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My DS is 14 months old, conceived via IVF and my DH and I have been looking into trying for another baby in the near future.<br><br>
We met with our fertility specialist last week and he suggested that I wean DS before we try again. I really, really do not want to wean him. My heart aches even with the thought of denying him his boobie. It's such a large part of our relationship and I know he isn't ready to wean yet.<br><br>
But I'm not getting any younger (34yrs) so do need to think long and hard about when to try for another baby.<br><br>
The fertility specialist gave me a list of the meds I would be taking and I tried to find them on Dr. Hale's website but had no luck. Am I looking in the wrong place or do I need to buy his book to find the meds?<br><br>
The meds I will be taking are: Nafarelin; Puregon; Ovitrelle; Cyclogest; microgynon.<br><br>
The fertility specialist was happy to go ahead with the IVF treatment if I was still nursing but he warned that my BM would dry up suddently and it would be more distressing for DS to have a sudden stop.<br><br>
I don't want DS to go through a sudden stop in BM and question whether it would be easier for him to go through a "controlled" wean rather than a sudden end of supply.<br><br>
I am completely torn and would appreciate any advice regarding the meds and btdt stories.<br><br>
Thank you
 

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I am in the middle of this hearbreak as well, almost exactly the same as your story except my dd is 20 months and I am 35 and A HALF. Bit of pressure here. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I went to see a counsellor last month (included in our IVF cycle and I hadn't gotten around to going yet). She really urged me to give myself a break and ease up on the pressure a bit, because a couple of months is not that big of a deal re: my age but is a big deal for dd. And it's true, I am much more comfortable with the thought of weaning now than I was when she was your ds's age. I recently nightweaned and it was much easier than I expected. I plan to wean gradually over the next couple of months. The counsellor was also honest and said she wouldn't be giving me that advice if I was 40, because a couple of months IS a bigger deal then.<br><br>
I (and others) have posted on this topic before and gotten a lot of good info from mamas who have done the research:<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=805948" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=805948</a><br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=793391" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=793391</a><br><br>
Good luck, it's hard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I've just gone through an IVF cycle while nursing my 29mo DD. We used bcps, Suprefact, and Puregon. I checked on Hale's forums and didn't get much info, but one of the threads crm posted has the point that these meds are injectibles because they are not easily bioavailable - so very little is going to get into milk.<br><br>
I waited until DD was over 2 before we went through our cycle - at first because I planned to wean and then just because I didn't feel ready. We started the cycle in late November. My periods were totally back to normal and she nurses mainly after work (once) and then a couple of times during the night.<br><br>
And - the bcps really did cut down on supply - it seemed to come back up a bit while on the Suprefact and then went down again when I started Puregon. Also, I needed more Puregon this cycle than last (300 vs 250) - and those doses are high to begin with. I don't know if nursing had anything to do with that, and because I didn't tell the clinic I was nursing, I can't ask now!<br><br>
I actually produced significantly more mature eggs and more were fertilized this cycle than last. I'd love to have a nice ending to the story, but unfortunately none of the embryos made it to Day 5 to be transferred - again though that has nothing to do with nursing - our embies weren't marvelous ratings last cycle either for our Day 3 transfer (although one of them produced our DD, so ratings be damned :)<br><br>
I have to say too that if DD had weaned because of the reduction in supply, at her age I wouldn't have been totally heartbroken - she's 2.5 and she's had a good long stint. And it's even possible she'd wean during pregnancy also. But based on the outcome of the cycle - I'm now very relieved I have that to focus on.<br><br>
So there you go. Anecdotal, but it can be done. Although I suspect the less you're nursing, the less impact it has on the cycle.<br><br>
Good luck with whatever you decide. Infertility is rough on so many levels.
 
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