Friday, January 4, 2008

She's back!

No, not me. Well, perhaps me as well now that all the holiday madness is over.

But I meant my faithful monthly visitor. At one day shy of 7 months postpartum. I had worried that Mikko's new and indulgent sleep schedule would lead to this, and apparently I was right. Goodbye, my lovely LAM.

I looked up some info about returning fertility and found this page on KellyMom that, although very helpfully informative, made me mad because it told me that the average time to the return of menstrual periods for women practicing ecological breastfeeding is 14.6 months. I got less than half of my allotted time, dang it.

I had just read the term "ecological breastfeeding" in reference to delaying the return of fertility in a Mothering magazine reader letter. And I thought: a whosa whatsa? I've gotta get me some of that eco breastfeeding action.

But I never got around to looking it up until I was reading that KellyMom link and realized, Oh, I was already doing that. Here are the ecological breastfeeding principles:

* keeping baby close
* breastfeeding on cue (day and night)
* using breastfeeding to comfort your baby
* breastfeeding in a lying-down position for naps and at night
* using no bottles or pacifiers

So even with ecological breastfeeding, 37% of women will have their cycles resume in the 6-12 month range. And apparently I'm one of the lucky Fertile Myrtles.

Ready for a sibling in nine months, Mikko? Excuse me while I laugh hysterically. (An appropriate term, no?)


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