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Getting pregnant while breastfeeding

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Zoomum Sat 12-Jul-08 11:03:18

Hello!!

Morning. Does anyone know if you can get pregnant while breastfeeding AND your period hasn't come back...

My boss seems to think you can but I'm not sure. I would like to start trying for a baby now. My DS is about 13 months old. He has a BF in the morning, a couple of times in the day if I'm not working (not much), and 10.30pm. I've just put my foot down about all through the night feeding (fed up), so from my understanding that's when prolactin is produced that can inhibit pregnancy, (that's another reason I stopped feeding at night).DS deosn't drink much in the day.

My periods haven't come back yet, is that normal? I haven't had a period since August 2006!! I'm not complaining but I am worried that I won't be able to get pregnant.

Any info or adivice would be very appreciated!! Thanks

CaptainKarvol Sat 12-Jul-08 11:14:31

high prolactin can be a problem TTC, but without a blood test you don't know if yours is high. You can get pg before your first period - you ovulate before your first period, so you could always catch that egg! I would have thought your chances are much better though once your periods return. Which they will do, but when, I don't know (mine returned at 8 months despite much, much bf, but I was disappointed that they came back so early!). Not hugely helpful, I know - I think it comes down to 'maybe'grin

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sat 12-Jul-08 11:14:46

Yes you can get pg before your period has come back, as you ovulate before your period. So there is chance that if you have unprotected sex you will get pg before you know your cycle has returned - hope this makes sense!

You may be one of those people whose periods don't return until you have completely stopped bf'ing, then again it may come back if you drop just one of your feeds. It's a bit like how long's a piece of string!

bluestarlavender Sat 12-Jul-08 11:16:12

You can definitely get pregnant even if you're breast feeding.

With regard to your periods though...I don't think that is normal. It does take a while for them to come back and get into sync, but I think 13 months is a long time...

I'd take a text just to rule out pregnancy. But many women conceive very quickly after having a baby as oddly it's one of your most fertile times.

BSL x

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