I realise that everyone is different but I'm wondering if anyone remembers when they got their first AF whilst BF exclusively? I'm absolutely desperate to conceive again, Mr Bubble is too but thinks we've got loads of time. After reading some of your inspiring "Geriatric Conception" stories you've reassured me to some extent but I'd like to know how soon I can expect to ovulate.
Got mine 4 weeks after post birth bleed stopped was gutted thought I wouldn't get a visit from AF for a while, don't know if I'm ovulating or not but have regular AF every month DD exclusively BF until nearly 6 months.
How long is a stick.... it varies hugely from woman to woman.... I think if you BF at night it is very unlikely....
I got my periods back when DD was 11 months old.... but I know others for whom it was back at 3 months...
Hi i'm a student midwife and i just looked it up in my midwifery textbook.
here goes it says:
the time taken for return of ovulation is directly related to suckling frequency, intensity and duration, the maintenance of nigh time feeds and the introduction of supplementary food.
so basically for as long as you are fully breatsfeeding, until your baby is weaned you may not ovulate, although this is not full proof as a method of contraception and many people have conceived the first time the woman ovulated because obviously the ovulation occurs before her first period arrives.
hope that helps
It sounds as if it comes down to a choice between continuing to BF Elijah exclusively or stop or supplement with formula if I want to conceive. After the truly horrendous birth the poor little lad had it seems so unfair for him (and me) to miss out on BF. It would be better if I give my body time to recover from the CS anyway I s'pose.
Bubble - I think it is a wise comment you make. Why don't you bgive yourself 3 months and see how things are then? You can then opt to mix feed, your body will have recovered and your hormones might be more settled.