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    Default Does return of fertility cripple lactation?

    Hi, I've been nursing my daughter for a year and 3 weeks now (and I'm just now getting here). I think my fertility has returned. My husband and I used the sympto-thermal method of NFP before I got pregnant (on purpose). Since the baby we've kind of been winging it (I know, foolish.) Anyway, recently I had my first real mucous patch in a very long time. I hadn't been taking my temperature, so I don't know if I ovulated or not, but the patch was over about 3 days ago, and my lactation plummeted about 2 days ago. Even when I feed her in the morning after a long night's sleep, I feel like there can't be enough to make her full. Is this normal? I can't be pregnant, because work has kept him away since before the mucous patch started, and it was fairly long. I don't mind weaning her in the nearish future, but I wanted to do it a bit more gradually. That, and right now she only has her 2 bottom teeth and I was hoping she would have better chewing capacity before I weaned her. Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Does return of fertility cripple lactation?

    I don't know for sure, but for me, i've struggled with milk supply for a long time, see my post below yours. My fertility returned 5 weeks after delivering, and one week after i started the mini pill recommended by a doctor. (ugh, wish i would have never taken that), and that's when all my problems started. So i don't know if it was the pill itself or a combination of both, but thought i would say that it very well could be!

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    Default Re: Does return of fertility cripple lactation?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*bridgetinerabbit View Post
    Hi, I've been nursing my daughter for a year and 3 weeks now (and I'm just now getting here). I think my fertility has returned. My husband and I used the sympto-thermal method of NFP before I got pregnant (on purpose). Since the baby we've kind of been winging it (I know, foolish.) Anyway, recently I had my first real mucous patch in a very long time. I hadn't been taking my temperature, so I don't know if I ovulated or not, but the patch was over about 3 days ago, and my lactation plummeted about 2 days ago. Even when I feed her in the morning after a long night's sleep, I feel like there can't be enough to make her full. Is this normal? I can't be pregnant, because work has kept him away since before the mucous patch started, and it was fairly long. I don't mind weaning her in the nearish future, but I wanted to do it a bit more gradually. That, and right now she only has her 2 bottom teeth and I was hoping she would have better chewing capacity before I weaned her. Any thoughts?
    I laughed at your comment about finally getting here now that your daughter is a year old. I am always amazed that any new mothers can find a way to get here at all. There just aren't enough hands.

    Anyway, I've heard other mothers report the same experience you're having. They say their milk supply decreases at a certain point in their cycle, and then comes back up.

    I'm hoping you'll have the same experience as other mothers and that your supply will be back up in a day or two. Let us know if your supply stays low.
    Marianne
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    Default Re: Does return of fertility cripple lactation?

    Indeed I have also heard tell of mom's noticing what seems to be a dip when cycles return due to their baby's behaviour when at the breast - could be supply, could be taste as well.. here's a link that talks more about it

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    Default Re: Does return of fertility cripple lactation?

    There is a definite slight dip in supply right after the fertile CM but it hardly should cause you to have to wean. I have been fertile since the baby was about 5 months and now at almost 13 months am still producing plenty. Same with my last one. Nursed her for 27 months(at which point I was pregnant with LO) with my fertility returning around 5 months. We use NFP too and I suspect I don't ovulate every month even though I have fertile CM every month.
    SAHM mom to 5 daughters-16,15,13,3,10 months Happy Wife to stressed out, overworked husband

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    Default Re: Does return of fertility cripple lactation?

    Thanks so much for the words everybody. I guess it was such a sudden and severe drop that I may have panicked a bit. If things don't normal out soon, I'm sure I'll be back. Even if they do, I probably will. Thanks again!

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