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I'm Jacque, 30, and DH is Jason, 31. We are the proud parents of Annalise, born 8/28/11, and her big brother, Matthew, who was stillborn on 7/1/10. I am researching NFP/FAM from a postpartum viewpoint. I charted in order to get pregnant with both Annalise and Matthew successfully, but I don't know how to begin charting from a postpartum viewpoint. Annalise is getting both BM and formula as I have a low milk supply and despite multiple visits to a lactation specialist and several herbs/medications, it hasn't increased enough to not supplement. Any help would be greatly appreciated- I haven't gotten my first pp AF- I thought maybe I saw some EWCM once, but it went away quickly so I don't know. Thanks, ladies!
Annalise is hoping to be a big sister on June 28, 2014. Forever missing her big brother, Matthew, stillborn on July 1, 2010.
Welcome to the board! Hugs on losing Matthew too soon, and congratulations on Annalise! I've always loved that name!
As for PP charting, since you are supplementing with formula - there's just a higher chance that you'll ovulate before your first PP AF. So at this point, if you observe any type of CM or spotting/bleeding - consider yourself fertile while it is present and for 3 days after it stops.
Really, the simplest way to learn it all is by working with an instructor. You can work with one online, face to face, until you're confident in it all. Simply decide which method you think would suit you best and then get in tough with someone who teaches it. We can help with that! Here is an overview of all the different types of NFP: http://www.catholicmom.com/nfp_methods.pdf
We've used the Billings Ovulation Method while post partum 4 times now and it's kept things fairly simple.
For FAM, you can refer to the Taking Charge of Your Fertility book. It doesn't go into a lot of detail with PP charting, but there is should be enough information inthere to get you through until your cycles become more regular.