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MORGANNED
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1/28/11 11:59 A


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Wow, honestly, I had no idea breastfeeding caused hair loss. I have never heard of this. My daughter is basically weined now at almost 3. She nurses once a week for about 20 seconds. Seems to be conforting just to know I'll still let her nurse.

As far as conceiving. I didn't even get my period back till my oldest was 21 months and she was nursing about 3 to 4 times a day at that time. Then I got pregnant right after that first period. Pretty funny. I've only had one period in 4 years and got pregnant with it. Of course DD #1 took 8 months to conceive and this one, one month. Good Luck to you and good for you for nursing this long. I love it when I hear that one is nursed for longer then 12 months.


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Didn't mean to imply that I expected #2 just yet. It took 6 months for DD, and we haven't really started trying that hard yet this time.
I read about breastfeeding affecting the luteal phase because I recently started BBT tracking and my first full cycle off Mirena my LP was only 9 days. That got me wondering if it was a lingering side effect of the Mirena or something else, which got me wondering about prolactin and hair loss. My doctor thought the hair loss was from weight loss stress since I lost 75 lbs over the same 3 years I've lost hair, but I'm eating healthy on WW so that doesn't make sense to me. If it is breastfeeding that's making me bald, then I guess I'll have to find a good wig 'cause if #2 nurses as long as DD, it'll be awhile before "the girls" retire!


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1/25/11 7:16 A


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If you had Mirena removed in November, you've only been trying to conceive for a few months. It can take that long to get back in to a regular ovulatory cycle and then you need to time intercourse with ovulation which can be difficult with a LO in the house. When you're under 35, they say it can take a year to conceive. You need to give #2 a bit more time.

As far as the hair loss goes, I had hair loss while nursing. It seems that nursing makes the typical post partum hair loss take more time. Don't know how Mirena may have contributed to this.


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1/25/11 4:59 A


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DD is about 38 months now and still nurses a couple times a day, most days. I work nights, so when I work, she'll nurse some in the morning when I get home and briefly in the afternoon before I leave to go back to work. When I'm not working, she'll climb in bed with me in the morning, nurse for about 30 min, then we get up and she'll usually nurse again for 5-10 minutes before breakfast. Then she usually doesn't nurse again until bedtime, then it's about 30 min as part of her "settle down" routine.

I'm TTC #2 now, and have read that high prolactin levels from breastfeeding can cause a short luteal phase and lead to infertility. I've also read that high prolactin can lead to hair loss. I've lost most of my hair over the last three years since DD was born. I'm not bald, but I have definite thin areas and all my hair now fits in a very tiny clip. I had been blaming my Mirena IUD, which I still suspect, since I had it removed in November and my hair loss has slowed down, although not stopped. But now, learning this about prolactin levels makes me wonder. Most things I read say that breastfeeding absolutely does not cause hair loss, but they're referring to hair loss in the first 6 months post partum. Just wondering if Baby #2 is going to end up taking the rest of my hair! That is, if I manage to conceive while still nursing. DD would think I hated her if I tried to make her wean. It's a MAJOR comfort measure for her.

What do y'all think?

Edited by: RATATOSK at: 1/25/2011 (04:59)


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