How to Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding
on Oct 08, 2012
by Brittany Null
Are you breastfeeding but want to get pregnant with your next? It's not impossible. Find out what you need to know about how to get pregnant while 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. Is it even possible? How do you do it? 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. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The problem with this is that it is actually really hard to get pregnant while breastfeeding. Kind of like, almost impossible. Breastfeeding prevents pregnancy around an average of 98-99% of the time. But, that is not to say that it can’t happen. You are definitely less fertile, but not infertile, while you are breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding day and night, it can be over a year or more before you start to get your period again. However, if you are supplementing with formula, or if your baby doesn’t sleep with you and breastfeed during the night, your period usually will return within three to five months.
The general consensus is that breastfeeding halts the hormones that trigger ovulation. So, the longer you breastfeed, the longer you are likely to have difficulties getting pregnant. 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!
There are a few ways, however to increase your odds of conceiving while breastfeeding, and helping your ovulation return to normal. One of the first things you can try is night weaning, or going at least six hours overnight without nursing. This can help your ovulation to return and your hormones to get back to normal faster. Some other things you can do include supplementing breast milk with formula, starting the baby on cereals, or solids, and trying to limit or space out your daytime nursing as much as possible. Doing these things can sort of “trick” your body into thinking that you are no longer breastfeeding, and can get your regular ovulation cycles back faster.
These are a few things you can try to increase fertility and chances of getting pregnant while breastfeeding. Of course, there are no guarantees. Some women have no problems getting pregnant while ovulating, and their ovulation returns fairly quickly. Unfortunately, for some women, their ovulation cycles do not return to normal until they stop breastfeeding completely.
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Brittany lives in Kansas City, where she and her husband Austin are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. You can subscribe to their lively and entertaining YouTube Channel to follow along on their journey.