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Mon, 08-24-2009 - 1:58pm

So I remember Lorien saying a while ago that she had some EWCM, and I was wondering if that ever came to anything??

I had some EWCM the other day, and I'm wondering if AF is on her way back or if it's just normal cm during bfing.

For BTDT's when did you get AF after having a baby? Were you Bfing? Did anything change that could have caused AF to come back when it did?

I'm just trying to prepare my self for what to expect...

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Registered: 10-11-2005
In reply to: graceelou02
Mon, 08-24-2009 - 7:42pm

With Desmond AF returned after 7 and a half/almost 8 months. I did have EWCM before that point in time though. It was perfectly regular after that point, and I was still nursing him. It actually returned about the point in time when he started regularly eating solids once a day.

It still isn't back with Eloise at 5 1/2 months. I am hoping it won't appear for a couple more months, especially since I am tandem nursing at the moment, but I figure it will likely be back by Thanksgiving. I have had some EWCM already as well. She is still exclusively nursing, but will be starting solids next month though likely not too often.











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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 4:38am
I was wondering about that as well. I've started Teddy on solids and he has a little bit once a day, but so far not really decreased his milk feeds - so I guess once he breastfeeds less, the periods will return? He's at the moment still having 6 feeds a day, sometimes even more.
Another question - what is everyone doing for contraception? I've been offered a micropill by my GP, but reading the leaflet it says that some of the progestogen passes through the milk to the baby, and also it affects your fertility negatively (you have to wait a while when you come off it for your fertility to return). Both of which turned me off so we're just using condoms, which neither of us really likes. But I guess there's no other way, as without proper cycles you can't determine when contraception is needed and when it isn't...
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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 8:13am
I've complained about mine enough for eveyone to know it's back ;-)

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 8:59am

Anna, We're using abstinence combined with luck & prayer when the abstinence doesn't work ;) I was actually prescribed the mini-pill but couldn't remember to take it and wasn't completely comfortable using it. Honestly I feel very confident with the frequency that I Barrett is nursing that I should be okay until at least we start solids or he starts sleeping longer.

TCOYF lists specific criteria in order for breastfeeding to be sufficient birth control (no AF, baby <6 months, nursing every 4 hrs during the day, etc) Once those criteria are no longer met you can use fertility awareness with specific anovulatory rules but with that method any time you have a change in cm you have to consider yourself fertile. Sorry I haven't given the best explanation, but that's the general idea - I'll be happy to tell you more if you're interested.

I will probably just keep an eye out for ewcm but I don't think I'll temp until AF starts, if then. I really don't think I'll go back on hormonal birth control before we start trying (or at least not preventing) for #2.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 9:25am
Thanks for that Brita!
I'll have to dig out my copy of TCOYF and have a look. The times I get EWCM or creamy CM are pretty random, and as I've no periods I didn't think I could temp/use FAM yet. It's just so weird at the moment; I don't feel I'm completely safe from BF anymore as Teddy's now 6 months (even though he still feeds every 3 hours during daytime).
I was going to start the normal BC pill before we TTC #2, but at this rate I might only be on it for half a year, ao I'll have to see!
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Registered: 01-17-2007
In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 10:14am

I was EPing and I think AF came back when Ry was 7 or 8 months old (it's so weird that I can't remember even though it wasn't that long ago!)

I think I've had 3 AFs so far, but they've all been very light and only lasted a couple of days. I just started having EWCM this cycle, though, so I'm not really sure what's going on, haha.

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 11:32am
We're still mainly using abstinence, but when we do DTD we use condoms. I didn't want to go back on birth control after Desmond so I didn't and I have no intention of going back on after Eloise either. I will use NFP with condoms on unsafe days when my period returns, but for now we just use condoms. Which aren't my or DH's favorite thing to use, but I prefer it to hormonal birth control.










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Registered: 12-17-2007
In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 12:11pm

Hi! No AF here yet. I had another bout of EWCM, but I haven't kept track of when they were.

I also have just about zero sex drive. I swear it's gone down even more over the past three months :P I'd be curious to know if people's sex drives come back when AF does if they're still breastfeeding, or does it still take a while after that?

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In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 4:48pm
Mine came back about 2/3 months after AF while still BFing, but it didn't come back right with AF. I was a bit more in the mood when AF started visiting again, but it still took a few months before it was really up to speed.










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Registered: 01-02-2009
In reply to: graceelou02
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 4:59pm
Hi Grace, I never actually introduced myself to you before. I am Jacquedia (Jay) and I have two DD's. I am normally in the pregnancy thread. With my last DD I bf for 11 months. I didn't get my AF the entire time. Once I stopped it came back the next month. Hope this is helpful. I know some people still get it while bf but I didn't. I also went back to work after 3 months so I was pumping while at work and putting her on my breast when I came home.