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Old Jun 28th, 2016, 13:05 PM   31
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3c I think the same, I feel guilty taking time away from madeleine for a sibling but then I think how much she would love a sibling and as 1 of 5 with me and my sister less than 2 years apart, it was great growing up and still is now, we're all so close and I would love the same for madeleine (well not 5 haha!)



 
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Old Jun 28th, 2016, 13:59 PM   32
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Hi can I join you girls in the wait? I am new to ivf as I am doing this as a gestational surrogate for my cousin. My youngest just turned 1 on the weekend and I am currently breastfeeding twice a day. Did you guys have an option of continuing to breastfeed while doing ivf? It breaks my heart to think of completely stopping. This will be a FET. She has 8 embryos. I will only be doing 1 egg transfer. I told her we can try around sept or oct so that way I can see if my son weans himself. i've had 3 periods so far. My cycles usd to be 30 days long. The last 2 I had were 60 days. My prolactin level this cycle was 23. So I'm thinking if I even do one feed a day it will go lower and be in the safe range. Wht do your drs say wait 60 days after you stop breastfeeding? I remember the dr saying I have an option of unmedicated FET which would be just estrogen and progesterone or the long protocal of 6 weeks and using bcp and lupron injections? Does that sound right. Anyone else doing theirs with lupron?



 
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Old Jun 28th, 2016, 20:25 PM   33
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Hi 6footnoodle!

I was told absolutely no BFing if doing a fresh IVF cycle. I've heard that from basically everyone so I think that you do have to wean if you want to do a fresh cycle (the drugs could be suppressed by your hormones so it's pointless to stim). But you're just doing a FET so I really don't know...your sister's RE would know best. I don't know the significance of 60 days, I was just told I had to have 2 cycles post-weaning (at a minimum).



 
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Old Jun 28th, 2016, 20:36 PM   34
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I'm not at this stage yet as I'm still pregnant with my first from IVF. But it's been on my mind as we want to have them close - we have 5 embryos left. We're not getting any younger and we want to have a few kids,
I asked my Dr and she said I have to have stopped breast feeding completely even if it is for a FET, which will be really hard. It's so annoying we have to stop completely. She said it's because breast feeding can act like a contraception and u want to give your body the best possible chance to accept the transfer.
There's a few rebels out there when I googled - the Australian breast feeding association she breast fed during her successful transfer etc. but I'd be too scared to - I don't want to hurt our chances.
I didn't know about the two periods you need to have after you've stopped breast feeding, how annoying!



 
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I can def see how that would be frustrating 3c! I hope this round goes smoother for you. We did the PGS/PGD testing on our 6 day 5 embryos and 4 were ok and 2 were not. I can't imagine getting through the stims and the retrieval and then have none of them be ok, sorry it's been so difficult for you.

I was sad to stop nursing my son but I felt like 13 months was a long time and we want to do the FET this year so I had to stop so that I could wait the 60 days then call on day 1 of my first cycle after my 60th day. I was told they do it this way so that your prolactin level will go back to normal so then it won't cause any issues with conception. In my case I stopped nursing June 13 then Aug 11 will be 60 days but my periods not due until Aug 30 so threw beginning of Sept we'll do baseline labs the the Oct cycle do the FET........
Any ideas why they won't do my FET in Sept with that cycle vs making me wait another month( so over 90 days after stopping bfing)...


6 foot that's amazing you're going to be a surrogate! What a wonderful gift so glad the world has such great ppl like you! When I did my FET I was only on progesterone and estrogen prior. But the estrogen would prob make you dry up if you're still nursing.



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Old Jun 29th, 2016, 08:32 AM   36
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I'm not at this stage yet as I'm still pregnant with my first from IVF. But it's been on my mind as we want to have them close - we have 5 embryos left. We're not getting any younger and we want to have a few kids,
I asked my Dr and she said I have to have stopped breast feeding completely even if it is for a FET, which will be really hard. It's so annoying we have to stop completely. She said it's because breast feeding can act like a contraception and u want to give your body the best possible chance to accept the transfer.
There's a few rebels out there when I googled - the Australian breast feeding association she breast fed during her successful transfer etc. but I'd be too scared to - I don't want to hurt our chances.
I didn't know about the two periods you need to have after you've stopped breast feeding, how annoying!
Haha i saw that too in the Australian breast feeding association site. That's what makes me want to continue breast feeding. The Dr said no due to drugs the baby can ingest and because of prolactin levels. But after doing research I see the drugs are safe and my prolactin level is borderline normal. Normal range goes up to 18 and I am at 23. i might wait for next cycle and get my prolactin tested again to see if it has gone lower since now I am at work and I feel my lo is feeding for shorter during the 2 feeds. I wasn't able to breastfeed my first so I am really enjoying it this time around. My cousin says she is ok with my breastfeeding and we could lie to the doctor if we get m level down to 18. Then if first cycle doesn't work I stop breast feeding for the next. The only thing is the doctor said that is prolcatin is high then the cycle will be cancelled and we will have to wait 60 days. I guess that is how long it takes for the levels to go down. I guess that's why all your doctors say to wait 2 cycles after you stop breast feeding.



 
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Old Jun 29th, 2016, 08:49 AM   37
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I can def see how that would be frustrating 3c! I hope this round goes smoother for you. We did the PGS/PGD testing on our 6 day 5 embryos and 4 were ok and 2 were not. I can't imagine getting through the stims and the retrieval and then have none of them be ok, sorry it's been so difficult for you.

I was sad to stop nursing my son but I felt like 13 months was a long time and we want to do the FET this year so I had to stop so that I could wait the 60 days then call on day 1 of my first cycle after my 60th day. I was told they do it this way so that your prolactin level will go back to normal so then it won't cause any issues with conception. In my case I stopped nursing June 13 then Aug 11 will be 60 days but my periods not due until Aug 30 so threw beginning of Sept we'll do baseline labs the the Oct cycle do the FET........
Any ideas why they won't do my FET in Sept with that cycle vs making me wait another month( so over 90 days after stopping bfing)...


6 foot that's amazing you're going to be a surrogate! What a wonderful gift so glad the world has such great ppl like you! When I did my FET I was only on progesterone and estrogen prior. But the estrogen would prob make you dry up if you're still nursing.
Thank you In Canada it is even harder to find a surrogate since commercial surrogacy is illegal so there aren't many people willing to do it without financial benefits. My cousin has been struggling for years and it breaks my heart so I know I need to help her. And this way since we are close she can be involved in everything and kind of experince pregnancy through me.



 
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I think I might call my RE'S office again and ask them why they won't do the frozen embryo transfer with my first cycle after my 60th day which would be my third period after stopping nursing and why they want me to wait a whole another cycle which will be almost 4 months since stopping nursing....so crazy how different each Dr is.



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Ya I would call them to see why. I would think 60 days is plenty of time.



 
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Welcome 6footnoodle and miranda!

What an amazing thing to do 6foot
Good job there are people like you in the world

I was told I wouldn't be able to breastfeed for fet but they didn't say how soon to stop but I have anyway so doesn't matter

Ellie, have you had an answer about when you can start?

Afm, day 30 and no sign of af so looks like I'm in for another long one but nevermind, at least they have returned



 
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