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June 12th, 2009, 07:30 PM
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I have been EBF my two (almost three) month old. Two weeks ago I had some light spotting and cramping. After that I have had mild but continuous cramping and some mild, thin discharge. Today I had some mucousy discharge. I tried to look up mucous discharge and the info said it is either infertile mucous or fertile mucous? I have no idea what the difference is, my concern is that two weeks seems a long time to be crampy. Maybe it is just PMS? You'd think by kid number 4 I'd have all the answers, but you never do... I just do not want to be pregnant and want to be reassured that this is completely normal. I'd POAS but DH might have a stroke if he saw a pregnancy test
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June 13th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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It is completely normal, but it's also a sign that your fertility may be returning. If you have any spotting/bleeding after 56 days post partum, you can no longer count on breastfeeding infertility to be effective.

Every woman's CM patterns are unique to her, so the only way to to tell the difference between infertile discharge and fertile CM is to chart carefully for 2 - 4 weeks without genital contact and then have a charting instructor help you determine what is fertile for you, and what isn't. At first, you have to consider any discharge you feel or see to be potentially fertile. 2-4 weeks of CM gives a baseline so you can figure out which is truly fertile and which isn't. It's also normal to be crampy while your body starts to return to full fertility.

Hope that helps! If any of it is confusing, don't be afraid to keep asking questions until it all makes sense!
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June 13th, 2009, 06:04 PM
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That was helpful to me too Shawna...

Though have a question for you? What normally was your first sign that you were fertile again after you had your babes? Like did you spot or did you just notice the cm, etc?
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June 13th, 2009, 09:16 PM
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It can be either one. Basically, if you meet all 3 conditions for LAM - you only need to worry about spotting, because it means LAM is over. If you don't meet all 3 conditions for LAM, CM and spotting are both potentially fertile.
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