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Old 07-20-2007, 11:29 AM
 
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New Mama, while my RE did mention prolactin levels as a concern, he didn't test them. I've read, though, that they only spike when you're actually nursing. Perhaps if you send Henry off with someone for a few hours before the test you'll have a better chance of testing low?

FWIW, we only put one (previously frozen) embryo in, too, and here I am, almost six months pregnant with Benjamin. Katie (my 28mo) still nurses at least 10x a day, even though there is zero milk.

Good luck!
Thanks for the response. It gives me hope! And congratulations again.

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Hi
I just thought I would bump this thread up and see if anyone has any new info about cycling while nursing.
I have a son who is 5 mo. from a DE cycle and I would like to cycle again early 2008 but I don't want to quit BF.
Anyone out there have any experience with this lately??
Thanks so much
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I am in the middle of a cycle right now -- hopefully my transfer will be the day after Labor Day. I will keep you posted!

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New Mama- That is great to hear! Could you tell me a little about your cycle?
My son was from a FET ... he was our last miracle embryo (the fresh cycle resulted in a BFN). SO,like Katies Mama said, it can happen!
I wish you the best of luck!! I will be following along!
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New Mama- That is great to hear! Could you tell me a little about your cycle?
My son was from a FET ... he was our last miracle embryo (the fresh cycle resulted in a BFN). SO,like Katies Mama said, it can happen!
I wish you the best of luck!! I will be following along!
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We did a fresh cycle to get pregnant with DS almost three years ago. We did pre-implantation genetic diagnosis on the blastocysts, and ended up with three viable embryos. Two were used -- one of which resulted in DS -- and one was frozen. We're not willing/able to afford another fresh cycle, so this is probably our last shot. (Although the whole reason we did infertility treatments was because I never menstruated/ovulated on my own, and I've now had three periods on my own since January. So I'm trying to hold on to hope that even if this doesn't work MAYBE I might get pregnant on my own.)

They induced a period with oral progesterone and now I'm taking estrogen orally. My baseline ultrasound was fine and my next ultrasound is next Tuesday. We start shots of progesterone next Wednesday, and then do the transfer the Tuesday after that.

And BTW, although DS is two, he nurses like a newborn! I'm considering nightweaning because it's seriously every few hours, all night long. My RE wasn't crazy about this but I think because she had no real proof that it would affect the transfer she reluctantly let me go ahead with it.

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Hi there, I too am starting a cycle. My dd is 27 months. I am doing an IVM cycle. All tests, b/s, u/s have come back as healthy, great, and normal. I know that if we didn't have fertility issues we would be pregnant. Bf'ing isn't the issue here and feel no need to stop just because we are being treated for fertility problems. I am so excited to get going!

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Hello Ladies
New Mama- So, did they leave the lupron out of your protocol?
Marlee- I have just heard a little about IVM. The clinic I cycled at is starting to use it, but just on women with PCOS, I think. It sounds like a wonderful change from the full IVF treatment.

Well, I am thinking of going to the Czech Rep. to do a DE cycle. I contacted the dr. there and he said that BF must be finished in order to cycle with him. Also, the clinic that I was thinking possibly changing to here in the US would want me to stop too, I have heard from other ladies.
I wouldn't cycle until DS is a year. It is so hard to know how I feel about this then. But, if I just don't feel like it is right to stop when the time comes to cycle, I guess I can always postpone the cycle. I just really feel like it will be hard for me to wean him at a year.
I guess I could also try to find a clinic that would let me continue BFing.
Anyway, I will pop in now and again to check and see how you two are doing! I wish you the best of success on your cycles!
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New Mama- So, did they leave the lupron out of your protocol?
No Lupron this time -- I can't remember what Lupron is for, actually. I'm only doing a frozen embryo transfer.

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[QUOTE=Gretchen123;8998875]
I wouldn't cycle until DS is a year. It is so hard to know how I feel about this then. But, if I just don't feel like it is right to stop when the time comes to cycle, I guess I can always postpone the cycle. I just really feel like it will be hard for me to wean him at a year.
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I hear you. I've postponed a cycle for over a year now - DD just turned 2. I'm still nursing, and I'm going to start a cycle in the next couple of months. I plan to neglect to tell the doctor that we're still nursing a couple of times a day. That's the advantage of waiting till your dc is a little older - if you're lucky, they won't be nursing as much and it will have less of an impact.

It's a tough decision - and I don't think there's any easy answers...

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Perdita- Good luck with your cycle too.. please keep us posted.
I am going to schedule my DE cycle for next April, right after DS turns 1 yr. Hopefully by then I can get him used to taking a bottle and I can stock up a supply of breastmilk. It will be interesting to see how I feel about this next year.
I talked to the nurse at the RE's office where I did my last DE cycle and she made me feel better about not being in a hurry to do the next cycle. I am 42 and she said my uterus would be just as receptive to a DE at 42, 43, or 44.

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Hey New Mama- How did your FET go? I am hoping all went well for you!
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Hey New Mama- How did your FET go? I am hoping all went well for you!
It went very well. My blood test is this Thursday. : :

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I wanted to let you guys know that my FET did not take. : I don't feel that it was the nursing, though...I think it was just not meant to be.

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I'm so sorry. Mine last October didn't take either, as you can see farther back in the thread. Are you going to try another cycle?
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I am sorry!

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Thanks, guys.

