I had to wean my 2 year old to be able to conceive again

by Alexandra

I'd had a really lovely breastfeeding relationship with my first daughter and had planned on letting her self wean, but I ended up having to wean her just to be able to conceive again.

We'd got right down to only night feeds but she was still not easy to wean off. Although because she could speak to me it was easier. I told her the doctor said that she couldn't feed any more. There were a few tears, but I made sure there were plenty of extra cuddles and the upset stage didn't last long.

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This is such a common story
by: Rebecca

In my experience in practice this is such a common story. The reason you have trouble with fertility while breastfeeding like this, even though it is a minimal amount of breastfeeding, is that you produce the most prolactin (milk production hormone) at around 3am if you're baby is breastfed then. This is why women with low milk supply should breastfeed overnight as much as their baby requires.

When your prolactin level are high you are less likely to ovulate. Click here for other breastfeeding and fertility information.

Weaning your baby at this stage can be really upsetting. Some things to try include introducing your toddler to the idea that your breasts are sleeping, and that they won't be awake again til the sun is up.

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