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NFP while breastfeeding?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
... can it be done?
post #2 of 5
absolutely! check out the Fertility and the LAM forums for details. There are a lot of posts on the topic already ---- as your fertility returns, there will be days on cm, but if you;re charting, you can often tell "how fertile" is fertile.

bets of luck -- and hang in there,
palmetto
post #3 of 5
Toni Weschler's book 'Taking Charge of Your Fertility' is the definitive guide to NFP, and she does include some info. about charting while breastfeeding. The regular NFP rules are modified in ways depending on how much/fully you're breastfeeding.

I would add, though, that there are situations where it is difficult if not impossible to use NFP. The transition period back to full fertility can last a long time and some women must consider themselves potentially fertile for much longer periods of time than others do. In my situation I had to consider myself fertile *all the time* for weeks and weeks on end (my son was 6-7 months old); so that method didn't work out for me.

In the first 6 months after childbirth you can use LAM instead of charting, which is very simple- as long as you breastfeed at least every 4 hours during the day and every 6 hours at night without supplements/pacifiers, AND your period hasn't yet returned, AND your child is less than 6 months old, there's only a 2% chance of pregnancy.

- Laura
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
thank you. i'll have to check out that book.
post #5 of 5
I'm tandem nursing and using FA. No problems except for where to keep my thermometer...
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