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    Default Need help navigating TTC and nursing a 22 mo.

    Hi everyone!

    So, my partner and I are gearing up for me to try to get pregnant with our second baby. We work with a Reproductive Endocrinologist and use IUI and 50 mg Clomid mostly due to needing artificial insemination to get pregnant. We met with our RE a while back and she said I must wean our son before she will begin any treatments and "besides he doesn't get any nutritional value from nursing past 1 yo"...those were her words and my first inclination that she had no idea what she was talking about. That being said...I am not going to wean my son. I have read plenty of info regarding simar situations and there should be no problem. My question is will the dr be able to tell that I'm lying about weaning? I have regular periods now and my son only nurses at bed time and naps. I'm not trying to be sneaky but I also need to do what is right for our family and my son.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Need help navigating TTC and nursing a 22 mo.

    My OBGYN who is an infertility specialist and also works with an RE said that as long as a woman has her cycles back, nursing isn't an issue. I told him my daughter is still nursing although she barely gets any milk, just in case prolactin was an issue (I can get pregnant easily enough but have had 2 miscarriages in the last 9 mos) so I wouldn't lie but I'd at least argue that there is not an affect on your fertility now. And I'm sure there are plenty of people in your situation who would lie, I don't like lying but I do think your RE should help you with as old as your son is. I hope it all works out and soon for you.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Default Re: Need help navigating TTC and nursing a 22 mo.

    Yikes. I really dislike seeing the word "lying".
    Thank you for your input! It helps to know that others have been able to navigate this situation successfully.

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    Default Re: Need help navigating TTC and nursing a 22 mo.

    I would be up front with her. Tell her that breastfeeding is important to you and your LO and bring whatever information you need to back yourself up. In my experience (personally dealing with recurrent pregnancy loss, not infertility) doctors are receptive when you come prepared, but not necessarily defensive, kwim?

    What is your RE concerned about specifically? The potential effect that Clomid may have on your LO? If that is the case, I'd give her the info from Hale or LactMed. Clomid is considered a L3 and the information in the book is based on a dosage of 50mg. You can always call Hale's InfantRisk Center at (806)-352-2519 for the most up-to-date and detailed info.

    Or, if she is under the impression that breastfeeding can increase the likelihood of miscarriage, I'd share with her the research and information stating the opposite.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Default Re: Need help navigating TTC and nursing a 22 mo.

    Thank you for the great suggestions. I guess I just need to arm myself with information and go from there.

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    Default Re: Need help navigating TTC and nursing a 22 mo.

    My question is will the dr be able to tell that I'm lying about weaning?
    I think you have gotten great suggestions and I agree open communication is best, if possible. On the other hand some people simply do not value breastfeeding or bfding past a certain point, and are not going to be open to your attempts to educate them, unfortunately. Should that be the case, I doubt anyone could "tell" you were still nursing, unless you nursed at an appointment.

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