IVF and Weaning

How, when and why to introduce foods other than breastmilk

Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby mochinbach » Mon May 05, 2014 7:18 pm

She was a fertility specialist so I guess we have to let her off ;) It's a shame that they don't have more research into the links between Breast Feeding and Fertility though. The flat "no" I got to start with didn't seem to be backed up by any real research or evidence. Which put a lot of pressure and undue stress on me and my little family. It's a shame :( But at least we're on the right track now :)
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby mochinbach » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:53 pm

Hi everyone,

I wanted to update this Incase there are others who find themselves in the same boat.

In May we went for our FET cycle. I decided to go ahead and not change our breastfeeding routine. The transfer went well but sadly the embryo didn't choose to stay. our lovely son got quite sick during the treatment. A cold that turned into an ear infection, an ear infection that turned into a burst ear drum... Poor chicken! So, I ended up feeding him far more that I usually do. I have no idea why the emby didn't hang around. There are so many factors involved in the process and, at 34 with a defrosted embryo the percentage rates for Success are not enormous. I can't say categorically whether it was breastfeeding that caused the problem. I do know that i didn't have any regrets about the choice I made (phew)

The other interesting thing was the difference It makes going into Fertility treatment when you've got an active little bouncing boy around you... Let alone a sick one! No taking the day off work and putting your feet up on The day of the transfer..lol. My hubby did his best but with no family out here in Oz it was just us and so it was business as usual for mummy ;). Again, it's hard to know if that made a difference either!

We had one more emby left and we waited until a week ago to have that one transferred. This time we planned to reduce feeding down (a compromise I guess), my hubby took the week off and we had friends over from the uk... Perfect timing for extra assistance, not that they knew anything about the transfer ;) my hubby has put mini man down every lunchtime (removing that feed) so I've only been feeding when he wakes up and when he goes to bed. he's hated that.. Screaming a far bit in protest until he passes out. He has cried a little less each day but he's definitely letting me know that he's not ready to wean!!
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby Andypandy » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:31 pm

Good luck with your emby transfer. Sending you loads of sticky, baby dust.
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby Lil.yaya » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:07 pm

Wow mochinbach I've just read the whole thread and want to wish you the best of luck with your transfer.
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby Penguin » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:24 pm

Really hoping that all goes well for you this time round x
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby Ronale » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:53 pm

Fingers and toes crossed for a sticky emby this time.
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby snowie » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:12 am

Hoping for a sticky emby this time for you.
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby mochinbach » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:33 pm

Sandlot it wasn't to be. So now I HAVE to wean so I can go through another round of full blown IVF.
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby fellare » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:50 pm

Sorry to hear that
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby mackyy20 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:01 pm

My LO loves food and eats a lot so I'm not worrying about him starving. In fact, I suspect that my baby led approach has meant that he associates sleep with feeding and, usually, when he's asking for milk, he's actually asking to go to sleep. Nothing wrong with that, unless you have to stop the milk! eik!

Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby hvaris » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:16 pm

I am now in the same boat with my 10 and a half month old. Interested to know what happened/how you managed to wean.... We are doing FET but with drugs to assist> I want to pump and dump so my first can go back to breast after IVF (esp if it doesnt work) but I have no idea how he will ever get to sleep-especially at night if I stop feeding him. Trying to do it gradually but I now I am not strict enough.

I am 42 and our embryos are overseas so I really have to stop with the planning it takes to travel fro treatment. If I was younger I would let him wean naturally but the clock is ticking and Im sure baby also would like a brother or sister..............
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby Nedsmum » Thu Apr 14, 2016 3:26 am

For me, and it wasn't for IVF reasons, the best 'solution' for night-weaning was to have DH do the wake-ups. It is possible to wean a child around 12 months without having to give bottles...but it takes a lot of trust and time for them to feed themselves. A combination of solids, finger-food, purees and milk or water 'in a cup' is possible... Gradually is really hard work (as you have discovered!) - it is possible to go cold-turkey but it's very tough for mum and baby from what I have observed.. do you know when you want to wean ? I'd suggest phoning the breastfeeding helpline to discuss your options... and get an understanding ear !
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby egg » Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:09 am

Hi all

I have never posted here so I am not sure if I am doing it in the right place or not.
I have been reading the weaning and IVF related posts.

I am in a similar situation and need advice.

I am 40. I had my LO with a FET (frozen embryo transfer). He is now 8months old and breastfeeding on demand (often) at least 8 feeds a day/night.

I WANT to have another child and have to undergo another FET and then possibly a full IVF stimulated cycle (if the transfer fails). I have to do it soon bc the clock is ticking and my fertility specialist says to start ASAP. She also says to STOP breast feeding. I really don't want to and I am very torn.

I have been ovulating and getting regular periods for 6 months now. She says that regardless of that- the prolactin or hormones while you BF can prevent the pregnancy and act like a contraceptive.

Anyone have any info on this?

Should I wean? HOW??

Thanks heaps
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Re: IVF and Weaning

Postby zimba6681 » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:29 pm

Hi Egg,

We have a daughter from IVF and had two embryos from that cycle left. I have just been through two FET cycles while breastfeeding, and the last one was successful :)
DD is now 2.5 years old, but my period only returned when she was 18 months old, and had been regular for 6 months when we started the first FET. So maybe not too different from your situation?
Also, she is still feeding quite frequently day and night, although she wouldn't get anywhere near as much milk as an 8 month old.

My fertility doctor's first reaction was: wouldn't it be best to wait, until the BF stops? And then: Alright, we can just do a trigger.
So the ovulation trigger was the only special treatment I had due to the breastfeeding.

Do you have the option of getting a second opinion?
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