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June 16th, 2013, 08:36 AM
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Because I am EPing I have no idea when I can expect my period or next ovulation cycle. Information about it is conflicting. Some say pumping won't delay others say it can as long as my pump schedule is very robust (10 to 12 times a day).

Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm going to call my midwife this week to set up a BC appointment instead of waiting 6 weeks. I don't trust myself, lol. I'm feeling pretty good surprisingly.
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June 16th, 2013, 08:54 AM
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Pumping will cause it come back faster. The pump will never ever be as good as a babies nursing.

I would get on back up bc asap.
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June 16th, 2013, 09:33 AM
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Really - there is no way to know when it will come back. Even if you were EBF with baby to you, it could come back early. Unless you are OK with another little one, I would not have any unprotected sex - not even 2 weeks after birth. I told DH until he gets 2 good tests post the big V, I am using the mini-pill and he is using a condom. We have three perfect children. I do NOT want any more. Even though I am breastfeeding, too worried that it could happen. If you are OK with it happening, you may be willing to take the risk.
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June 16th, 2013, 11:05 AM
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I just read a couple articles that the earliest known first ovulation PP was 27 days. Apparently there is a push in the ob/gyn world to move up the first PP visit to 3 weeks instead of 6 since enough women will ovulate before 6 weeks. I never knew that.

@Sami how does pumping speed up the return of ovulation? Is it faster than for non-lactating women?
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June 16th, 2013, 12:17 PM
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I was pumping with DD and it didn't speed up ovulation cycle. My first AF was about 6 weeks PP and first ovulation afterward was at 8 weeks PP. And I think that even with exclusive breastfeeding you should always use protection unless you want another one. My uncle is exactly ten months younger than my dad because someone told my gran she couldn't get pregnant while breastfeeding or right away after you had a baby...well lol just goes to show old wives tales aren't true for everyone
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June 16th, 2013, 12:38 PM
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Also wanted to add that EBF will likely hold off ovulation if you are nursing every 3 hours. If you have a baby who sleeps through the night (or for like 5 hours), then the effect is less. So when they say EBF they assume that you are nursing every 3 hours. I know that Ellianna has been known to sleep 4 straight hours. I do not wake her up.
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June 16th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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I know someone who got pregnant twice that way, lol. The first time it was a "well, now you know" moment. The second time was pure "***?!"

I don't intend to use lactation as BC but I am concerned about my self-control. If I do end up getting Nexplanon I want the ordering process to start asap. I remember with Mirena that it took a couple of weeks. This is why I'm going to try to make an appt. this week instead of waiting.
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