IVF and Weaning

How, when and why to introduce foods other than breastmilk
User avatar
mochinbach
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:03 pm
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Contact:

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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 :)

User avatar
mochinbach
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:03 pm
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Contact:

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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!!

User avatar
Andypandy
Posts: 8880
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:43 pm
Location: Perth

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by Andypandy » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:31 pm

Good luck with your emby transfer. Sending you loads of sticky, baby dust.
DS1: May 09 Breastfed 2y7m
DS2: Oct 2012 Breastfed 2y1m I am pretending he is weaned
DD: Feb 2015

Lil.yaya
Posts: 179
Joined: Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:53 pm

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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.
DS - 5
DD - 3
Image

User avatar
Penguin
Posts: 10031
Joined: Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:21 pm
Contact:

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by Penguin » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:24 pm

Really hoping that all goes well for you this time round x
DD1 May 2011
Super baby Dec 2013
DD2 Feb 2015 Storked by Parla.
Proud storker: michansam's DS3, katsbi's DD3 and Gwen's mum's DS
Image

User avatar
Ronale
Counsellor
Posts: 1816
Joined: Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:08 pm
Location: Melbourne

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by Ronale » Sun Sep 07, 2014 11:53 pm

Fingers and toes crossed for a sticky emby this time.
DS 06.10
DS2 01.13
DS3 07.15 Storked by the fantabulous moOKI

User avatar
snowie
Posts: 2747
Joined: Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:12 pm
Location: Brisbane

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by snowie » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:12 am

Hoping for a sticky emby this time for you.
Image
Image
Never forgetting our angel babies

User avatar
mochinbach
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:03 pm
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Contact:

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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.

User avatar
fellare
Posts: 7407
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:59 am
Location: here
Contact:

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by fellare » Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:50 pm

Sorry to hear that
Boobymonster weaned at 3.5yrs.
Ms Firestorm born august 2015
Whatever you perceive to believe, dream.... be free.... (eMDee)

mackyy20

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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!

hvaris
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:11 pm

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by hvaris » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:16 pm

Hi.
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..............

User avatar
Nedsmum
Posts: 9552
Joined: Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:36 am
Location: Switzerland

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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 !
Breastmilk - the ultimate 'brain food'!!!

egg
Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Jul 25, 2016 11:00 am

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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

zimba6681
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:33 pm

Re: IVF and Weaning

Post by 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?

Post Reply