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Q&A with SPB: Breastfeeding + The Fertility Cycle


Q&A with SPB with special guest, Michelle Hottya, IBCLC, RLC at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center in Tempe, Arizona

We are so honored to be able to bring you a special edition of Q&A with SPB this month.  My friends, the very knowledgable and talented IBCLC's at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center are going to help us out and do all the "A" part of this month's VLOGs.  Yeah!!

These gals are the gold-standard in lactation care.  You can get help from a Lactation Counselor (LC), a Certified Lacatation Counselor (CLC), or an  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  To simplify things, the longer the designation, the more years of study and experience.  You can be certified as an "LC" in a weekend training class.  To get your IBCLC is the equivalent of a 4-year college science degree in human lactation.  

Today's VLOG answers this student/reader question:




Scroll down below the video if you want to review the main points of Michelle's answer.  You can also find a link to the book she references in the video.  




In short, be careful!! If your fertility is suppressed through your breastfeeding relationship with your Sweet Pea, it is still possible to get pregnant before your first menses, as some of our students can confirm for you!! Others have had to use the strategies outlined below in order to encourage their fertility cycle to return.  

Baby milestones that encourage your ovulation to start again:

  • Baby is six months old
  • At this stage, they may be sleeping longer stretches
  • At this stage, they may be starting solids


These milestones might start sending the signal to your body to shift back towards fertility.  

What if these things are true and your cycle hasn't started again?

  • Nurse less at night - try to go at least six hours between feedings
  • Offer your Sweet Pea more solids so they ask for less milk during the day
  • Start looking for signs of cerevical mucous - that is a sign that your body may be getting ready to ovulate


As Michelle says, it is helpful to get to know your body so you understand what to look for when you are ready to grow your family. By definition, you will ovulate before your first menses, so be careful if you are not sure you are ready to keep growing your family just yet.

She said that they often suggest the book, Taking Charge Of Your Fertility when mamas ask this question at the Arizona Breastfeeding Center.  The book explains the fertility signs and helps families understand what to look for, where ever they happen to be on wanting/not wanting more children at this stage.

What was your experience with breastfeeding and fertility?
Please leave us a comment - it will be moderated and posted. 

 

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It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.



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