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Old 04-20-2004, 02:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ok, my dd is 6 months old and I am breastfeeding. However, I am supplementing (have since almost the beginning) AND she's started solids AND she's starting to sleep for about 7-8hr stretches at night. So, it makes sense that my fertility would return anytime now.

I've noticed a real increase in CF in the last month, and it's very stretchy. I used NFP for years as contraception and then to get pregnant, so I recognize the CF you get when you ovulate. The minute I saw it I thought, "Uh oh, AF in a couple of weeks.." only it's been several weeks and still nothing! Is this normal?

I am sure it's not an infection or anything, and it hasn't been constant but off and on (a few days of CF, a few days with none). Somedays it seems like alot, more than I ever had before I was pregnant. Am I ovulating but not menstruating? What could be going on??

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No answers for you, but the exact same thing happened to me except that my dd was about 8 mo when it happened. I suspect our fertility is returning! Better use your bc unless you want to be preggo again!

I had so much CM that it seemed like I ovulated 2x that month! but now things seem regular but still no AF! I guess anything goes when you are bfeeding - its maddening!

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Hi. No answers either, just wanted to ask what AF means (I get that you mean your period, just can't think what the initials could stand for.) Thanks!

By the way, I got my period at 5 weeks pp, and then again at 7 weeks, and then pretty much monthly since then (8 months pp now). AND I was bf'ing around the clock, especially in the 1st few months. (Now we're supplementing, too.)

Anyway good luck!
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Hi. No answers either, just wanted to ask what AF means (I get that you mean your period, just can't think what the initials could stand for.) Thanks!
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The only way you could be ovulating, but not menstruating is if you got pg. If that's not a possibility, then your body was probably close to ovulating but nursing suppressed your hormones just enough to stop it.

I had fertile cm off and on for MONTHS before my period came back.

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I noticed the same thing after my son was born, and have heard it from a lot of other women as well. It's almost like your body starts doing "practice cycles" when you're gearing up for the return of your fertility. First I noticed more fertile-quality CM, and after a few months of that, AF returned... but then it still took another three months before I actually ovulated (I was doing NFP, which is how I know).

It might not mean that you're ovulating, but it probably means that you will sometime in the next several months.
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That makes sense, I've been "out of practice" with all this nursing and being pregnant the past couple years LOL
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It's perfectly normal when you are not ovulating, to get patches of ewcm and other signs of fertility.

I was practicing FAM, and had the exact same experience as JanB. Patches of fertile signs a few months before AF, and then still didn't ovulate for a couple more months after that.

Of course, it's different for everyone. There are no guarantees when it comes to breastfeeding and fertility.
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