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post #41 of 393
Hi! I haven't posted here in a couple months, but just thought I'd let you know I got a BFP on New Year's Eve at 9dpo on a Clearblue Digital! :

I think what made the difference for me was we reduced our nursing sessions from 20-30 times a day with a 4-5 hour break at night, to only nursing 5-9 times a day. So now we nurse first thing in the morning, before/after nap, before bed and a few times overnight.

Lots of baby dust! I know how hard it is to wait!
post #42 of 393
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Updated the list



CONGRATS jenmn


AMM~ I haven't been temping.

post #43 of 393
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I think what made the difference for me was we reduced our nursing sessions from 20-30 times a day with a 4-5 hour break at night, to only nursing 5-9 times a day. So now we nurse first thing in the morning, before/after nap, before bed and a few times overnight.
drop That's a lot, lol. That's more than DD did as a newborn. But I am imagining that a good portion of those sessions was pretty short? Oh and congrats on your BFP!
post #44 of 393
Hi there... I've been away from this thread for a few months... Still TTC month after month. It's been a year this time.
I don't undertand the opk's. I will get 2 lines but not dark enough. Does that mean I am ovulating or not??

Anyway, I'm Waiting To O.
post #45 of 393
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~updated to here~


Welcome quetinha I would suggest charting temps Fertility Planner it's free you just need to buy a basal therm.
Most opks the lines have to be at least equal darkness or as dark .
Heres a OPK Gallery



post #46 of 393
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I would suggest charting temps Fertility Planner it's free you just need to buy a basal therm.
Is it ever buggy for you? I chart there and FF (because I'm weird) and some days it is just annoying to have to reenter information, wait for screens to load, empty my cache, etc. I really like the interface though, and the daily "Fertility adviser" is a nice touch.
post #47 of 393
Hi! I'm here to join the list. I'm not sure where you'd put me -- waiting to catch the first egg or waiting to ovulate -- I'm both, I guess. [ETA: I figured it out. I'm waiting for the first egg, right?]

DS1 was born 11/06, and I got pregnant with DS2 in 5/07 while nursing pretty much full time (pumping three mornings a week when I was out of the house from 8-2) and without having a PP period. DS2 was born 1/08, and they're both still nursing. But this time I'm working full time -- as in, often away from 8-8 or later! I was sure that when I dropped most of my pumping sessions (I pump once a day, around 3pm -- DS2 nurses most of the night so he doesn't take much milk during the day and DS1 is on cow's milk when I'm gone) I'd start to ovulate right away, but it hasn't happened. I still haven't had a PP period and DS2 is almost a year old. There's nothing I can do, right? Is it because I'm nursing two? DS1 nurses at least as much as DS2 when I am home, but I'd think four days in a row every week with one pumping session during the day (sometimes I pump a second time, but only if I won't be home until 10 or so -- so 8-3 wihtout nursing) would do the trick.
post #48 of 393
I also have milk questions. DS I think is going through a growth spurt - he's been nursing like crazy. The odd thing is that now, when he's nursing on one breast the other one leaks. That never happened before. Maybe, maybe once in thw whole year I've been BFing. And now it happens fairly regularly. I know my supply must just be responding to his increased hunger, but I have not had full-feeling breasts in ages and now with the dripping... I was even able to hand express a few squirts, was never able to do that before either!
Anyone have this happen to them before?
post #49 of 393
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~updated list again~


ivymae~ Honestly I use the actual Ovusoft software that i paid a once time fee for. I recomended it since it's based off ovusoft and free. I've heard so many bad things about FF.

Dov'sMom~ Welcome. I put you under waiting to catch pp egg

post #50 of 393
Hi, i joined awhile back but didn't post much; i'd like to rejoin if i may. i'm 40 with a daughter 2 years 9 months old. she nurses quite a bit. i don't keep count. overnight maybe once or twice, morning for hunger, late morning for boredom sometimes, small bumps and whatnots, comfort nurses, nurses before nap, nurses after nap, ditto the morning for the afternoon, and then nurses before bed.

tonight she told me "empty" and it took me by shock. i am in the 2ww, af should be here by thursday at the latest. i told her to keep nursing anyway and it will come back. she actually told me "pump." i told her that's a good idea and i'll do it tomorrow (we were just nursing to sleep).

so i don't know if that means a) she nursed so much earlier this evening that she used it all up (she did a marathon nursing session for like an hour and a half) b) i'm premenstrual and therefore at "low tide" in terms of milk quantity or c) i'm pregnant.

which brings me to a question: do you all hope to keep nursing when you do get pregnant? i do. i'd welcome any advice from people who kept their kiddos on the breast (didn't wean) while pregnant-- what's the secret to keeping them interested if the milk dries up?

and i'm aware that it can be painful to the mom to nurse while pregnant. assuming i can "take the pain" what can i do if/when i'm pregnant to allow DD to keep going if she wants to? ie., tonight after the "empty" comment, i went downstairs and ate a bunch of oatmeal...

thanks!
post #51 of 393
Well, my DS was only 6 months old when the milk supply went down, but he never considered weaning -- he was/is SUUUUCH a nursaholic. The issue was much more how often he wanted to nurse and how hard he kept nursing b/c there was so little there.

