Saturday, May 17, 2008

17 months post-partum...

...and The Flow returns. I am not impressed.

9 comments:

ChristinaG said...

Is it just now returning? Wow, I didn't realize it would take so long, I thought it'd come back around the 1 year mark.

Maria said...

I think it depends on when/how you nurse. We nurse on demand and just recently he cut out one of his nurses (when I pick him up from daycare), which apparently was just enough to reduce the hormone levels. :( I thought it'd come back sooner too, but I was glad to have it stay away.

ChristinaG said...

We nurse on demand too, and he nurses all the time. I was kind of hoping to ovulate sooner (~12m) rather than later (~17m), if you get my meaning. Oh well... I guess nature knows best!

Maria said...

Well, from what I have read it is different for every woman, and that night weaning is one of the most frequent ways to restart ovulation. Something about how the hormonal levels are different, because traditionally that is when it is easiest to produce more milk too. If it takes long, you might want to try night weaning?

ChristinaG said...

He nurses ALL NIGHT LONG right now. I'm okay with it though. He'll be 10 months next week, so there's still time to see how things go. I might start thinking about night weaning around 14 months maybe.

Maria said...

I'm not good at night-weaning advice... Amari still nurses at least once a night. I think it is because I'm the only person he gets. This week will be a shock for him. No momma. Good luck! BTW-- I'm in love with Oliver's eyes. I could stare at them ALL DAY!

Courtney said...

get an IUD. with jackson mine apparently returned at 5 months when i got pregnant with creighton. i got an iud and i haven't started and doc says i shouldn't because i am not ovulating--thus no more getting prego for me until i decide (i won't) to take it out. only have to mess with it every 5 years to get it replaced...hallelujah

Maria said...

@Courtney-- no thank you. I know too many people who have had problems with IUDs, and I don't really care to put one in my body. Not to mention that 2-10% will expel the IUD in the first and 1-3 out of 1000 women have it puncture their uterus. If we decide we really are not having any more, which is currently our intent, one of us will get our fertility take care of on a more permanent basis. Until then, I'll deal with the menstruation.

Susie said...

I went into Planned Parenthood last week thinking I wanted an IUD. As soon as I heard "perforated uterus" I said, "OK! How about the ring!"

I wish there was something as dependable as a hormonal method (as a non-pregnant woman, I can't imagine not bleeding) for birth control, but it seems like the only option.

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