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krazykat's picture
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Tell me some stories...

Of getting preggers while BFing!! Have you or anyone you know? LOL!

I talked to DH today and am excited to say that he is still on board with using no birth control!! I am so happy. For some reason, I just "feel" another baby in our future, and the closer they are together, the better!

AND... We just found out that he is going to be able to come home on his regularly scheduled mid-tour leave from Afghanistan. We thought that when he came home after Justus was born, that it would be the only leave he got. That meant going another 9 months without seeing him. But it's looking like the end of November right now Biggrin And that is just 2.5 months PP for me.

I know it's still awful early, and we are exclusively BFing, but does anyone have any good stories for me?

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LOL!

Well, my two oldest are 14 1/2 months apart, so I got preggers breast feeding when DS was 5 months old. I seriously must have ovulated immediately after that first bit of rice cereal because I hadn't gotten af back yet. Smile

I have a friend who was bfing and her two are 12 months and 2 weeks apart.

I guess I'll say "good luck"?!? Hopefully baby will be sttn by then and up your chances!

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My next door neighbor's youngest sons are 11 months apart and she had an IUD... :eek:

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I got pregnant while breast feeding my second child. She was 10 months old and I never even had a period!

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"gardenbug" wrote:

My next door neighbor's youngest sons are 11 months apart and she had an IUD... :eek:

Don't tell me that!!!

When I was scheduling my IUD appointment, more than one midwife warned me not to show up pregnant...and that was only 2 months pp! They say it happens allllll the time. There's a woman on my birth board who recently mentioned that she conceived her second at 5 months while EBF.

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I was exclusively breastfeeding my daughter and we were using the pull out method and I ended up pregnant with this one! They will be 13 months apart!

Good luck! Smile

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i'm not THAT quick. DD was 16 months old and not EBF anymore when i got pregnant. but a woman i know from library storytime has 2 that are 14 months apart, and she and her husband caution EVERYONE that BFing is NOT foolproof! LOL!

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My current 2 are exactly 12 months apart. Got preg with DS on what was apparently my first cycle post-partum after DD.

After DS was born, my period came back at 3 months pp again, same as the first time, despite EBF'ing... so if we hadn't been being SUPER careful, it could have happened again.

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Smile

I didn't have a very small gap between each of my pregnancies but got pregnant twice while BF, this time with TWINS!

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I wasn't EBFing as my son was 15 months old when I got pregnant but I was nursing 4 times a day. I only had 1 PPAF and then was pregnant my next cycle Smile Mine are 3 days from being exactly 2 years apart. I am hoping and praying I get my AF sooner this time because I am ready for #3!!

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Oh I've heard lots of moms say they got pregnant while BFing a young baby! I was BFing when I conceived DS, but DD was 17 months at the time, so a little different from an EBF infant.

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Breastfeeding worked as birth control for me. I never got my period back (or started ovulating) before about a year after giving birth. It always took 2-3 cycles before I got pregnant again. My kids are 21.5 - 30 months apart with no birth control apart from breastfeeding. I got an IUD 5 weeks after my fifth baby because although I was confident that breastfeeding works, I didn't want to risk it. Wink

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My daughter-in-law has her first baby May 2008, never got a period and also never BF and in October found out she was pregnant. By the time she had an ultrasound she was 16 weeks and baby #2 came May 2009. They got married May 2010 and baby #3 is due May 2011. This one was planned!

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:lurk:

I got pregnant while BFing DD 3x per day (she was about 10 months old, eating mostly table food, and mostly STTN). I think we might have gotten pregnant even sooner if we had more time/energy for BDing Wink - AF returned at 8w PP despite EBFing on demand, and I had pretty regular cycles the whole time... It's definitely possible - good luck!

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Jade, I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one who had an early return of AF!! I think I was around 12 weeks though. Did it affect your supply any? With DS, he was nursing CONSTANTLY and never seemed to be full once my AF returned. I'm trying to figure out how to avoid that this time.

