I am nursing, how will this affect me?

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    sarah.marie.moss

    Question! I'm still nursing my 16 month old and am just starting to use this app! So does nursing affect my temperature or ability to track ovulation?

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    kellywaggoner0308

    Wondering the same thing!

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    Courtney

    Hey Sarah and Kelly! Nursing can affect your temperatures.To get an accurate temperature, you'll need to take your temperature as soon as you wake up (before moving around or nursing), after at least 3 consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep, and at or around the same time each day. Needless to say, this can be pretty difficult to do when nursing! The most important thing to track during this time is your cervical fluid, which will tell you when you are becoming fertile again. As soon as you notice an increase in wet, fertile-quality cervical fluid, take note - you are likely approaching ovulation. You can also track your cervical position to get a better idea of when you're becoming fertile again - just be aware that after giving birth vaginally, your cervix will be softer and more open throughout your cycle. 

    This article has some more info about tracking your signs while breastfeeding.

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    ilana.trombly

    My nurseling is almost a year now and my temperature never goes above 98 degrees and I have not had a return of menses. Though I'm not fertile, where should I start to learn?

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    Lauren

    Hi Ilana, thanks for contacting us!  You can start tracking your cycle at any time, even if you're not fertile right now.  If you're trying to get pregnant again, I recommend starting here:

    http://blog.kindara.com/blog/trying-to-get-pregnant-you-need-to-know-this

    And if you're trying to avoid pregnancy with FAM, I'd recommend starting here:

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22043400-The-4-rules-of-using-the-Fertility-Awareness-Method-as-birth-control-explained).

    Let me know if you have any questions about this!

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    einat

    Is there a safe way to lengthen your luteal phase whilst nursing, without weaning?

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    Lauren

    Hi einat, thanks for contacting us!  One of the best ways to lengthen your luteal phase safely is just to eat healthy and take good care of yourself while you're nursing.  You may also want to check with your doctor to see if s/he has any suggestions for you - I hope this helps!

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    enegren

    I am nursing my 10 month old (approx 4 times/day) and have not had a return of menses yet. However, there has been some cervical fluid present in the past month. Is it possible to become pregnant before the return of menses?

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    laurelskrnich

    Perhaps this is a little unrelated but I can't find a better place to post this question. I co-sleep with my 5-month-old daughter who is still exclusively breastfed and I nurse her in bed. She usually nurses about 6 AM which wakes me up for the day even though I stay in bed with her till about 7. Should I try to take my BBT before she starts to nurse? Would that interfere with an accurate reading? Thanks.

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    blp81

    I am nursing my 19 month old maybe once or twice a day, some days not at all. Could this small amount of nursing really have an impact on my fertility and conception? Even with a regular menstration?

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    jeleahnicole

    I have a similar question as blp81. She's 13 months, and still nurses occasionally. I just had my 1st period since conception but can occasionally nursing effect my cycle? Fertility?

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