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Julie, DP to , mama to DD (7) , and DS (5)
I know that as time goes on, we need to readjust our goals and priorities, but right now I am not sure what my priority is: giving my son the incredible gift of a sibling close in age, or continuing to nurse him until he is finished. It is obvious that I am not going to get pregnant while breastfeeding.
I am just so torn because ideally we would do CLW. But I am not getting any younger and I'd rather not be having babies into my 40s. How can we achieve our goal of a large family while still respecting the breastfeeding needs of our current son? How do I know that proloning his breastfeeding is superior to providing him with a sibling he can play with?
Yes, I chart and use OPKs, I have read Taking Charge and all that. I have had my period back since DS was 5 months old (and I was nursing on demand.) I nursed exclusively until he was 7.5 months old and he was about 95% BF until one year. Now, like I said, he is down to about 3-5 times in a 24 hour period.
Do you have any charts I could look at? How are your luteal phases (time from ovulation until next AF)? Are you having mostly ovulatory cycles?
There are some options for improving your fertility without weaning... but first I'd need to get an idea of what problems you're having.
I've had a few clients who successfully conceived while bf, when we tried a few (natural) strategies for improving their cycle health...
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