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24 Responses to Trying to Conceive while Breastfeeding

  1. Lauren  

    Great answers! I know when you feel that drive to TTC, waiting can be so agonizing. Here’s hoping the timing works out the best way possible for the ask-er and her family.

    Having breastfed through a pregnancy, though, I think I’ll wait awhile before we try again. 🙂

  2. cyndie  

    wow, i could have asked that question. mine is an 8 month old though. we are wanting number 2, but i also dont want to stop nursing. we co-sleep so we nurse all night, so i think we are not going to be successful for a while. i love the bond with my son and dont want to change it!

    • Chrissy

      I’m right there with you… I want another one as soon as possible (I’m 39 yrs. old), but we co-sleep and my son and I are enjoying the bond we share very much, don’t want to give that up any sooner than needed.

  3. Amy

    Thanks for this article…and the nursing tank giveaway!

  4. Denise

    Could breastfeeding still affect fertility if nursing isn’t frequent? My husband & I have been TTC for 8 months, and I am nursing our 2yr old (she’ll be 2 in 2 weeks!). We’ve cut nursing down to just bed time (naps & at night), but she’ll often stay latched on for most of the night. I’m REALLY hoping baby #2 can come about without having to stop breastfeeding altogether.

  5. T

    So glad you’re not a health professional!! Your advice is opposite of my OB who specializes in fertility and natural family planning. 6 months is the ideal time to start trying and even more optimal than 2 years. AND there are NO certain positions that aid in that..

  6. Aynot

    My husband and I are trying to conceive baby #2. We have a 13 month old daughter and I am still breast feeding her several times a day and at bedtime. My cycles returned when she was 9 months old, but have been less often than usual. They used to be 30-32 days, now they are more variable and wider spaced like 34-37 days. I love my breast feeding relationship with my daughter and don’t want to give that up, but we also want to conceive again since we are older and want children relatively close together. We haven’t had problems conceiving in the past, we concieved the first only after a month (although he died at birth) and my daughter was concieved after 4 months. I prefer to not wean my daughter but also want to conceive relatively soon. Any suggestions?

  7. A

    I was breastfeeding my baby day and night and I got my period back 8 weeks after I delivered, and I conceived when she was 3 months old. Babies are going to be a year apart. I hadn’t given her even one ounce of formula or anything aside from breastmilk. I think that very single woman’s body is different, but when I think about it, maybe because I pumped and fed sometimes that contributed to earlier fertility? Either way, anyone wanting to become pregnant early should know that the majority of woman have a major decrease in milk while pregnant, and that was extremely upsetting to me that I wasn’t able to fully nurse my other baby after I conceived. That is why many nursing mothers try to space the kids as it was really hard in me to start giving supplements, and was annoying to have to have the baby get used to bottles (takes a while), and it mixed up her sleeping and it is hard. I think that is something important to know before conceiving again.

  8. MeMeP

    I EBF my oldest and got my period 8 weeks after her birth. but I also pumped bottles for her. when she was 3 months old I became pregnant with my 2nd oldest. maintained an OVERSUPPLY throughout the pregnancy. never had to use formula. my milk never switched back to colostrum before the birth of my 2nd daughter either which I was told it should. When they were 3 and 4 I had my 6 month old. I got my period back at 8 weeks with him. never pump. have been having unprotected sex since February and now its July. why am I not pregnant yet? so confused. when I had my son I had my period march 29 which meant 2 weeks after is April 12. so I had sex that day and ban first try. and my oldest was conceives the night I lost my virginity so I know I am fertile. what gives?

  9. MaeAnn Fuentes

    I am just a poor girl from the Philippines. My Mum and Dad are farmers who got married when she was 16 and he was 18. They had 16 kids. in 16 years, no twins., just 1 baby every year. i am the number 6. We are all born in June and July. My mum breast fed us all as we had no money for milk or anything else.

    So it is possible. At least for my family.

  10. Michelle

    I’m trying to get pregnant my daughter is 3 months old how do I get pregnant during this time if I frequently breastfeed?

  11. aiza  

    I have 7 months old baby boy now, my milk has drop when his around 6 and half months old, can be possible that im pregnant even though my period didn’t come yet???

  12. tasmia  

    My twins are 1year old both are still breastfeeding. And I just found out I’m 8weeks pregnant we are happy my oldest is 5years girl my twins are 1 also girls now waiting for doctor to confirm if we are having twins again but this pregnancy feels real good no morning sickness yet

  13. naiyra

    Breastfeeding my 6 month old baby and want to conceive again. What should I do. I became 35 this July . Please help if anyone can suggest. …

  14. Rasod

    I weaned my daughter when she was 3weeks and she was 2months 3weeks when I had unprotected sex. My menstrual circle isn’t back yet and I think that I’m pregnant again, how possible is that? Stressed!

  15. Jennifer

    I have a 15 month old son… My husband and I want another baby. He is not EBF he eats regular meals and only Bf to go to bed and first thing when he wakes up. I had one period over 2 months ago but nothing since, I’m not pregnant. And have returned to having zero cervical mucus. Using ovulation strips and nothing- no positives in ovulation. Trying to not get discouraged but I’m 32 and would like a couple more kids. We had no trouble conceiving our son so I’m not sure what is going on…. ???? I feel like something is wrong with me.

  16. autumn Garcia-Hernandez

    My aon is 4 months old and he is ebf but i am wanting another child asap!! Im wanting my children close in age but it took 1.5 yrs to pregnant with him. I have not started my menstrual yet. Someone help plz!

  17. luna

    i am currently bf my soon to be 5 month old son. have had periods in random times. he is not exclusively breast fed but does feed often. we co sleep as well. been having un protected sex and wanting another baby asap. any suggestions?

  18. zhell  

    do hepavax-gene while breastfeeding trhe mother is effects the baby?

  19. Anthonia

    Am breastfeeding my 7 months Old ,my period came 2 weeks after her birth,i dont breadfeed at night ,since last 2 months i hv tried to concieve baby#2 but couldn’t loss help