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Absent AF, screwed up ovulation, luteal phase defects? Sign in for the all new ttc while breastfeeding thread! BFPs guaranteed!

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MrsHuxtable Wed 20-Feb-13 23:28:46

As if ttc wasn't nerve wrecking enough, we like the extra challenge of getting that BFP while still breastfeeding a baby or toddler. While this isn't an easy endouvour, it certainly isn't impossible as many graduates on the previous threads prove.

I'm posting a link here for any newcomers about fertility while breastfeeding.

Am also wonderig if you'd like to have some sort of stats for the tread members. I'll just start myself.

MrsHuxtable, 29, ttc#2 from April, on pp cycle 4, luteal phase defect

DogandBeth Wed 13-Mar-13 13:33:02

Hi all I'm out for this month- AF has just arrived. sad Had the longest cycle I've ever hd in my life this time- 41 days- longest I've ever had before as far as I can recall is 34 days- so I was a week late in theory which has never happened before when I've not been pg. Do you think this is Bfing messing around with my hormones? Have just started going cold turkey with DD at night so she's just having 1 or 2 feeds in the evening now and I'm working towards stopping completely so hopefully next month will be a bit more fertile.
Lis999 sorry to hear the witch got you too

Reb18 Wed 13-Mar-13 20:36:43

Hi all,

I'm currently bfing my 8 month old about 5 times a day and want to ttc June time, came off mini pill about 5 weeks ago, had a bleed 10 days after which I really thought was af, felt like it! So started opks only amazon cheapies, no positive but wanted to dtd around ov time, was due af last friday, had all the symptoms from thursday to sunday and nothing!

Going to get some agnus cactus this week...

Also Im curious why you all need to nigh tfeed so much? I havent needed to since weaning, wondered if Im missing something?! xxx

Jakeyblueblue Thu 14-Mar-13 05:00:43

Sorry about AF and the rubbish LP lis and dog, ever hopeful for next month!!
Reb welcome and don't worry, you're not missing anything, sounds like you're just one if the lucky ones! I've always bf on demand and still do now even at 20 months. It's quite simply that he still asks for it. Much less now though. Think its quite normal, in some parts of the world they feed during the night well into toddlerhood. If your lucky enough to have one that doesn't then good for you. Ttc will hopefully be easier for you as its def the night feeds that really balls up the hormones. Yes, I guess I could night wean but I'm not sure how well weaning ds before he's ready, for the benefit of a child that's not even here, sits with me. Personal choice. Also, as frustrating as it is, natural child spacing and absent AF when bf is there for a biological reason, and that's to give our bodies a break between pregs and allow us to finish nurturing the bf child. If its not happening then its prob for good reason. Bloody annoying though!!!!
I finally ov'd on Sunday so 4dpo for me. Won't be Preg, coz I never am so trying to not even think about it. ;)

TheThickPlottens Thu 14-Mar-13 11:04:25

Sorry to hear of your AFs coming.

I did the clear blue digital test and it was a resounding 'Not Pregnant'. I must have a tummy bug as still feel nauseous every now and then.

I'm the same as Jake, just feeding on demand. But I'm choosing to nightwean soon as I'm shattered and want to have a 3, maybe even 4 hours of continuous sleep. It went well with dd1 so worth a shot. If it upsets her too much, then we'll go back to what we're presently doing.

Reb I'm so envious of your sleeper.

Reb18 Thu 14-Mar-13 21:07:10

well for six months I didnt get more than 3 hrs in one go, two flukes of 5.5hrs in a travel cot!

Once weaning was established I knew she couldnt be hungry, I would feed her just to get her off again and shed be asleep within 30 seconds! So two nights of cc and dummy ditched (i know not for everyone but something had to change) and she's a 12hr a night now. I know Im lucky it didnt take much but totally worth it, would never have done it pre weaning as its not advised with bf as you dont know if they might be hungry. It was surprisingly easy when I knew nothing was wrong, made me much stronger!

So much to benefit as now I dont need to nap when she naps as Im rested so I get my jobs done when she sleeps and can be with her every other second smile

OhdearIquit Thu 14-Mar-13 21:26:42

Just because babies have been weaned onto solids doesn't mean they can't be hungry at night. Appetite changes with growth spurts, you know, and they keep happening even after 6 months.

Sorry to bud in but could not not comment on such a misinformed post. Maybe Reb's baby wasn't hungry anymore at night but most babies still are, as any reputable pediatrician will tell you. In fact, hunger at night is normal until they're 1. After that it can be a comfort thing or genuine hunger, or thirst.

Anyway, I would think that most long time breastfeeders on here are quite attachment parenty and therefor cc would never be an option.

<budding out again>

onedogandababy Fri 15-Mar-13 14:48:19

Hi, can I join? DD is 13.5 mo and I think we're going to start TTC #2 after next af - think I'm due in about a week. Still bf 2x a day, morning & before afternoon nap. Not been bedtime/night feeding for just over a month, nighttimes when I realised she was no longer settling & I was having to wake DP to settle her. Am hoping that means I'm ovulating! Am 39 so am feeling time may not be on my side...

snoozed Sun 17-Mar-13 19:42:39

Sorry about the bfn ThickPlottens..

And fingers crossed for you Jakey this month.

Still no sodding af- frustrating - feel like it's coming then nothing happens. Also past few nights dd in a lot of pain with teeth so she's been feeding constantly throughout the night - so this can't help surely and must have set things back somewhat.