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Manda- I EBF DS on demand and got AF back exactly 4 weeks after my pp bleed ended and was completely regular from then on (with ovulation pain midcycle). I'm not one of the lucky ones I guess. I didn't really notice a problem with my supply, but I was having trouble keeping up with him anyway (big boy likes his food) so I don't know that I would've noticed the difference between then and just trying to keep up with him anyway.
I hope you don't have any supply problems this time.
I'm 5 weeks pp now and waiting to see if AF arrives again. I really really hope not. My 12 year old DD and I really do not need to be cycling together just yet. We're already having a hard enough time getting along as it is Smile

Ariel- Good luck to you! I don't have any personal stories, but I've heard lots and lots of em!!!

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I didn't get preggo, but I EBF'd on demand (and by on demand, I mean every hour lol) for 6 months before introducing food and Ihad my first PP period by 2 months, and super regular after that, I could even feel ovulation more, so it's definitely possible. Good luck mama, I think it's great that you want them so close together, they'll be great friends Biggrin

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This is so cool! I'm loving reading all the stories Smile

I guess if it's meant to be, it will be!

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We stopped usig codoms whe DD was about 11 moths old and didn't get pregant with DS until about 5 months later, right after I cut her down to two feedings a day. I was having "periods" at that point, but my cycles were really long and probably annovulatory until the cycle we concieved. I got my first PP AF when DS was 3 months old (quite a bit sooner than I had it with DD) but I'm pretty sure (based on CM observations) I'm not ovulating yet, just bleeding because my body is producing enough estrogen to build up enough endometrium to need to shed it, but not enough to actually release an egg.

My DH was concieved while his mom was BFing his sister--I believe they are 14 months apart.

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"alwaysamom" wrote:

My daughter-in-law has her first baby May 2008, never got a period and also never BF and in October found out she was pregnant. By the time she had an ultrasound she was 16 weeks and baby #2 came May 2009. They got married May 2010 and baby #3 is due May 2011. This one was planned!

Wow, that's pretty special with the dates Smile

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"Winky_the_HouseElf" wrote:

Breastfeeding worked as birth control for me. I never got my period back (or started ovulating) before about a year after giving birth. It always took 2-3 cycles before I got pregnant again. My kids are 21.5 - 30 months apart with no birth control apart from breastfeeding. I got an IUD 5 weeks after my fifth baby because although I was confident that breastfeeding works, I didn't want to risk it. Wink

Same here. I didn't get my period for 17 months after Tiven, and 14 months after Weston. And I also can't help but wonder if BFing was part of my difficulty in conceiving Weston. Sad All the doctors (regular OBs and fertility specialists) said my BFing was no problem at all, because I was no longer her sole source of nutrition & my hormone levels were all fine & I was ovulating regularly. So why did I never get pregnant for 2.5 years of actively trying, lots of well-timed sex, and even 7 months of Clomid, but then I did get pregnant very unexpectedly exactly 3 months after she stopped nursing, in a month when we only had sex once? :eek:

And while I think BFing works for me, personally, and I'm now 44 and my younger sister has been in menopause for 4 years, I got an IUD as soon as I got my PPAF because I don't want to risk it, either. Blum 3

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Yikes! All these stories are scaring me. Maybe I just won't have sex again!

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I got pregnant with #2 and #3 while breastfeeding, but it worked how it was supposed to as far as being birth control. There was 22 months between my first two and there will be 2.5 years between my second and this baby. We did not use any birth control.

After my period returned (between 10 and 12 months), it still took a few cycles for things to regulate. My luteal phase was too short.

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Wow, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a PP AF that came back that soon!! I was feeling like a freak! LOL! I'm interested to see what happens this time. DS was ALREADY nursing every 1-1.5 hours before AF returned. He was literally ALWAYS on the boob after that. It was crazy.

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"mandora" wrote:

Jade, I'm glad to hear I wasn't the only one who had an early return of AF!! I think I was around 12 weeks though. Did it affect your supply any? With DS, he was nursing CONSTANTLY and never seemed to be full once my AF returned. I'm trying to figure out how to avoid that this time.

"mandora" wrote:

Wow, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a PP AF that came back that soon!! I was feeling like a freak! LOL! I'm interested to see what happens this time. DS was ALREADY nursing every 1-1.5 hours before AF returned. He was literally ALWAYS on the boob after that. It was crazy.

It didn't affect my supply too much - I had a slight drop just before/the day I started (DD would nurse literally every hour that day), then it would be back to normal till the next month. (Well, sort of...sometimes it was hard to tell if it was me having AF, her having a growth spurt, just having an off day...)

