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Breastfeeding and Getting Pregnant Again

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by JB
(MN)

Visitor Question: I am a 25yr old mother of one. My daughter will be 11 months on the 21st. I have been exclusively breastfeeding her until at 7 months we introduced solids.

She now east 3 meals a day, 2 snacks and breastfeeds on demand. We have shortened our sessions and have lengthened the time in between feedings, decreased to 1 feeding at night (some nights it doesn’t work and she’ll nurse 3x).

I really want to continue nursing her, but would also like to try to conceive a sibling for her.

She is IN LOVE with children and neither my hubby or I was an only child so we are thinking if we are going to try for another child we should start soon.

Is there any suggestions you can give me to help me get my period back?…. this way I will KNOW I am fertile.

We talked about seeing the Dr. to help but neither or us really want to do that. We have always been pretty “natural” on TTC. (took 6yrs to get preg with our dd) we are both healthy just not sure if it’s going to be a long road again or if we’ll get lucky and get preg. right way.

Please HELP!!! how can I get pregnant if I am still breastfeeding? Will I have to wean? Is it true that you are more fertile and your chances are higher at getting pregnant the second time around?

Breastfeeding Magazine Response: Most moms do not have to wean in order to get pregnant.

Lori Ramsey from Stages-in-Pregnancy.com has a great article on our site about getting pregnant while still breastfeeding here:

Getting Pregnant with Breastfeeding

While it is true that some women are more fertile the second time, you may need to cut down the amount of time nursing (without weaning!) to allow your fertility to return.

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