Okay, so it’s been more than three months since I said I officially announced that hubby and I are working on baby number two and there is still no sign of a pregnancy…
I know there there is no evidence to support the need to wean to get pregnant but I am starting to wonder. It certainly wasn’t this hard getting pregnant the first time around. I don’t know too many mothers practicing extended breastfeeding who are trying to get pregnant but based on my current circle of Mums in this predicament (just me and one other, currently), neither of us have been too successful so far. Although, that said, my BFF has been successful getting pregnant while still nursing her toddler.
According to KellyMom:
“If your periods have come back and settled into a regular pattern, it is likely that breastfeeding is no longer affecting your fertility.”
Well, I’ve been menstruating like clockwork (which is pretty amazing for me since I was generally irregular prior to the pregnancy), so I must be fertile…
“Changes that are more abrupt tend to bring fertility back faster (e.g., cutting out one nursing session abruptly, rather than gradually decreasing nursing time at that session) —even if you continue to breastfeed a great deal— this is why many mothers experience the return of fertility when their child sleeps through the night or starts solid foods.”
Well, Gavin has been on solids for some time now and has been eating more lately. He’s pretty much cut out the day time nursing except before nap time and when he’s teething. Other than that, he doesn’t nurse during the day. He does wake up at night to nurse, however, but KellyMom says time of nursing doesn’t make a difference:
“If you decide to make changes to your nursing pattern, the time of day that you make the change (e.g., cutting out or shortening a nighttime nursing session as opposed to a daytime nursing session) should not make that much of a difference. Current research indicates that nursing frequency and total amount of time at the breast per 24 hours are the most important factors, rather than the time of day that the suckling occurs.”
KellyMom also says that while there are some mothers who find it impossible to get pregnant while nursing, this is uncommon. So technically, I should be able to get pregnant. I’ve read the literature, I know what it says, but now I’d like to hear it from the nursing Mums:
Are you a mother nursing a toddler who is trying to get pregnant or have managed to get pregnant? Please share your experiences with me. I’d love to hear from you!