I couldn't believe my AF showed up that early, either. My mum tried to warn me that hers came back exactly 28 days after her c-section, but I really thought EBFing (every 1-2 hours during the day and 3-4 at night at that point) would buy me some time. Nope, had 5 weeks PP bleeding, 3 weeks off, then a totally normal AF :rolleyes:.

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I always seem to get pg while nursing. When my oldest was 6 mo we got pg but lost the baby & then got pg again when he was 12 months old with twins, they are 18 months apart. Then I had a 5yr gap & number 4 came along, when he was 15 mo & nursing I got pg with #5 and when #5 was 12 months old & still nursing I got pg with #6 Lol

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Since you've already got a lot of the Irish twin stories (wow, who knew there were so many?!) I thought add my glass half empty bit, if you don't mind? (I like to think I'm a realist, as opposed to a pessimist Wink ).

I know some people don't have an issue, but a lot of people who get pregnant while breastfeeding experience a LOT of pain while breastfeeding during the trimester, sometimes longer. I know I did. It subsided around 13 to 14 weeks, but honest to God there were times I was starting to resent my child for wanting to nurse 3-4 times a day. You will also probably lose your milk at some point, usually around the midway mark in your pregnancy. I think you need to be aware of that if continuing to nurse your baby is really important to you. Mine switched to colostrum right around 19-20 weeks. I can't even express a drop right now. And Jesse doesn't ask to nurse nearly as much. He'd rather a sippy of cow's milk. Which is fine for a toddler, but wouldn't cut it for an 8 month old, KWIM? Of course, a lot of 8 month olds are already on a fair bit of solid food, but some aren't. They still need mama milk (or formula).

Anyways, I just thought I'd throw that in there. Sorry if I sound overly negative. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who planned to be pregnant upon returning to work after DS was born. Didn't quite work out that way, and right now I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO thankful for that.

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"Amber_daisy" wrote:

I know some people don't have an issue, but a lot of people who get pregnant while breastfeeding experience a LOT of pain while breastfeeding during the trimester, sometimes longer. I know I did. It subsided around 13 to 14 weeks, but honest to God there were times I was starting to resent my child for wanting to nurse 3-4 times a day. You will also probably lose your milk at some point, usually around the midway mark in your pregnancy. I think you need to be aware of that if continuing to nurse your baby is really important to you. Mine switched to colostrum right around 19-20 weeks. I can't even express a drop right now. And Jesse doesn't ask to nurse nearly as much. He'd rather a sippy of cow's milk. Which is fine for a toddler, but wouldn't cut it for an 8 month old, KWIM? Of course, a lot of 8 month olds are already on a fair bit of solid food, but some aren't. They still need mama milk (or formula).

I actually had the opposite experience... no breast pain at all during the first trimester, which I attributed to my body just not needing to make any changes for milk production ;). It was only after we stopped nursing that my breasts got swollen/tender like with DD's pregnancy.

That said, though, I absolutely agree that nursing while pregnant is rough - I felt like a zombie the whole first trimester (stopped BFing around 13-14w)...it just took so much out of me. And I did notice a drop in supply while pregnant, too, though I was also starting the weaning process (not really sure which caused it). I was glad DD was over a year and able to switch to cow's milk as we weaned...I know women manage to nurse throughout pregnancy and even go on to tandem nurse, but I just couldn't keep up the nutrition and energy to do it myself. If EBFing is your goal, that's definitely something to consider.

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I've gotten pregnant while nursing twice now. My first was only 4 months old and we were EBF (co sleeping, no solids, no paci's nursing on demand etc) when I found out I was pregnant. I had never had a period in between, just caught that first egg.

With this last pregnancy, I was still breastfeeding my 17 month old, again got pregnant on the first shot.

My newby just turned 5 months old, and at 23 lbs is a giant beast of a baby who nurses every 2 hours on demand, no pacis etc.....and I am on my third PPAF.

