Getting Pregnant While Breastfeeding

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I had a baby 7 months ago and am on the pill currently, but I was wondering how would I go about getting pregnant again.

I don't know if I'm ovulating as I breastfeed with starting the baby on other foods as well. Would I be ovulating on the same schedule as I did before I got pregnant? It only took a month of trying before I got pregnant the first time so if that was the case I'd have a general idea of when I'm fertile. Right now I have no clue.

Thanks a bunch.

ANSWER

If you are on the breastfeeding pill (progesterone only, such as Micronor or Nor-QD) or the regular pill (estrogen and progesterone), you are not ovulating. If you are continuing to breastfeed, it *might* take you a little time to start ovulating again. When you're ready, just go off the pills and good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.