I've just discovered that in order to get fertility treatment, I will need to stop breastfeeding. For financial and health reasons, it's important that I go through with the treatment sooner rather than later. However, I am still nursing my daughter (2 yrs 3 mos old) very regularly, and I feel really unsure of how to go about weaning. I'd always assumed that I would stop breastfeeding when she loses interests, so this was an unwelcome surprise. I'm concerned that the "don't offer, don't refuse" approach could take far too long, but I would like to be as gentle and considerate with this as possible.
If any of you have stories or advice to share, I'd be grateful! Thank you.
Do you have your periods back? I am still breastfeeding my 2 year 10 month old ALL THE TIME and I managed to get pregnant at 10 months after I had her. That was with literally nursing around the clock night and day. I think it is different for everyone, but I thought if you had your periods back it was likely you were fertile?
I find since giving birth my signs for the fertile period each month are much stronger.
I can understand you'd want to be really sure if it is treatments you are paying for though to maximize the chances it works.
I am finding night weaning my older one much harder than my 13 month old. But other people I know weaned just after 2 years 4 months really easily. She went on drugs after surgery she felt would be bad for him, and he accepted with a nod and never asked again!
Thanks for writing in and sorry for the slow response! Yes, I have my periods back and should be ovulating etc. But the issue is that we had problems with infertility last time, seem to be having them again, and the clinic we use simply doesn't allow treatments while breastfeeding. I do understand that many other people are lucky enough to get pregnant despite breastfeeding.
It's good to know that a child of a similar age weaned so easily! Hopefully things will go smoothly with us. I'm going to start cutting down on nursing in a couple weeks, and really really hope it won't be too hard on the little one. Fingers crossed.