Question: if you consider yourself an ecological breastfeeder, or close to it, when did your fertility/cycle return?
Just wondering what the "mothering" average is. I'm sure it's much different than the general population!
Me: had my first baby in June... No sign of a cycle yet (9.5 months post-partum).
After DD2 (tandem nursing around the clock and pumping for donation)- 10.5 months, ovulating immediately
After DS (TRIandem nursing around the clock and pumping for donation)- 3 months (anovulatory), again ovulatory around 10 months.
The ONLY this I don't qualify on is paci's....don't use them regularly but do offer them in the car since my kids are car haters....but they haven't ever really taken to pacis either so not sure...but I can't imagine it's the reason I am so unlucky with getting AF/cycles back so early even while nursing more than one!!
Me (27) DH (30)...9 Years
DD (7) ~ DD (4) ~ DS (3)
Babies in Heaven... 9/04 2/05 3/11 4/11 6/11 11/11 2/12 (along with my tube )
I have used Ecological Breastfeeding to space 3 babies now, and I'm pregnant with my fourth. I have three boys and this one in the womb is my first girl! Anyway, for baby boy #1 I got 10.5 months without return of menses, but I wasn't too determined with that one. With baby boy #2 I got 17 months, which led to a 27 month space between boys, which was AWESOME. Baby boy #3 gave me 18 months, and I used systematic NFP, until I wanted another baby which was 3 months later! So I'll be having Baby #4 with a 31 month space. It just keeps getting easier.
I follow all 7 standards strictly. When I eased up on a few with baby #1, it caused a much quicker return, as you can see. Reading the book The Frequency Factor by Sheila Kippley really helped me.
#1- 7 weeks, yup my actual cycle came back at seven weeks :P
#2- 13 months, two cycles and then I was pregnant with...
#3- 12 months, one cycle and then I was pregnant with...
#4- 13 months off, decided to use condoms. Used those for four years, decided to stop and then we had...
#5- Is 9.5 months and no sign of my period yet.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds