When should I begin if I am currently breastfeeding?

Take the next Introductory Session that fits into your schedule. If you are exclusively breastfeeding (i.e. your baby has not had any formula supplementation, even in the hospital), then the first 56 days postpartum can be considered infertile. However, we encourage women to start charting as soon as lochia (postpartum bleeding) subsides or decreases to a light amount of bleeding. This is typically about 3-4 weeks after birth. By charting soon after birth, you will gain confidence in observing and charting before your fertility returns. Some women will ovulate before their first menstrual period, while others won’t ovulate until after their first period. Either way, the Creighton Model will allow you to anticipate the return of your fertility during the unpredictable postpartum time.

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