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July 30th, 2007, 02:53 PM
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Hello! I'm Sarah.. Proud mommy of 2 girls.... I'm very interested in NFP, although I guess I need to research it a bit more, because I'm not even sure where to start with it... Anyway, my youngest daughter is 10 weeks old. She is exclusively BF. I have not yet had a period since her birth, but yesterday and today, I have noticed that It seems like I'm ovulating. I've had a a little bit of cramping, and a lot of .. sorry, TMI...... discharge.. like, the clear string stuff... so sorry, I'll learn better terms soon... Anyway, my question is, can I be ovulating while breastfeeding? Can I O before I get AF back? I guess this is something that I would need to keep track of, if I am indeed ovulating... Also, can anyone lead me to a site or a book that would help me learn how to do NFP? I really appreciate any advice. I look forward to getting to know everyone. Sarah
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July 30th, 2007, 03:24 PM
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Welcome Sarah! To answer your questions:

Anyway, my question is, can I be ovulating while breastfeeding?

Yes! However, the chances of pregnancy while breastfeeding are less than 2% if the following criteria are met:
1. Baby gets ALL nutrition at the breast (no bottles, no formula)
2. Baby is less than 6 months of age
3. Mom has had no bleeding or spotting after 56 days post partum

If any of those is not met, then to avoid pregnancy you need to be charting to watch for signs of fertility.

Can I O before I get AF back?

YES you can!

Also, can anyone lead me to a site or a book that would help me learn how to do NFP?

There are several good books out there, but because breastfeeding is one of the most challenging times to chart - I highly reccomend learning a form of NFP from a certified instructor. It can be very confusing trying to figure it all out on your own (even with a good book), but having a teacher to walk you through the process will reduce that confusion significantly. A book can't tell when you have misunderstood something the way a teacher can by going over your charts with you.

To learn about the different forms of NFP to decide which one might suit you best, check out the Resource sticky in this forum. At the bottom, there is an NFP Method Comparison page that lists all the different methods of NFP and how they work. From there, we can help you track down the nearest instructor if applicable! All of the NFP websites are also listed on that page.

It's hard to comment on the discharge you describe, because many breastfeeding Moms have vaginal discharge that is a lot like cervical mucus. Only proper evaluation of your mucus patterns will help you determine what is truly fertile for you, and what might just be an infertile vaginal discharge. An instructor in a mucus-only method such as Billings or Creighton can help you with that!

Reccomended reading:

The Billings Ovulation Method by Dr. Lyn Billings and Ann Westmore
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (it covers breastfeeding briefly, but it doesn't really get into the nitty gritty of how to avoid pregnancy when charting is more complicated)

Hope that helps!
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July 30th, 2007, 10:45 PM
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Quote:
Welcome Sarah! To answer your questions:

Anyway, my question is, can I be ovulating while breastfeeding?

Yes! However, the chances of pregnancy while breastfeeding are less than 2% if the following criteria are met:
1. Baby gets ALL nutrition at the breast (no bottles, no formula)
2. Baby is less than 6 months of age
3. Mom has had no bleeding or spotting after 56 days post partum

If any of those is not met, then to avoid pregnancy you need to be charting to watch for signs of fertility.

Can I O before I get AF back?

YES you can!

Also, can anyone lead me to a site or a book that would help me learn how to do NFP?

There are several good books out there, but because breastfeeding is one of the most challenging times to chart - I highly reccomend learning a form of NFP from a certified instructor. It can be very confusing trying to figure it all out on your own (even with a good book), but having a teacher to walk you through the process will reduce that confusion significantly. A book can't tell when you have misunderstood something the way a teacher can by going over your charts with you.

To learn about the different forms of NFP to decide which one might suit you best, check out the Resource sticky in this forum. At the bottom, there is an NFP Method Comparison page that lists all the different methods of NFP and how they work. From there, we can help you track down the nearest instructor if applicable! All of the NFP websites are also listed on that page.

It's hard to comment on the discharge you describe, because many breastfeeding Moms have vaginal discharge that is a lot like cervical mucus. Only proper evaluation of your mucus patterns will help you determine what is truly fertile for you, and what might just be an infertile vaginal discharge. An instructor in a mucus-only method such as Billings or Creighton can help you with that!

Reccomended reading:

The Billings Ovulation Method by Dr. Lyn Billings and Ann Westmore
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler (it covers breastfeeding briefly, but it doesn't really get into the nitty gritty of how to avoid pregnancy when charting is more complicated)

Hope that helps![/b]
Wow, I really appreciate all of your help! Thank you so much!
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