's ok to have another baby.
Good luck and I hope things kick in soon. I'm sorry it's so frustrating.