EWCM and breastfeeding

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EWCM and breastfeeding

Post by Snake Hips Mcroy » Sat May 17, 2014 7:04 pm

Disclaimer: I'm not ttc. In fact, trying not to conceive but just don't feel like going on hormonal contraception til my baby is a bit older... So in reality that means I'm relying on breastfeeding as contraception - I think I'm a pretty good candidate. My period didn't return til 21 months after ds1, and I practice all the things in the list for 'ecological breastfeeding' (no bottles/dummies, no feeding schedule, bed sharing, no solids etc etc).

But... Yesterday I had really fertile feeling EWCM. No other symptoms (in the past, I have had cramping at ovulation). What hormone causes EWCM? Does it mean my fertility is returning earlier this time or could it just be a hormonal fluctuation?
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Re: EWCM and breastfeeding

Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Sun May 18, 2014 8:31 pm

Sooo ... my advice would be, treat it as if you're about to ovulate (abstinence? barrier of choice?). (DS2 and DD are 17 mos apart. :oops: I don't recommend it. :lol: )
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Re: EWCM and breastfeeding

Post by Penguin » Sun May 18, 2014 9:42 pm

No idea, sorry. Perhaps BiN's advice is sound.
But don't take contraception advice from me!
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Re: EWCM and breastfeeding

Post by JMc » Mon May 19, 2014 1:19 am

Yeah, I'd probably be careful in the next little while. And maybe start charting you temp to see what's going on?
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Re: EWCM and breastfeeding

Post by JennyD » Mon May 19, 2014 10:14 am

Follow the rules :) I have two from not following the rules. If you think you have fertile mucus then abstain. I managed to predict the return of AF to the day after DD2 and DS2 as the mucus was so clear and obvious. Other than that, I did have a number of almost mucus that I thought were the return, but when it really came back I knew the others had been pretend. Still better safe than too close together.

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