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A friend of mine is still bfeeding her 15 month old (despite being in a peer group of mums who stopped at a couple of months), but is concerned that she won't be able to get pregnant if she continues. She wants to try for her second baby now because she is already in her late thirties so doesn't have much time. I know natural child-spacing uses bfeeding as a delaying tactic but i've also noticed a lot of moms on MDC who are nursing AND pregnant. I would like to encourage my friend to continue if she wants (and her daughter clearly wants to!) but i can understand her concern about it affecting her fertility. is there any research anyone knows of, or personal experience, that might be helpful? Her daughter isnt very keen on solids and eats not much other than breastmilk, which concerns her at her age. She is quite little but not underweight.
 

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I got pregnant while breastfeeding when DS was 13 months, no problem. Are her cycles back?<br><br>
Check out this website-<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/fertility.html#transition" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/fe...tml#transition</a>
 

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I got pregnant not trying when DD was 10 months old and nursing every 2 hours around the clock still. I had only had one AF post partum. I had a miscarriage at 7.5weeks - it was a blighted ovum, so I don't think BFing had anything to do with it. My biggest concern at that point, honestly, was that my milk would dry up when DD was so young. We made sure to prevent for a few months so my body could recover and then got pregnant right away again when DD was 14 months old (almost 15). I am now 13 weeks pregnant and things seem to be going ok. DD is still nursing just fine. I do feel that my milk supply has dropped some, but I do still have enough milk for DD as far as I can tell. Now she just sometimes wants both breasts rather than one when she nurses. Probably not unusual for a 17 month old. I do have major nipple soreness and breast tenderness, but I would never stop DD from nursing because of that.<br>
I have to admit that I was very surprised to get pregnant so easily while nursing. It took us 10 months of really trying and 2 miscarriages to conceive DD. I fully expected it to be MORE difficult when I was breastfeeding - not easier.<br>
Just my experience.
 

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Personally, I wouldn't wean to get pregnant. I wouldn't even reduce nursings. If it happens (and it did for me) - fine. If not, well, the child HERE should have their needs met first, IMO.
 

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A lot of women are able easily to get pregnant while nursing, I did twice. I didn't even know I was pg with dd#2 until I fely her kicking around 20 weeks! I was nursing and exercising and loosing the 400lbs I gained during my first pregnancy, I just had no idea! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">
 

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thank you ladies. i will pass on to my friend (she does have her cycle back by the way). i agree, give the child you have the best before worrying about others, but she is quite a mainstream mama so its pretty amazing she's managed to bfeed this long in the first place.
 
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