We don't have the money for another cycle. So right now I'm just trying to track my cycles and see if things might happen without medical help. We did IVF orignally because I never got a period or ovulated on my own, but I've had three periods since January (with no medical intervention). I really wonder if it wasn't a case of vitamin D deficiency (I'm taking high vitamin cod liver oil).

I'm also taking vitex, which is supposed to help women with irregular cycles.

So...who knows.

Thanks again! And good luck to all of us!

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I am in the exact same situation that you are all in! I have noone in my life with any fertility issues, let alone the hard dicision about weaning my 23 month old who is NOT even showing signs of slowing down, I'm in my late 30's, have always believed in child led weaning, but starting to think about having another child before the big 40 through IVF. Just to know you are all even out there helps me feel not so alone in this.
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I am in the exact same situation that you are all in! I have noone in my life with any fertility issues, let alone the hard dicision about weaning my 23 month old who is NOT even showing signs of slowing down, I'm in my late 30's, have always believed in child led weaning, but starting to think about having another child before the big 40 through IVF. Just to know you are all even out there helps me feel not so alone in this.
Don't let the fact that mine didn't work worry you. It's not a sure thing in any case, KWIM? One thing I wish I had done is had accupuncture treatments before doing the transfer -- I've heard good things about it since then. Good luck!

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Just wanted to revive this thread as we're planning a FET for August/September and as dd (from a fresh cycle) will only be 18 months at that time we're nowhere weaning. Additionally, I don't think I could cope with a BFN and having weaned her.

I did tell our RE that I am still nursing but she didn't seem overly concerned. As I got my first PPAF 3 months after delivery despite nursing around the clock she is confident that my prolactin isn't an issue. She also said that the only concern would be the impact of Lupron on my supply, as the other hormones occur naturally in the body anyways.

Of course, it makes me a little nervous that we might be jeopardizing our chances at success but I am trying to just suck that up and go with it - my dd still needs to nurse.

Anyone else out there cycling or planning to cycle while nursing?

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Last time I posted to this thread I was 6mo pregnant. . . now Ben is 8mo and we are still tandem nursing--in fact my daughter just started taking an interest in solids again after many months of existing almost entirely on breastmilk.

Good luck with your FET, Beth!
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Last time I posted to this thread I was 6mo pregnant. . . now Ben is 8mo and we are still tandem nursing--in fact my daughter just started taking an interest in solids again after many months of existing almost entirely on breastmilk.

Good luck with your FET, Beth!
Thanks!! You give me lots of hope - I would love to tandem nurse LC and a new baby.

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Hi ladies,

I am in the same boat--DD is from IVF, 21 mos, and is still nursing strong. We want to do an FET sometime, perhaps at the end of the year, but my RE (via his ARNP) says I must wean. I am going to talk more to him and ask that my prolactin levels be checked, but I'm feeling discouraged. My embies are 35 but I'm turning 38 in a few months.

Beth--have you done your transfer yet?

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Thanks goodness I found this thread. i have a 13 month old through IVF-FET- I can't imagine weaning my son, but we want to try again next year since we have 6 frozen embryoes and we are not getting any younger.

I have a very aggresive RE- I know what his reaction is going to be if I tell him I am nursing, but what I am trying to find out if there are any side affects for my son from the Lupron and Progesterine (sp?) if I was too nurse while undergoing this cycle

We also want the best chance for success.

I am trying to find any additional resources on this topic since this in not a topic widely discussed, etc.
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Susan--I had my appt Thurs and advocated for bfing--I had done a lot of research and found little, but enough to bolster my case. RE started out saying "definitely wean" but ten mins later said as long as we knew it MAY affect the implantation of embryo, he was okay w/it.

I will not wean DD for this crap, no way. and I really wanted to be honest w/RE about it.

I searched Pubmed, LLL, Kellymom, BFing/lactation texts. Here's what I learned: There are three stages PP moms go through--no ovulation (usually at least 6 mos if menses stopped and EBFing). Then a transition period where there are menses, but usually irregular, irreg CM changes. This is when ovulation is occurring but often there is an irregular luteal phase. This is when the combination of elevated prolactin and interrupted gonadotropin (from suckling) can interfere w/implantation of embryo and/or low progesterone that will not sustain new pregnancy. THEN the third phase is where bfing continues long enough for it not to affect fertility at all. The texts say "rarely" a women will be affected by BFing not to have preggo success until totally weaned.

I offered to have prolactin level checked, he agreed. I will have results Tues.

Feel free to PM me. It's a really heartbreaking choice to be told you have to make--nurse your child or prematurely wean her for shot at another one.

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Are you all still around? I have a 20 month old DS that is still nursing w/no end in sight, I mean he gets frantic when he sees me and wants to nurse (typically when he is sleepy, tired or hungry)...

I just completed a FET where I transferred two blasts. Unfortunately, it failed... A part of me is wondering whether or not the breastfeeding was a facter... I have been so encouraged to hear about the experiences of Katie's_Mama and others here...

Any new updates to share mamas?

Thank you all for sharing!

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I am sorry to hear you cycle did not take. We plan to do a FET in sept 09. We have 3 embryo's left. DD has been nursing once a day to sleep for the past week so I think she is weaning she is 15 months old. My RE said that DD needs to be weaned 90 days prior to the FET so the hormones level are normal(or so they can be fixed to become normal) I have PCOS so I never had regular cycles to begin with and she would like me to start metformin before the transfer. Both the RE, endo and ob/gyn had me stop met at the end of my first trimester and I can start it again when dd is weaned.

I have been looking for a thread like this. It is a hard struggle.

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