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Hey mothers! My almost 6-month-old son is EBF, no pacifiers, no bottles, no solids, fed on demand, etc. I have friends that have had their first postpartum period at 8 weeks and some at 16 months (and everything in between.) I noticed a pretty good deal of EWCM the other day and I'm wondering (hoping not!) if it means that I ovulated. I have had a little bit of EWCM and little twinges at a few points since he's been born, but so far no period. (Yay!)

 

I have some questions:

Can you get EWCM while breastfeeding and it not mean ovulation?

Can you ovulate while breastfeeding and not have a period afterwards?

How will I know when my fertility is back before the period comes?

What was your first postpartum period like? (Mine were hoooooorrible before I got pregnant so I'm hoping that they're milder and not as painful once they do return. 

Did your milk change when your periods came back?

DH and I would like to have our kids close-ish together (like born 2 years apart) but I plan on breastfeeding as long as possible. Has anyone successfully nursed through a pregnancy and then tandem nursed?

 

Sorry for asking so many questions...you don't have to answer them all. :o)

 

(BTW, I cross-posted in the Fertility Forum.) 

 

Thanks!

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Can you get EWCM while breastfeeding and it not mean ovulation?

 

I think I did. I remember it being the beginning of the return of my cycle, which did not return for maybe 6 months after. 

 

Can you ovulate while breastfeeding and not have a period afterwards?

 

Don't know. 

 

How will I know when my fertility is back before the period comes?

 

My guess is that, "you can't."  ;-)  

 

What was your first postpartum period like? (Mine were hoooooorrible before I got pregnant so I'm hoping that they're milder and not as painful once they do return. 

 

Mine are the same now  but they first 4 or so after return were odd - can't remember exactly how. 

 

Did your milk change when your periods came back?

 

Not that I am aware of. 

 

DH and I would like to have our kids close-ish together (like born 2 years apart) but I plan on breastfeeding as long as possible. Has anyone successfully nursed through a pregnancy and then tandem nursed?

 

I have not (my kids are 10 years apart and my first was weaned long before TTC) but many, many women I know have. I think there is probably still a lot of false information out there about tandem nursing. I recommend reading up on it so you're prepared if you encounter anyone who is not current on information. 


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~~Can you get EWCM while breastfeeding and it not mean ovulation?

I think I did, don't remember exactly

 Can you ovulate while breastfeeding and not have a period afterwards?  Not sure

How will I know when my fertility is back before the period comes? you won't

What was your first postpartum period like?  Mine also a bit different first little while, shorter or longer than normal, they didn't get completely regular until I stopped BF altogether

Did your milk change when your periods came back? No

 Has anyone successfully nursed through a pregnancy and then tandem nursed? I BF for the first 4 months of pregnancy, my milk pretty much dried up, common in pregnancy, and it was extremely painful to feed that last month. My child self weaned at 20 months, I feel due to the fact that my milk was gone. One day he just refused to nurse.

My first child I started getting my period at 6 months of age, even though I exclusively BF. My second and third it was more like 14 or 15 months. I BF for 20 months, 25 months, and 27 months

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i only know the answer to you last ? yes you can breastfeed while pregnant did it with my first cause i feel pregnant just 4 months after she was born i nurse both of them till my youngest was almost 3 years old 


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Not sure about EWCM. I think it is mostly associated with ovulation. I'm not sure that there are any other circumstances in which you would produce it.

It is more likely that you would have a period without ovulating than ovulate without a period. Just breastfeeding alone won't cause you to ovulate but not menstruate.

I haven't noticed any milk changes with my periods.

My periods are lighter, less painful and less often while breastfeeding. I have gone from a 29-33 day cycle to a 30-40 day cycle.

I breastfed all through my second pregnancy and am still tandem feeding 15 months later. My 3.5yo is down to 1-2 very short feeds/day and occasionally misses a day but that is more to do with my profound feeding aversion than her preference. The almost-15mo still feeds a lot and I have no aversion with her.

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