Okay, here's my "artilcle": :LOL
Ok, I'm here. *Ahem* And now for a few words on luteal phases... :LOL
Let's see. First, read Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition. I found that *very* helpful. I take 2 balanced (i.e. more folic acid) B-100 tablets a day. B-6 is the crucial element here, but you shouldn't take it in isolation. Nutrition is about balance. I can't help with Vitex, but others here take it and can advise you.
Remember that the goal is not to lengthen your LP. It is to create a state of health and balance where your body is functioning at optimum levels. As nursing moms, we have a lot higher nutritional demands. Also, if you eat a lot of caffeine, sugar and processed foods, you are depleting your body of B vitamins. That was a real wake-up call to me - I'm eating all of this crap, then taking vitamins to replace what I'm losing? How does that make sense? :LOL
My #1 resource is www.kellymom.com
. There's a great section on Breastfeeding and Pregnancy there. I did a little research on LP in bfing moms, as well.
There's not a lot of info out there about the luteal phase deficiency aspect of the transition to fertility for nursing moms. Most sites only discuss ovulation. I did a search on PubMed, and here's what I found:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q..._uids=12311528
Especially this bit: "45% of the completed menstrual cycles during lactation were anovular and of the 55% which were ovular, many were associated with defective luteal phases. " I don't know how long they monitored the women, as the full text wasn't available, but it does make me feel better that I"m not the only one ovulating and having a short LP.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q..._uids=11589131
General discussion of return to fertility.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/q...t_uids=8324608
"When ovulatory cycles associated with adequate luteal phases were considered, the corresponding figures were 13.8% at 6 months and 37.5% at 12 months." That means that at 12 months postpartum, only 37.5% of women had both ovulation and adequate luteal phases to support implantation. Make you feel any better? Does me.