How to Get Pregnant while Breastfeeding

Many new moms enjoy their foray into motherhood so much they want to conceive again quickly after giving birth the first time.  When your body is still recovering from childbirth and you are breastfeeding, it may be a bit trickier to conceive the second time around.  Today we’re examining how to get pregnant while breastfeeding.

Getting pregnant while breastfeeding is possible for many new moms but it may take some extra work on your part.  Breastfeeding often causes women to go into lactational amenorrhea when they will not ovulate or have irregular How to Get Pregnant while Breastfeedingovulation.  This is actually a form of birth control that is 99% effective for the first six months if moms are exclusively breastfeeding on a routine basis.  It’s nature’s way of making sure moms don’t get pregnant again too soon since the optimal recovery time after childbirth to regain strength and nutrients lost during pregnancy is two years.

However, you can help your body increase your fertility to get pregnant while breastfeeding using a few methods.  First, you may want to wait until your baby starts solids at around 6 months of age.  This is when you may decrease breast milk production, which will help your body refocus on fertility.  After all, making all that breast milk takes a lot of work and your body may not have energy for ovulation at that time.

Also, if your menstrual cycle has not yet come back, going for longer stretches – ideally at least six hours at night – between feedings helps your body return to normal ovulation.  The optimal timeframe to not feed your baby is 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. to increase fertility.  Going from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. is even better.  Most babies fall into longer overnight sleep patterns between four and seven months of age.

Drastically changing your breastfeeding routine may help stimulate and reinvigorate ovulation too.  Gradual changes have less of an effect.  But do be careful and thoughtful of your baby’s needs before making abrupt significant changes.  Breastfeeding has many benefits for both of you so you’ll want to consider the potential side-effects first.

When you do get your period, begin using normal ovulation tracking methods to find out when you are most fertile.  Ovulation kits, checking your basal body temperature and monitoring cervical mucus are all good ways of determining ovulation.  When you know you are ovulating, engage in intercourse at least once a day.  You may also want to lie on your back with your legs up for 15 minutes after sex to let gravity help the semen stay in your body.

Remember, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding before your period returns.  For those who are trying to conceive, that may be an instance of good timing.  Also, you may find your periods return to normal or become sporadic.  Irregular cycles are a sign that ovulation is not occurring or will at least be very unpredictable.  Sometimes women who had no trouble conceiving the first time find it difficult the next time around, especially while breastfeeding.  In other cases, giving birth resets fertility, in a sense, and women become more regular ovulators.

Once you do conceive, you should be able to continue breastfeeding throughout pregnancy.  You can even breastfeed both your toddler and newborn after the new baby arrives.  It may be exhausting and a bit challenging to figure out the logistics at first, but it is possible.

Before trying to conceive, make sure you are in good health to carry another baby.  Meet with your doctor to discuss whether your body is ready for another pregnancy.  Continue to eat healthily and take prenatal vitamins to support breast milk and fertility.  Consider using some natural fertility boosters such as milk thistle, chasteberry, grapeseed oil, flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, shatavari, red raspberry leaf and lots of Vitamin C and B6.

Discovering how to get pregnant while breastfeeding is an unpredictable situation.  It certainly is possible and many women have done it using one or a combination of these methods.  We wish you much luck and fertility on your journey!