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Did you ovulate while breastfeeding?

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#1 123Babies4Me

Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:02 AM

In the past, I have found it very easy to fall pregnant while not breastfeeding. However when I was breastfeeding DS I had no luck (AF returned at 8.5 months, but I didn't fall pg until I stopped bfing at 13 months). I wasn't using OPKs or charting at the time, so I can't be sure what was happening, but I do wonder whether perhaps I wasn't Oing at all and thats why it didn't work (it could have also been luck of the draw, I guess).

I was wondering if anyone knows for sure whether they ovulated during breastfeeding? Did you have any anovulatory cycles?

I also remember reading somewhere that if your cycle was a certain length it was unlikely you ovulated. My cycles started out quite long (the first one was 42 days) but they got shorter each month.

#2 123Babies4Me

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:35 PM

Bump - not sure if anyone will have an answer to this one...

#3 cinnabubble

Posted 28 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

Yes. Once my period returned (13 weeks and 6.5 months) I ovulated.

#4 Mumma_A

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

I am very interested in this too... I am still bfeeding my 20month old and am struggling to fall.

I reguarly track my cycle and have been DTD when I should be Ovulating but still nothing... sad.gif

#5 blenheim

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:03 PM

Yes.  I have very clear ovulation signs (and know my cycle well due to 2+ years of TTC) - definitely ovulated while BF.

#6 lclb

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:07 PM

Yes as soon as my period returned at 7 months I ovulated each cycle (didn't ovulate pre pregnancy due to PCOS so I was well aware it was happening). I fell pregnant whilst still bf 12  months after my child was born.

#7 Mudpie

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

I definitely ovulated while breastfeeding as I fell pregnant with my next child. Some people don't though or don't for a while which is meant to help with natural spacing. It is a complicated system with no hard and fast rules.

Edited by Mudpie, 19 February 2013 - 12:10 PM.

#8 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:11 PM


I got pregnant three times while BF my eldest, one resulted in my second DS and I have ovulated while BF him (though we are actively avoiding pregnancy now!)

#9 Bluenomi

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:11 PM

I'm pretty sure I was ovulating but wasn't ttcing so don't know for sure. But my cycles were all over the place so I suspect if I was trying to get pregnant it would have been tricky.

#10 123Babies4Me

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

Hi ladies - thanks for your responses! Its always nice to log into EB and see one of your topics as one of the most recently discussed! DD is now almost 10 months and AF is still yet to arrive, although I have plenty of discharge that I would normally associate with either O or pg (so much so I have briefly pondered using a HPT to check, but can't convince myself to do it since I think the chances are so remote!!)

I guess another thing that could have been happening while I was breastfeeding DS is I could have had a short luteal phase, which is apparently quite common while breastfeeding.

#11 noi'mnot

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:14 PM

Most people do ovulate regularly after a few cycles. Breastfeeding can affect the luteal phase, sometimes making it shorter.

There is some great info here about breastfeeding and fertility.

ETA: I became pregnant whilst breastfeeding, after about six cycles I think.

Edited by noi'mnot, 19 February 2013 - 12:30 PM.

#12 Cranky Kitten

Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

Yep, the first few cycles after AF's return were a bit wonky and I don't think I o'd for them, but fell with bellybabe on my 4th cycle, so I obviously did O on that one. DS was still feeding quite a bit at that stage, he's cut right back as my supply has diminished with pregnancy.

Fingers crossed your cycle sorts itself out for you original.gif

#13 HurryUpAlready

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Yes, definitely, as I'm currently pregnant after falling when DD was 10.5 months old and still breastfeeding about 3 times per day.

My cycle was hard to predict (the length varied each month, therefore O was hard to predict), so I just DTD every 2nd day from day 12 onwards. It only took one cycle of using that method to fall (previously I thought I knew when I would O but was obviously getting it wrong).

ETA: just thought I would add that if I had have known how painful breastfeeding would be whilst pregnant, I would have weaned first!

Edited by HurryUpAlready, 19 February 2013 - 04:51 PM.

#14 CallMeFeral

Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

My period returned at 3 months post birth (fully breastfeeding), at 4 months I was pregnant.

#15 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:03 PM

Yes. My cycle returned when DS was 4 months old. I started using OPKs as we wanted to start TTC as soon as possible. I had a short luteal phase for several cycles before I fell pregnant with this baby. All in all it took 6 months for my luteal phase to correct itself an I fell pregnant on my 8th cycle.

DS at that time was breastfeeding ten billion times a day and night.

Good luck OP!

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