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February 5th, 2011, 08:07 AM
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Hi ladies...any help would be greatly appreciated! My son Nicholas is now 8&1/2 months old. I've been EBFing and have recently cut my feeds down and am supplementing with baby food/formula and he is sleeping through the night. I have not gotten an AF yet. We really want to start ttc #2 b/c were a lil older! This month I finally noticed some CM then some EWCM...so I followed it and took an OPK and got a + this morning. I don't have any type of PCOS or any ovarian issues. I'm wondering if I can get a LH surge without ovulating and if breastfeeding can effect this?
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February 10th, 2011, 08:37 AM
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Yes, you can get an LH surge and not ovulate - that's true when you're not breastfeeding too. An LH surge means your body is trying to ovulate, but it doesn't guarantee that it will.

When your fertility is returning PP while BFing, it's normal for your body to warm up a few times before ovulation is finally successful. You can track CM to tell the difference between a "warm up" and successful ovulation.

After baby is 6 months of age, it's more likely that you'll ovulate before your first PP AF.
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June 14th, 2011, 03:20 PM
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Yes, you can get an LH surge and not ovulate - that's true when you're not breastfeeding too. An LH surge means your body is trying to ovulate, but it doesn't guarantee that it will.

When your fertility is returning PP while BFing, it's normal for your body to warm up a few times before ovulation is finally successful. You can track CM to tell the difference between a "warm up" and successful ovulation.After baby is 6 months of age, it's more likely that you'll ovulate before your first PP AF.


I am curious as to how you can tell the difference between a "warm-up" and actually ovulating by observing your CM. What would the difference be? I just had my first PPAF which was heavy and 6 days. I had patches of blatant EWCM for a couple months leading up to this first AF at 7 1/2 months PP. I do plan on using an OPK this cycle even though I am not positive what the length of my cycle will be.


GOOD LUCK OP! With all the changes you've made in your fedding habits, my guess would be AF should be trying to come on soon.
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June 14th, 2011, 04:32 PM
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It's really best to learn to interpret your CM patterns with an instructor to be really confident about telling the difference. But basically, you track sensation or how the CM makes you feel when you walk around. Keep a written record. When ovulation is successful, the CM pattern will:

1. Develop and change (for a minimum of 3 days)
2. Become slippery or lubricative
3. Dry up abruptly

If the pattern doesn't do all 3 of those things, in that order, it was likely a "warm up" rather than successful ovulation. Even with gobs of obvious EWCM, if there's no developing changing pattern first or if it never produces a slippery sensation or if there's no abrupt dry up - it's considered a warm up. EWCM is produced by high estrogen levels, which can happen during a warm up.
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June 14th, 2011, 08:46 PM
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It's really best to learn to interpret your CM patterns with an instructor to be really confident about telling the difference. But basically, you track sensation or how the CM makes you feel when you walk around. Keep a written record. When ovulation is successful, the CM pattern will:

1. Develop and change (for a minimum of 3 days)
2. Become slippery or lubricative
3. Dry up abruptly

If the pattern doesn't do all 3 of those things, in that order, it was likely a "warm up" rather than successful ovulation. Even with gobs of obvious EWCM, if there's no developing changing pattern first or if it never produces a slippery sensation or if there's no abrupt dry up - it's considered a warm up. EWCM is produced by high estrogen levels, which can happen during a warm up.


Thanks for clearing that up some for me.... I am pretty sure I have been missing the 3rd step..... hopefully my body won't take too long to get back into gear.
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