bfing and no ovulation

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Registered: 08-05-2007
bfing and no ovulation
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Thu, 06-07-2007 - 10:14am

I have cut down to bfing no more than once a day and sometimes we skip a day, but more often he cries and wants more than once a day. So far I have distracted him and kept it at no more than once a day.

Can this much keep me from ovulating? I got pregnant with last 2 while bfing and I haven't ovulated in at least three months. I had afs the 4 months before. I'm so discouraged. I did get cm this month when I got none last month. I had two days of "This is it! This has to be it!" and the temps never went up so I'm really discouraged. I have a cbefm on the way as all the bd is making dh and I resent it. But I don't know if cbefm will help as it says you have to have cycles between 20 and 41 days.

I'm 40 and is this it?

Erin

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Registered: 09-01-2006
Thu, 06-07-2007 - 12:13pm

Hi Erin,


I'm sorry you are discouraged.


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Registered: 08-05-2007
Thu, 06-07-2007 - 3:44pm

Yes I'm taking vitex(fertilitea) but have been only taking for one month and I read it can take 3 months. I take a B Complex which has 2 mg of B6. I have had cm this month for the first time which is encouraging. I see a midwife instead of an OBGyn so I don't know how much she can prescribe or what. But, I'm due for my yearly so I will bring up there.

Thanks for the input. I will try those sites.

Erin

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Thu, 06-14-2007 - 7:56am

I have not ovulated or been visited by AF since I conceived dd in September 2004. I think this is due to a mixture of intensive bf on demand and too much competitive sport.

DD has just turned two and I have just weaned her and stopped competitive sport. The decision to wean was very hard, both emotionally and physically. My body did not want to stop producing and after 2 weeks of agony, I have had to give in against my principles and take a pill to stop milk production.

I hope this will encourage my body to start ovulating again. Otherwise I, too, will wonder if it is simply my age (42...)

I hope you manage to ovulate without stopping bf and that my story is the exception rather than the rule!

Torielle

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Registered: 08-05-2007
Thu, 06-14-2007 - 4:25pm

I have pretty much weaned. I go to dr. on Monday. I'm still making milk, though. I really think my body is trying to ovulate. First month of no af there was no cm. 2nd month I'm making cm--watery EVERY day. And opk's are darker than the control line. I just think I'm too low in whatever hormone(estrogen?) to push me over the edge to ovulate. The bd eod is getting old, although today I was somewhat in the mood rather than "just give me a deposit please" :) Maybe that's a sign! Anyway dh is going to boyscout camp this weekend so maybe that will get me to o. Sorry after 3 months I'm a little cynical.

I'm just nervous about dr and what they will say. I'm hoping it's not too invasive as I'm a low tech, no drugs(esp. for preg and birth) and so I'm wary, I guess. Only one way to find out.

What drug dries up milk? I know my mom took one after I was born. I got pregnant the last 2 times and bf until 4 months along so this is new to me.

I, too, had very mixed emotions about weaning. Maybe he's my last? However, I have found a perk. My boys(and I've had 3 and one dd) would never sit in my lap without nursing; no matter trying everything. They would nurse if there was no milk! So I have really enjoyed all the story reading, finger plays, singing songs and the best of all-- having him lay in my arms and snuggling!!

So I guess it's not all bad. However, if I'm blessed with another baby I plan to nurse hopefully right through menopause. My friend is 49 and nursing a 4 yo. BTW she had last 2 babies in her 40s.

Blessings Torielle.

Erin

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Registered: 12-24-2006
Sat, 06-16-2007 - 8:12am

Your message is full of interesting information for me!

My doctor measured my oestrogen levels and said they were too low and this is what was preventing me from ovulation. Everything else is in order according to him. He said the prolactin from the milk production and too much physical effort was preventing oestrogen production. Unless he had told me this i would not have stopped bf dd, since it suited both of us.

I am very encouraged by the fact that your friend had a baby at 45. If I have a second baby i will bf as long as s/he wants.

Bd is becoming a chore for us too. I am worried too that the next time i ovulate will be in July when dh goes away for a week.

My milk just wouldnt stop alone and I was having to let some off every night because of the pain, since else I couldnt sleep. The pill I took had the effect of deflating my breasts as though I had stuck a needle into a balloon, but the pain is still there. i guess that after 2 years of being big and useful, they have to get used to being little and useless again!

You are right, the lovely moments continue even without the bf, so I am trying not to feel too glum. I expect the hormone changes have something to answer for.

I think my next step will be to take progesterone pills in a couple of weeks to get AF back on the scene...

Good luck and I hope o happens after the week-end!

Torielle