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Old Jan 15th, 2017, 14:01 PM   1
Tasha S.
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Breastfeeding and Return of Fertility


Hi Moms!

Mama of 3, 3 years-and-under here! I have a question about the return of your fertility during breastfeeding. I got my period back at 6 months postpartum during exclusive bf'ing with my first. With the second, I induced a period using black cohosh capsules at 9 months postpartum--and I had completely weaned my little one at 8 months! So it seemed my period really didn't want to come back after baby #2! I'm 2.5 months postpartum with baby #3, and I keep getting EWCM and my cervix is open (medium height, and medium firmness--I know SHOW is most fertile). My question is did your fertility ever come back a lot sooner than previous times postpartum while you were exclusively breastfeeding? I have a hard time believing I'm fertile this early after my previous experiences, but I know the signs are pointing towards fertility. I also know that my luteal phase may not be long enough to sustain a pregnancy even if my CM is fertile. I'm just looking for some experience here!
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Old Jan 17th, 2017, 14:37 PM   2
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Hi Tasha S... I only have one child and my period came back at 6 weeks postpartum. My doc said it was still bleeding from birth since I bled til week four then stopped and then bled again week 6. I even logged it in my app as a period and since that bleed at 6 weeks postpartum my cycle is 26 days like clockwork and just like it was pre baby.
So YES i think you can be this fertile this early on....

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Old Jan 21st, 2017, 08:39 AM   3
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I got my period back at 6 weeks too. Had another 22 days later. And am on day 14 of my cycle now waiting for my third period. My baby is EBF and about 2.5mo old. X



 
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Old Jan 23rd, 2017, 19:31 PM   4
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Wow ladies!

Smileyfaces: Our boys are basically the same age! Did your period return that quickly after your two other children? The reason I'm surprised that I might be fertile so early on is because it took a lot longer for my fertility to return after my other children. Thanks! xxx



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2017, 06:15 AM   5
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Yes it did return just as quickly but they were formula fed. I truly expected it to stay away much longer whilst I was breastfeeding bit alas i was wrong lol



 
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Old Jan 24th, 2017, 06:15 AM   6
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Tasha according to our tickers they are the same age...3rd November??



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2017, 15:47 PM   7
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They were all exclusively breastfed and my period always came back and was regular from then on.



 
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Old Jan 28th, 2017, 16:42 PM   8
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With DS1 he was 10 months before I had a period however but MW and HV have told me not to rely on BFing for contraception and that you can be fertile 21 days after birth.



 
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Old Jan 29th, 2017, 17:00 PM   9
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Freya is now 9.5 months and I've still not had a period. We still BF although she now goes long periods without feeding- especially if I'm on an 8 hour shift.

We're also relying on BF as a contraceptive. Not overly fussed if we fall pregnant.



 
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Old Jan 29th, 2017, 21:04 PM   10
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Tasha according to our tickers they are the same age...3rd November??
YES!! 3rd of November! It was a good day!

HAHA! Your ticker looks one day ahead to me, but I'm sure it's because you're on UK time, and I'm on the other side of the pond!



 
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