Many mothers that are nursing a baby or toddler want to become pregnant again while breastfeeding. Most people think that if you are breastfeeding you can not become pregnant. Although breastfeeding does offer some protection against conception, it does not make you infertile. The chances of becoming pregnant while exclusively breastfeeding are slim, but it does occur. If you are supplementing your baby with formula or solid foods, your chances of conceiving will likely be higher.
While some women will conceive easily while breastfeeding, the majaority of nursing mothers will have a harder time. This is because as you breastfeed, your body is producing prolactin. Prolactin is a hormone that delays ovulation and conception in nursing women. Menstruation can begin at any time during the first year of breastfeeding, so it is wise to know exactly when you are most fertile.
Women that want to conceive while breastfeeding should chart their basal body temperature very carefully and monitor the cervical mucus. Ovulation predictor kits can also be beneficial. Research suggests altering your nursing schedule if you are trying to become pregnant while breastfeeding. Try not to nurse around the clock and supplement if at all possible.
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