Taking the pain -- for me, it only really hurt badly for about a week and then the pain just turned off. Keep hope.
post #52 of 393
My DD1 was 14 months old when I got pregnant with DD2, and nursed until I was 32weeks pregnant and there had not been milk for weeks. I really planned to tandem nurse, but my supply tanked at about 6 months pregnant, and nothing I could do seemed to pick it back up. Once her sister was born, i offered it to DD1 (and she asked to try it a few times) but in just a few months she had lost the suck reflex and would just put her mouth on the nipple and wait, looking around, like "Okay, turn it on." I was upset that she had weaned before I had planned, but it was a very gentle transition, and did not cause her any anxiety at all, despite the fact that she was a boobmonster (and refused to start solids until she was 18 months old).


I plan to nurse DD2 until she weans, and hopefully that doesn't happen prematurely due to pregnancy. The pain wasn't bad last time, but there were times during the day when I got 'touched out' more than I normally would. Baby would be kicking me from the inside, Ella would be pawing me while nursing, and I would sing the ABC's twice and then ask Ella to help me__fold laundry/do dishes/dance around in circles__. I didn't want her to associate my asking her to quit nursing with me being mad, but I just needed to have a square inch of my skin to myself sometimes.
post #53 of 393
Hope everyone had a good new year! I am waiting to O.....hope we get it this time!!!
post #54 of 393
Maybe an update for me!!!

So I got Vitex and took it for 3 days last week before guilting myself out if it. I just can't decide whether to help move Mother Nature along or to let things take their natural course. ds nurses all night long, and I have been very sad (and unhopeful) that I would ever get my period back.

Well. This morning when I went to the bathroom, I saw old blood when I wiped. Like, the kind I might remember having sometime during a period. The strange thing is, it's been so long that I don't remember when during a period you'd see old blood.

Does this mean I could start my period?! I'm trying not to get too excited - who knew I'd ever be so happy to see my period.
post #55 of 393
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MahnaMahna ~ I usually sometimes get old blood at the start of AF so it could be af getting ready to start.


I plan to nurse through pregnancy and tandem nurse. My son shows no signs of weaning anytime soon. If supply tanks then i'll try mothers milk to help get supply back.


post #56 of 393
Not to discourage you, but I remember doing a lot of research on ways to increase supply when pregnant b/c when my supply tanked DS refused to take a bottle, and what I found mostly confirmed that it's basically impossible to reverse pregnancy's effect on your supply. Some women don't lose supply at all, but if you do, the normal herbs won't help. It was a very serious issue for me, b/c my supply dropped very early (6-7 weeks -- DS was 6 months!) and until it tanked completely around 24 weeks, DS refused to supplement. Even with all our tricks to get fluid into him (I would tuck a bottle into his mouth when he was still drowsy and he'd suck until he realized what it was, we'd feed him cheerios with formula -- one cheerio to a spoonful of formula, I'd make a "solid" food with just barely enough solid so it didn't look like liquid (he was a smart cookie)) he was mildly dehydrated all those months until there was just NO milk and he HAD to drink.

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MahnaMahna ~ I usually sometimes get old blood at the start of AF so it could be af getting ready to start.


I plan to nurse through pregnancy and tandem nurse. My son shows no signs of weaning anytime soon. If supply tanks then i'll try mothers milk to help get supply back.


ETA: We did nurse through the pregnancy, despite having basically no milk from 24 weeks -34 weeks (when colostrum came in), and are still happily tandeming 11.5 months later.
post #57 of 393
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Dov'sMom~ I thought that if there was still some supply then drinking something like Mother's Milk could help boost supply so it wouldn't dry up totally in pregnancy.

i think i'm in the 2ww now was lazy this cycle with temping, and the only bd close to o day was a dud.

post #58 of 393
Kind of wanted to vent a little, see if others may feel like this at times. I just kind of want this time period to be over. It's so stressful always wondering where I'm at in a cycle, counting days, worrying, thinking and hoping, all the time! I'm just ready to be done with it and be able to not just bd because we HAVE to. Ready for the next stage I guess.

Really hoping this is the last cycle, though right now, it's not looking good. Yuck.

Julie
post #59 of 393
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Julie~ I feel like that right now also and still feeling jealous of my friend that is 14wks pregnant since she wasn't trying long and when she took a hpt she thought she was already 2wks late. She also got pg with her daughter without trying at all.

post #60 of 393
Congratulations, Jenmn!!

Simple Life-I completely understand what you are feeling...vent away! Sometimes I wonder if there will ever be a time when where I may be in my cycle is not a main thought in my head when bding

SoCaliMommy-It is hard to be excited or even just neutral to situations like that when you are trying so hard for what comes so easily (and even unexpectedly) to others. It seems there is no logic and reasoning in it all...I have just given up on trying to figure out why it happens that way and am working on just accepting it for what it is.

I had my positive OPK on the 30th, so I am hoping that I am 8dpo for my first pp cycle. I'm not feeling confident that this is the month for us or that af will even show up. After looking into it more, I did find out that you can have a positive OPK and still not ovulate. Most of you probably knew that, but it was news to me and kinda burst my bubble of excitement.
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