DS is 19 months and I am still breastfeeding but only first thing in morning and last thing at night.
AF arrived when he was about 8 months and since then I have had regular cycle. Have been using ovulation sticks for a few months and I always get a positive sign (although not necessarily at the same time in my cycle).
Have now being TTC for 5 months and nothing has happened ... I fear I have unrealistic expectations given that DS was conceived at the first go but what I am really worrying about now is that perhaps I need to give up breastfeeding (which I don't necessarily want to do) to give myself a proper shot at trying to conceive DC1.
Spoke to my GP about it and she said that fing only really works as contraceptive when you are bfing every three hours and if I am getting my period it shouldn't be a problem.
What do you think?? If I am serious about TTC should I give it up? Please help.
I'm wandering the same thing-dd is 27 months and I feed 2-3 times a day-no chance of getting her to give up without a lot of heartache and tantrums but after 7 months of trying I'm really worrying that this is the problem I'm interested to hear what people think....
Your gp is correct! If you are fully breastfeeding with no other supplementation of fluid or foods, with a gap of no longer than four hours then it will be difficult to become pregnant. As you aren't doing either and have your periods back - I shall cross my fingers for you!!
Also even when bfing exclusively/constantly in first 6 months, contraception is only around 80% At the rate you are feeding it should not really affect. I was doing similar feeding and it took me about 7 months. Good luck!
Yes I also forgot to say that the third factor is that it is up to the age of six months only to be relied on for contraception. I proved this theory when my dd reached six months on the dot and I immediately became pregnant. I also became pregnant with my ds while breastfeeding my dd aged 2. Still crossing fingers for you.
stillstanding - since you are ovulating - no breastfeeding is not an issue here. Just because you were lucky enough to conceive your ds on first go, unfortunately does not mean it would happen again. But also I want to reassure you that it is possible to get pg while breastfeeding, it happened to me and I know of many others too. The only advice is to keep trying. I am currently breastfeeding and ttc again, so I can understand your thoughts. But rest assured that giving up breastfeeding will not increase your likelyhood of concieving.
stillstanding - I was still feeding DS and got pg when he was 20 months old. Like you my periods had come back and were regular, and although I wasn;t using ov sticks I could see signs of ovulation so was pretty sure I was fertile.
It took me around 6 months to get pg first time, around 3 months this time - so no hard and fast rules either way.