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July 16th, 2007, 01:12 PM
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From CeiCei's original post:
Since this board is about TTC and Breastfeeding I thought it would be helpful to include helpful information about nursing while pregnany, tandem nursing, and conceiving while nursing. If anyone has information that you would like to share with everyone, please post it here.




Do I have to temp?
Temp taking (basal body temperature) can be helpful for confirming if and when ovulation takes place. However, temping can be unreliable while breastfeeding, especially if you are co-sleeping or night nursing. The fastest and easiest way to track your fertility is to chart your cervical mucus (http://www.billings-centre.ab.ca/ ). During infertile breastfeeding phases, you will experience dry or sticky vaginal discharge day after day. As fertility begins to return ( http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/fe...ml#transition) your body will sporadically produce creamy, watery or egg white consistency cervical mucus. A good rule of thumb is to have intercourse on any day where watery or egg white cervical mucus is present. At some point, if conception has not occurred, you may want to start keeping a BBT chart, using OPKs or a saliva scope to help pinpoint if and when you are ovulating and also to help detect a luteal phase defect.

How do I know when I'm ovulating?
Typically, women experience watery, slippery, clear or egg white consistency cervical mucus around the time of ovulation. However, patches of fertile cervical mucus typically appear several times before the first ovulation, in a nursing mother. Simply take note of your cervical mucus when you use the toilet. You may begin to notice clear mucus on your underwear or toilet paper. Track your cervical mucus on a calender.


JM articles:
AF is late, test says negative, could you still be pregnant? - http://www.justmommies.com/articles/period...tive-test.shtml
How early can I test? - http://www.justmommies.com/articles/how-ea...an-i-test.shtml
Signs of Ovulation - http://www.justmommies.com/articles/...vulation.shtml

Non JM articles:
TTC while breastfeeding increasing your chances of having twins? - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/...60521103211.htm

Sites with information on TTC while Breastfeeding:
Boosting Fertility while Breastfeeding

Preconception: Trying to Conceive

Breastfeed.com: Trying to Conceive While Breastfeeding

Clomid while nursing: Is it safe?

Metrodin: Safe while nursing?

Babyzone.com: Breastfeeding and Trying to Conceive?

Kellymom.com: Nursing During Pregnancy & Tandem Nursing

Parenting.com: Dr. Sears How Can I Conceive While Breastfeeding?

UCB Parents: Getting Pregnant When You're Breastfeeding

Should I cut back on breastfeeding to try to ovulate?(Must be a Lamaze subscriber.)

Breastfeed.com: Can You Breastfeed Through a Pregnancy?

FertilityPlus.org: Low-Tech Ways to Help You Conceive

Trying To Conceive while Breastfeeding

About Vitex

A great article about night-weaning in a family bed. Night-weaning has been proven to bring on ppaf for some women.

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May 16th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Another useful link:

Belly Tales Ovulating while breastfeeding
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Seperated June 2010 from my husband. One daughter DOB 26/07/2006. BFP 06/01/2011, due september but 'high risk' for premature birth.

Hi. Im Jolene. 31 years old. I suffered three years of a short luteal phase and didnt think I could get pregnant again without medical assistance but fell pregnant by accident and naturally. I am really happy and excited to be having a baby although knowing Im going it alone this time is a bit daunting and scary!
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February 18th, 2014, 07:59 AM
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Very helpful links! Thanks a bunch!
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