I'm new to FAM and just read Taking Charge of your Fertility but was a bit confused about her section on breastfeeding. It said that its difficult to do FAM while nursing if your period has come back, but didn't mention any problems for a nursing mom whose periods have returned.
DD is 7 months old now and nurses around 4-5 times a day and is waking to feed every 2-3 hours at night. My period came back 6 weeks pp despite me EBFing her, and since then have been pretty regular. I'm just wondering if nursing so frequently is going to give me abnormal temperature readings or if there's anything else to look out for?
Sorry it took so long for me to respond.
My DD was much older when we were using FAM, but she was still nursing through the night. I found that even not sleeping the recommended uninterrupted time AND taking my temp at different times (I didn't set an alarm) it still worked for me.
Have you had any success or what have you been doing?
I have found this too. My daughter is 11 months old. I tried temping for a little while when she was younger in hopes of catching that first post-partum ovulation, but I got bored. I did learn this in the process, though. Now I am cycling again. So now most days I do wake at some point between 5 and 6:30, and I temp then, whenever it might be. Usually she is starting to stir at this time and it takes her a bit of time to get wound up, which is long enough for the thermometer to register.
Your mileage may vary, but it's worth giving it a try making the fewest changes from now. If you don't get usable numbers then you can consider making changes.
Gah! I got my cycle back at 8 weeks PP and I started temping again as we very much are avoiding right now. I'm SUPER regular back to my old cycle but I'm NOT getting the temp shifts. So I don't know what to do or say but I'd have to agree that EBF makes it harder so we are just using a barrier instead.
DS is 4 months now.
It's worth a shot. When I was TTC, I was working night and my sleep schedule was wacked out. If you're getting at least 3 hours in a row you should get something usable, it might be rocky, but usable.
Good luck to you.
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