C.G. asks from Leesburg, VA on January 14, 2009
Getting Pregnant While Breastfeeding - Leesburg,VA
My husband and I are so fortunate to have a beautiful little girl who is 9 months old. I am breastfeeding her but we would like to get pregnant again. Our daughter does not sleep well at all which is another problem in it of itself. Which means she is still nursing alot at night. I have not gotten my period back yet either. My husband is significantly older then me so we would like to get started on #2. My question is without your period is it impossiable to get pregnant? I would like to nurse my daughter for as long as she can go, however, clearly it is affecting my fertility. I always thought I would have children who were close in age. I don't want to rush nature but ultimately I would like to have 3 children. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
A.B. answers from Charlottesville on January 15, 2009
I got pregnant while breastfeeding, at the time, my 7 month old and had not gotten my period back yet. He was still getting up in the night as well. When I found out I was 1 month pregnant, I decided to let my boy cry it out since I knew I could not breastfeed b/c I was exhausted trying to bf and carry another child. Plus getting up just that one time in the night was just adding on the the tiredness. Also, at 7,8,9 months, they should be sleeping through the night. It had just been a bad habit. So after three nights of crying it out, he has slept through the night and almost 12! he is a great sleeper and always has been! I hope this helps. A.
D.H. answers from Richmond on January 15, 2009
The answer is a definite yes, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding. A long time ago, I got pregnant with #3 while breastfeeding #2 and had no period between. Morning sickness was my indication and the doctor thought the pregnancy was ectopic. The ultrasound showed she was in the right location. Lesson learned from me that you CAN conceive while breastfeeding and not have a period.
I hope it happens soon for you. Good luck.
K.F. answers from Washington DC on January 15, 2009
L.Z. answers from Tampa on January 15, 2009
I was breastfeeding my four month old boy when I got pregnant with my daughter. It can happen and I was not on a pill and did not have my period back at that time. You may just need to keep trying and let nature take its course. I was no longer able to breastfeed my son after I got pregnant, I was not able to produce enough milk to satisfy him. But you can definitely get pregnant while breastfeeding.
K.W. answers from Washington DC on January 15, 2009
Like many others, I conceived while still breastfeeding, though my 7 mo was sleeping through the night, but I've since learned that that doesn't necessarily mean anything about fertility. I would recommend reading the Garden of Fertility, a great book that helps you learn how to recognize your own fertility. It can go hand in hand with visits to the OB, etc. but will also give you much more understanding/knowledge than an ob might. Particularly, you will see if your body has started a fertile cycle again or not, which is an important first step in understanding how/when you might get pregnant.
Best of luck!
P.F. answers from Washington DC on January 15, 2009
I would not worry about not having your period yet. Just because it hasn't returned does not mean you are not fertile. My neighbor went in for her six week check up after having her daughter and found out she was four weeks pregnant. That means she got pregnant two weeks after giving birth. Oh and yes she was nursing. So don't believe that you can't get pregnant while nursing or without getting your period back. I wish you the best of luck and God bless.
S.B. answers from Richmond on January 14, 2009
YES, it's completely possible to get pregnant. it makes absolutely no difference that you have not had a period yet. you can still be fertile. why don't you try to pick up some digital ovulation tests to see for yourself?
C.C. answers from Norfolk on January 29, 2009
Hi! I got pregnant while I was breastfeeding my 4 month old baby. Every woman is different and definetely ask your doctor for advice. I know more cases of other moms that were in the same situation.
A.H. answers from Washington DC on January 18, 2009
with my first child my period came when she was 8 months old and by the time she was 9 months old I found out I was pregnant...I am no expert, but I've never gotten pregnant without first having a period...but that's not to say it doesn't happen. Nursing will postpone a period...and once I was pregnant with my second my baby didn't want to nurse. So if you want to keep nursing I agree with a previous post to hold off then till about 12 months and wean, but I'd seek the advice of your OB as well!
A.V. answers from Washington DC on January 14, 2009
I personally know two mothers who were BFing and on the mini-pill and still managed to get pregnant. So, yes, it's possible.
In your shoes, I'd probably talk to your OB about your options and if there are any concerns particular to you (like if you had a tough delivery or any complications) that would prevent you from trying at this time.