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When did fertility return? [Mar. 31st, 2010|01:08 pm]
Using FAM/LAM while Breastfeeding

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DD is 9.5 months old and I have not started my cycles back yet. She is BF on demand when I'm home, and I pump usually 2, sometimes 3 times a day when I work, in addition to 3-4 nursing sessions on workdays (morning and 2-3 times in the evening.)
I haven't been great at remembering to check my CM daily, but I do at least 2-3 times a week and it's always sticky and cervix is low and firm. The only other thing I noticed is that my lower abdomen feels bloated/crampy, like AF is about to show, for a few days at a time on and off for the past several months. But I do have lower back/pelvis issues so maybe it's just general discomfort from that.
Anyway, DH is paranoid that I'm pg and don't even know it because of my lack of cycles. I did test at 3 months and 6 months pp just to be sure, but haven't since then (but I'm also not having any sympoms of pg either, so I'm not worried.) so we were just curious when cycles usually return, and also how often women get a warning period before return of fertility. And also is the cramping feeling on and off normal?
eta: I do have PCOS and have never had regular periods, and it took 3 years to concieve DD if that makes a difference. (although I've had a rash of friends recently that had trouble concieving their first get pg unexpectedly soon after.... )
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[User Picture]From: schneckerock
2010-03-31 06:54 pm (UTC)
it's my understanding that prior to 6 months you usually get a period before ovulating (while exclusively breastfeeding, that is), but after 6 months it can happen either way. as for when it'll happen, it's different for every woman, so there's no reason why now might not be the time for you, you know? keep an eye open, but take a pregnancy test first, just to be sure :)
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[User Picture]From: schneckerock
2010-03-31 06:56 pm (UTC)
also, pcos--isnt' that one of the things that can be fixed with pregnancy/birth? so I wouldn't bet on things being jsut as they were before.
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[User Picture]From: erinmdmd
2010-03-31 07:00 pm (UTC)
I ovulated at 21mo with my first. I ovulated at 6.5mo with my second.
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[User Picture]From: breathbox
2010-03-31 10:02 pm (UTC)
are you charting? i need to start.
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[User Picture]From: sueg
2010-03-31 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think 9-18 months is typical if you're doing full-time on-demand breastfeeding, and since you're working I'd assume it could be back anytime. For me it took 15 or 16 months to come back and I was BF on demand the whole time.
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[User Picture]From: breathbox
2010-03-31 10:02 pm (UTC)
i got my first "ppaf" sixty one days ago...my second, today. my daughter is 10.5 months and i have been tandem nursing pretty much the entire time, tho i am trying to phase out and wean my older son...

i did notice a lot of ramping up to af...lots of varying cm and ovulation type pains...but i still think i am not ovulating as indicated by my freakishly long cycle...

i do not have pcos tho, and am typically regular otherwise...
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[User Picture]From: tlew12778
2010-03-31 10:03 pm (UTC)
I think you'll get a wide range of answers here. I returned to work at 5 months pp but nursed and pumped on demand (I pumped when she had a bottle at home with nanny). DD was born 1/12/09 and I got AF 1/1/10. for many months I thought I was about to get AF based on CM and supply but she never showed. Finally I started temping again which is how i knew I was about to get AF again. It's been regular since and DD still nurses at least 5 times a day/night.
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[User Picture]From: dexypunk
2010-04-01 08:25 am (UTC)
I had a breakthrough cycle after four months and my periods came back proper just before 9 months. My cycles are really long though, it takes my body up to 22 days to psyche itself into ovulating.
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