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Breastfeeding and waiting to TTC - help me get my periods back....please!

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Up2nogood Tue 09-Dec-14 23:42:42

Never thought I'd actually ever say that, but please, how do I get them back???
Dd is1y2m. Still breastfeeding. Roughly 3/4 times a day. Mainly during the night, maybe 1/2 short feeds in the day......when I'm not working.
Cutting out breastfeeding completely isn't an
Option, we've come among way in 3 months as she was feeding drastically more than that then but i can't see us cutting it out completely.
About 2/3 weeks ago I had some faint blood stains. Thought it was the onset of my periods retuning....,but nothing! No
Idea what's going on but we are desperate to ttc dc3.

Any suggestions as to how to help kick start it?

FruitBasedDrinkForALady Tue 09-Dec-14 23:54:57

A friend of mine found agnus castus worked very quickly. Isn't there a thread somewhere about ttc while bf? Might be worth checking in there.

Thankgoodness Wed 10-Dec-14 22:49:54


I'm afraid I don't have any particularly useful advice but can definitely sympathise!

We have been TTC #2 since January - or at least waiting to start TTC because I still don't have AF. DD will be turning 2 next week and I am desperate to give her a little brother or sister but nothing. We've had lots of feeds, tried cutting back on feeds, tried night weaning, tried not caring about it all.

Personally, I am trying lots of different things, obviously I don't have AF back yet but apparently, in addition to reducing / changing feed patterns (particularly night feeds), its important to get more sleep as that impacts the production of prolactin which suppresses oestrogen. I've also started reflexology in the hope that will nudge things in the right direction.

Having done a LOT of reading around this it seems that many factors influence this and, for some women, you do need to wean completely to get your full fertility back. On the other hand, the longer you go, the more likely that AF will turn up and (more importantly) you will ovulate, even if you are still feeding. I can highly recommend Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing by Sheila Kippley

It's frustrating if, like me, you aren't willing to deny the child you have for a hypothetical future child but at the same time feel incredibly broody!!

Good luck!

estelle6993 Fri 12-Dec-14 19:24:39

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