FriggFRIGG Sun 17-Mar-13 19:55:52

<pokes head round door>

Hello <waves>

I'm BFing DS 2.6yrs and TTC no3.
We conceived DS the week after I stopped BFing DD,
I hadn't even had an AF visit yet shock so I'm hoping it won't be too difficult to TTC another whilst BFing as DS isn't really ready to give it up yet!

My cycle is all over the place,and I've only just had my copper coil removed,but I'm still hopeful and ever so slightly terrified for a BFP soon grin

Good luck to everyone for this month,and for fast approaching April!

Jakeyblueblue Mon 18-Mar-13 17:35:32

Welcome to the madhouse frigg!
8dpo here. No symptoms. Got a spot on my chin so am thinking AF is probably en route. Trying not to think about it too much. Have got no hpts so can't do any silly attempts to poas too early. Not going to test until sat unless AF shows its ugly face before. My bets on Thursday 11dpo. God I'm a beacon of positivity this month. [laugh]

Jakeyblueblue Mon 18-Mar-13 17:36:19

grin even.

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 18-Mar-13 18:05:18

Ohhhh and we have another just done this morning positive line whilst breast feeding.

Obviously not at the same time as peeing in the cup. Line only faint but repeated 19 tests all the same result and I'm older as well.

FriggFRIGG Mon 18-Mar-13 20:29:01

Sock did I read that right? Have you a BFP?!

FriggFRIGG Mon 18-Mar-13 20:30:23

Thanks for the welcome Jakey!
I didn't understand half your post though blush

<wanders off to brush up on her acronyms>

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 18-Mar-13 20:36:23

I have no idea what bfp stands for but if its a positive pregnancy test then yes.

It was very faint but showed up on all 19 sticks I peed on.

I'm quite impressed seen as I've only had sex once in the last year and I'm still bf my 1 year old.

FriggFRIGG Mon 18-Mar-13 20:57:27

Big Fat Positive!!

And a line is a line! However faint!

Congratulations thanks

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 18-Mar-13 20:59:49

Thank you. I'm going to do another one or two first thing in the morning just incase weird stuff like the 3 large bars of dark chocolate I ate at lunch time have caused a strange currently unknown effect of pee sticks grin

Jakeyblueblue Mon 18-Mar-13 21:09:28

Congrats sock! Hope for us all!
Frigg sorry about the acronyms. Shows how long I've been in this bloody thread!!! Am an old pro at this now. So for all the newbies.
Bfp - big fat positive
Bfn- big fat negative
AF - period.
Poas - pee on a stick.
Opk - ovulation predictor kit.
Hpt - home pregnancy test.
9dpo - 9 days past ovulation.
Dtd - doing the deed.
Think that covers everything you see crop up grin

FriggFRIGG Mon 18-Mar-13 21:16:20


Thanks,everything has become clear now,Well except OPK's I had no idea they made those!

<adds to shopping list>

Let me know if the chocolate made a difference on those 19 pee sticks Sock I reckon it'd have to go in a scientific journal or summat wink

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 18-Mar-13 22:02:41

Lets see if I'm working out this techie stuff correctly according to my iPad period tracker app the first day of my last period AF was 18/2/13 it pinpoints my ovulation (it also showed up on a different type of pee stick at the same time as the app said) as being the 4/3/13

I dtd on 2/3/13 ('twas late at night so could have been the 3/3/13
Chocolate was also involved) And got a bfp today which I believe is 18/3/13 that is 2 days before my AF is actually due.

I'm rather impressed that tests can pick it up so early when I had my first child hpt were not reliable until you had already missed a period by about 2 weeks. So am I correct in thinking that's 14 days past ovulation but 16 days past actual conception?

FriggFRIGG Mon 18-Mar-13 22:12:42

Goodness knows...with DD I knew I was pregnant waaaay before any tests could tell me,no idea how,just did.
With DS,I didn't notice at all....I was having lunch with a friend just after we'd been food shopping,and I mentioned I'd gone off coffee and was feeling a bit queasy lately,she whipped out a HPT from her bag and sent me off to the loo....I came back looking like a ghost!
Turned out I was 13 weeks pregnant at that point!! shock

So this is all new to me,My mind is boggling at it all!

IneedAsockamnesty Mon 18-Mar-13 22:23:04

I have a friend who had no idea she was pregnant until she was 18 weeks she was trying as well.

I've had a ectopic before so have always had to get things checked out ASAP and years ago I can remember being sent to hospital to have a HCg blood test done when ever I was 2/3 days late as hpt tests wouldn't pick it up.

I've just been googling random rubbish about false positives just to keep me calm and not so excited just incase and have discovered that false positives are very rare but something called a evaporation line is not.

Now I read every test within the time period specified on packet and all lines had definite blue in them and were the same size as the test completion line but were just really faint lines, that's positive not evaporation lines isant it [stramge hope emocon]

Lis999 Mon 18-Mar-13 23:06:00

Sounds positive to me, Sock! Congrats!!!

FriggFRIGG Mon 18-Mar-13 23:25:37

I would be very surprised if 19 tests were all wrong!!

You sound upduffed to me wink

IneedAsockamnesty Tue 19-Mar-13 10:35:37

Peed on a digital stick this morning yep I'm upduffed grin

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