I do totally agree with Amber's advice re: nursing. It will impact your nursing relationship, and if your baby is under a year when you are about 20 weeks or so and lose your milk, you will have to use formula. I had always had an abundant supply and an effortless nursing relationship with my kids ~ but when I lost my milk and DS1 was so young (9 months, I had frozen BM to get him to 10 months) but we did have to use formula for a short while. With my DD she was about 21 months when I lost my milk, but continued to nurse for another 6 weeks or so until almost 2. Just something to consider. Also, if you are planning a VBA2C you might want to see what your midwife recommends as far as allowing your uterus/scar time to heal in between pregnancies Smile

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Thanks for the heads up ladies!! It was something I had read, but not really thought about, kwim?

I did speak with my MW and she said I was good to go if it happened that way. That was my biggest concern. I have healed much faster after this c/s though. I don't know if it was all the exercise during pregnancy or what.

Awesome stories!! You ladies are the BOMB! LOL

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The above posting about breastfeeding are really something to think about.

As I mentioned earlier, my oldest are 14 1/2 months apart. I was nursing every 3-4 hours during the day (he was sttn). After I got pregnant, I started getting terrible headaches and I was starving constantly. I seriously couldn't eat enough to be full and was eating 3 helps at meal times, it was crazy! However, one afternoon when I was 10 weeks I realize DS hadn't peed that day. I gave him formula (he was only 7 months) and my boy who hadn't taken a bottle since he was a week old, sucked back the whole thing. He was starving. He was taking solids by then, but at that age milk is still the main food. But, my milk was gone. Couldn't express a drop. We quit cold turkey and I never got engorged or leaked or anything.

I just couldn't keep up with feeding a big baby and growing another one. I've also learned my milk supply doesn't taper down. It is all or none. When my DS2 was 10ish months, I was trying to cut back on the feeds a bit as I was going back to work soon. When I went from 4x to 3x (morning, afternoon, bedtime) my milk disappeared again.

So, something to think about... I know mine is the usually scenario but it can happen.

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I've gotten pregnant while BFing twice... but both times my LO was 11-12 months old and we were down to BFing twice a day. I tried starting when DS1 was 6 months and it took until 11.5 months for my body to cooperate.
ITA on pregnancy affecting BFing. I don't get any breast/nipple pain during pregnancy, but both times my milk dried up at 8-9 weeks pregnant.

Good luck. I hope it happens quickly for you!

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I will also add my story about breastfeeding while pregnant. My daughter was 4 months old when I got pregnant unexpectedly. I had planned to nurse her until she self weaned, just like my son did. But getting pregnant totally killed my supply. I was pumping less and she was very noticeably less satisfied after nursing. I knew my supply had dipped. At her 6 month checkup, we learned that she hadn't gained any weight in from 4-6 months. Not an ounce. We hadn't started solids yet, so she was still exclusively breastfeeding. At that point, I started supplementing with formula because I couldn't pump enough while I was at work and when I was with her, she was fussy after nursing. It got to the point where she wouldn't even want to nurse at all because she wasn't getting enough. We switched her completely to formula at 6 months. It was very hard for me, especially since this wasn't a planned pregnancy. I had a lot of guilt over this and struggled with it for quite a while. She's been on formula for 3 months now and she's doing great. I've come to terms with it, but I really wish I could have continued nursing her past a year like I had planned.

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No pg while BF-ing experience here, but we used condoms when not actively TTC between the first and second child. I'm still not 100% certain we are done (about 95%...lol), but would probably need to do it before weaning completely if I went for a 3rd due to my age. You get all kinds of crappy restrictions once you're over 40.

Anyway, just wanting to wish you luck in TTC #3. Enjoy your time with DH.

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Right after I had DS #1 a girl I went to church with found out at her 6 week PP check up that she was pg. DR had told her that if she was EBF that she couldn't get pg...WRONG!! He told me the same thing, but I didn't trust that at all.

We started trying for #5 when DS #4 was 6 months old. He was still bfing at least 7 times a day....found out I was pg on the second cycle. I do have to agree with some of the comments about bfing while pg. It was so hard on me. I was SO exhausted because DS was still bfing several times a night. I complained to my MW that my joints were killing me and she recommended that I stop bf, which I did. It was amazing how the joint pain when away once I stopped bfing.

Deciding to try for another one while bfing is definitely a personal decision and not for everyone. I wouldn't change the fact that my two youngest are only 16 months apart...they are such great friends. I wish you luck!! Smile