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I only had three cycles before I got pregnant with #2. My fertility returned at 12 months postpartum, and I was pregnant right before dd turned 15 months, and she was still nursing a great deal. My cycles were not regular AT ALL when I got pregnant, but I was ovulating, and that's all it takes, provided you have a long enough luteal phase in your cycle to allow for proper implantation of a fertilized egg. In fact, our pregnancy was somewhat of an accident. We were practicing NFP, but not really following all the rules. I hadn't ovulated until day 22 the month before I got pregnant, so when I started getting some cervical mucus earlier in my cycle the next month, I thought maybe I was just reading my signals wrong, because I didn't think I could possibly be ready to ovulate that early in the cycle. So we weren't careful, and, sure enough, I ovulated over a week earlier that time than the month before, and thus conceived child #2.

So as you can see, I had not cycled for long, nor were my cycles regular in any way, nor was dd anywhere close to weaning when I got pregnant. Sheila Kippley wrote a book called "Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing" that goes in to detail about how breastfeeding affects your fertility. She found that the average length of time before cycles returned postpartum was 14.5 months, although there was a good deal of variation. She also found that with no precautions taken as far as birth control, children were spaced an average of 2 years apart. I basically fit her averages pretty well, but, as I said there is some degree of variation. Some women only need a tiny bit of stimulation at the breast to be infertile for a long period of time; other women need lots... But if you are TTC, and your cycles have returned, and you are ovulating with each cycle, you stand a good chance of conceiving soon. And while it can be challenging
(as I'm discovering), as long as you don't have a history of miscarriage or preterm labor, and you are sure you can get adaquete rest and nutrition, it is safe to continue to nurse during pregnancy and tandem nurse if #1 doesn't wean by the time #2 is born.
 
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