over 40 TTC and breastfeeding???

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over 40 TTC and breastfeeding???
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Wed, 07-28-2010 - 4:04pm

I will be 41 in a couple of months and working on #3


anyone else bf and ttc in this age group?


I was bf'ing ds (he was 22mos) when I got pg with dd.


she is 11 mos - don't want to wait another 11!

ds Jan '07 dd Aug '09 and a surprise coming.....

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Registered: 10-23-2008
Sat, 08-21-2010 - 6:16pm

I'm 32ish weeks pregnant, and I was breastfeeding and conceived at 41, 42, and 42.


So conception isn't impossible for a nursing mom. Sure I was nursing a toddler, and I weaned her in April on her 4th birthday, because that's our tradition.

Andy, Gerard, Sarah, Merina and Emma call me Mama,


but you can call me


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Registered: 08-19-2010
Thu, 08-19-2010 - 2:42pm
My fertility returned when each of my children turned a bit over 3. I would ovulate and with each of those ovulation's (no cycles) I got pregnant. Of course it varies with each woman, I enjoyed having no cycles for so many years (from the time I was 24 until I hit age 40) since I was nursing or pregnant and used extended breastfeeding. Mine were frequent night nursers hence the lack of fertility up until the time they hit a bit over 3 years old. I continued nursing each one until my milk dwindled during pregnancy.
44- 5 children already- TTC number 6!
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 11:38am

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Registered: 12-14-2008
Tue, 08-03-2010 - 12:08am

Just thought I'd add to this thread, since I just got my CD3 tests back. All my numbers were great. Especially given that I am 44...but great regardless of age. Interestingly, my prolactin level was about as low as a non-nursing mama. Since DD is only nursing to bed and once for a minute or so in the middle of the night, I guess my prolactin is back to normal.

SO......guess I can't blame breastfeeding anymore. So I stand by my assertion that if your hormones are normal enough to cycle regularly, then they are normal enough to get pregnant.

Now.....my 44 year olds eggs are another matter altogether..........ah to be 41 again!


Dee -- Homeschooling mom of 6 -- Forty-four and praying for 1 more!


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Registered: 12-14-2008
Sun, 08-01-2010 - 3:17pm

Me, me, me! There are more of us old folks over on the "ttc while breastfeeding" board, too. ; )

You are still young.....I had babies at 40 and 42 while breastfeeding quite a lot. This time.......seems to be a horse of a different color. We've been trying since ppaf last October with nothing to show for it but an early loss in Feb. I don't think I can blame it on nursing though....just old eggs. Part of me wonders of the nursing combined with being 44 is my problem...but I think it's just my age, really. I mean.....if my hormones are such that I can get ppaf and cycle regularly.....I don't think it's b/f's fault I can't get pregnant now, kwim?

If you are cycling.....I would just keep doing what you're doing. If you want to cut a night nursing.....it can't hurt. But I wouldn't necessarily count on it helping.


Dee -- Homeschooling mom of 6 -- Forty-four and praying for 1 more!


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Registered: 04-07-2009
Sat, 07-31-2010 - 9:41am
Usually, if you are BFing and the baby is beyond six months of age (meaning no longer exclusively BFing) and your periods have returned, your chances of getting PG are pretty close to what they would be if you weren't BFing. If you have had trouble getting PG -- and clearly, you have not, lol! -- many REs would recommend that you stop just to give yourself the best chance. I would keep doing what you're doing. GL to you.

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Registered: 06-14-2006
Sat, 07-31-2010 - 7:59am

thanks my2girls :)


dd is not mad for the boobies...so maybe I will get pg quicker this time :)

ds Jan '07 dd Aug '09 and a surprise coming.....
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Registered: 03-05-2008
Fri, 07-30-2010 - 11:21pm
Hi there. I'm not usually active on this board, I just occasionally lurk, but I was in your situation about a year ago. I was BF our second daughter when I successfully (albeit, somewhat surprisingly!) got pregnant with our son. She was 18 mos old and what I think what triggered the return of my ovulating/monthly cycle was eliminating middle-of-the night feedings. Once I weaned our daughter of them, my cycle returned and I got pregnant. I was 41 when I got pregnant with our son (42 when I delivered him). If you've already eliminated mid-night feedings, maybe try spacing your daytime feedings with longer intervals in between. Good luck to you.

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Registered: 06-19-2008
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 7:30pm
Girl, I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YA!!

:-) Brandy, 42 yrs. old


Mom of a fifteen n month old precious little boy, conceived in Aug. 08 on our second IUI attempt (C

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Registered: 06-14-2006
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 3:36pm

I am cd1...27 day cycles


b50 complex, omega 3, prenatal, working out and protein shakes...trying to get back to pre preggo weight...long dang way to go! lol

ds Jan '07 dd Aug '09 and a surprise coming.....

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