Want to get pregnant but still breastfeeding

If you have the desire to have your children close together in age, you might be considering getting pregnant while you are still breastfeeding. The problem with this is that it is actually really hard to get pregnant while breastfeeding. There are a few ways, however to increase your odds of conceiving while breastfeeding, and helping your ovulation return to normal.
These are a few things you can try to increase fertility and chances of getting pregnant while breastfeeding. Because the ConceiveEasy TTC kit is a 100% drug-free solution for conceiving sooner, it is safe to take it while breastfeeding.
Everyone is different and some need to stop breastfeeding in order to conceive and others conceive without ever having their cycle. When pregnancy occurs, certain hormones taper off, while others increase to maintain the pregnancy. Women who want to get pregnant can still breastfeed, but there are a few things that need to be done to prepare the body for pregnancy and to increase the chance for successful conception. Important Note: If you are nursing a baby that is under 9 months old, breastfeeding is more important than trying to conceive.
While you are thinking about conception, you should also be thinking about prepping your body for pregnancy. Natural herbs such as vitex, shatavari, red raspberry leaf, milk thistle seed, and milky oats may help prepare your body for pregnancy and are considered generally supportive and safe for use during lactation. Conception’s Tea contains herbs not intended for infants and small children, therefore should not be consumed while breastfeeding.
First of all, if a woman meets all the MAMA (breastfeeding and amenorrhea method) criteria, she only has a 1% chance of becoming pregnant. Also, it could be impossible to get pregnant when ovulation restarts because the luteal phase1 is too short. Finally, it has been noticed that breastfeeding women with normal luteal phases are still less prone to getting pregnant than women who do not breastfeed. I sit in my office with a woman before me – a mother to a toddler who is still breastfeeding. In most mothers, the temporary birth control that breastfeeding provides is thought to be caused by the effect of the baby suckling. The constant nipple stimulation during the first several months postpartum limits the release of lutenizing hormone (LH), which then suppresses ovulation. It is possible, however, that elevated prolactin can get in the way of making a new baby, since prolactin may also be elevated in those who feel rundown, or are experiencing thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, too much stress, not enough sleep, or poor nutrition. If so, you may want to consider weaning your little one (and adding some extra self-care) before trying to conceive again. I am sure that in my situation the Vitex helped my luteal phase defect caused by my breastfeeding! So, the longer you breastfeed, the longer you are likely to have difficulties getting pregnant.
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There are other ways of getting your body ready for fertility (some of which you’ve mentioned) feeding you child formula has NOTHING! With the second I weaned completely, but with the third I didn’t and was able to breastfeed three months into my next pregnancy.
It is important to note that these herbs may increase milk supply, so this may contradict your goal if you are weaning a baby from breastfeeding. You know that breastfeeding has considerable benefits that will have a positive impact throughout the child’s life. For some women, breastfeeding doesn’t have the same importance and the need to withdraw is already there. This built-in pregnancy prevention helps to keeps babies spaced at a healthy distance apart for the benefit of both mother and her children. I had zero issues getting pregnant the first time around, and my cycle returned when my baby was about 10 months old. Out of my own curiosity I too wondered if breastfeeding while pregnant can cause complications. When we thought about trying for a second child, around little boy’s 16 month mark, I did have one chemical pregnancy (only showed positive for a few days, then negative).
Some things to consider though – At 1 year, many babies are still nursing quite a bit. I was just discussing with my husband last night the science behind breastfeeding and all the hormones it releases & suppresses. Also, maybe while reading and pouring over the Internet I convinced myself that it would work but seriously it worked after the first month of taking it!!
I had one chemical pregnancy last October, around the time we began sleeping more through the nights, which was really a let-down. I wanted to tell you I started vitex in capsule form, a 40 mg blend of vitex extract, not the whole herb. You can start to ovulate around three months after you begin breastfeeding, but since your period doesn’t arrive until two weeks after you ovulate, you won’t know until it is too late! Some women have no problems getting pregnant while ovulating, and their ovulation returns fairly quickly. And now for a limited time, Try a FREE starter pack today & receive 20 FREE pregnancy tests and a FREE Digital BBT Thermometer!
With the fourth pregnancy, unfortunately I did miscarry after becoming pregnant while breast feeding and needed to wean, pass the fetus, and then try for another pregnancy. If any nipple stimulation through breastfeeding keeps you from returning to ovulation, then weaning will be the last option. With breastfeeding, you should be drinking a minimum of 2-3 liters of fluid to sustain your milk supply and 3-4 liters to promote the best environment to grow another baby. Some women breastfeed during pregnancy and will even breastfeed different-aged children simultaneously afterwards.
You can also decide to only  take your temperature but it'll be a lot less precise and leaves a lot of room to interpretation errors.
It has also been noticed that the cervical mucus is not as fertile during breastfeeding, which could explain part of it.

For some couples getting pregnant again can take time even after the woman has stopped breastfeeding. When my son was 16 months (and still nursing) we decided to try for another baby (I’m 32).
Kori below commented that she carried a baby to full term while breastfeeding, even against her practitioners advice. It is possible that breastfeeding may be preventing adequate progesterone for implantation to occur, despite the fact that you are ovulating. I am 39 and we’ve been trying to have a second for 3 months but my boy nurses so much that I suspect my prolactin levels are creating an unsuitable environment for implantation. That’s what we are going to talk about today, and try to give you the tips and tricks that you will need to get pregnant while you are breastfeeding.
Unfortunately, for some women, their ovulation cycles do not return to normal until they stop breastfeeding completely. Your baby will still have the nutrition they need and you will still have the bonding benefits with daytime feedings. For some, exclusively breastfeeding, also known as the Lactational Amenorrhea (LAM) is used as a form of contraception. All we know is that with time and the decrease of breastfeeding frequency, it is more probable for ovulation to restart. Turns out (for us, and for many) that abrupt weaning (I hate the term, but it just means non-gradual) would cause the least crying and the least anxiety for my son and I both.
I am in the boat of wanting to conceive as many as possible before I’m 40…so I will definitely be weaning at 18 mos with the next one and trying to conceive right away! I am still not having regular periods (they ate usually about 2 months apart), I have only had 3 so far. If you are breastfeeding day and night, it can be over a year or more before you start to get your period again. We keep trying, hoping to hit that first ovulation, but she is still feeding like crazy!!!! If any nipple stimulation through breastfeeding keeps you from returning to ovulation, then weaning will be the last option, but this is not recommended until the baby is at least 6 months old. I am really torn with wanting to continue nursing bit also feeling like it is stopping ovulation.
Now, I’m in my 7th month pregnancy and only this week finished breast feeding my daughter. Also, I started opk last month and got a positive test but then no pregnancy and still on period. My belly’s gotten a bit big for all this, but it still makes me teary to consider that my little girl no longer needs my milk.

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