How Goes the Charting?

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By Rebecca Teti

Wednesdays: Natural Family Planning

(Join each day’s Coffee Talk discussion: Mon: Parenting; Tues: Open Forum; Wed: NFP; Thu: Marriage; Fri: Education; Sat/Sun: Changing Roles)

This weekly thread is a place where you can share your struggles, triumphs, links, resources, concerns, and questions about all things related to Natural Family Planning.

Please join the conversation! 

Rebecca Teti


  • Thanks so much, Patricia!

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 at 9:12 AM by KMB

  • I'm currently expecting my first (due in 19 days!) and I never learned any method of NFP before I got pregnant. I intend to learn the Marquette method, but I'm not sure if I should bother trying to learn it while breastfeeding. The baby's father and I are not married, and we're abstaining until we get married, so there's no chance of me getting pregnant again. Would it be easier to wait until after the baby weans to learn NFP, or should we dive right in?

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 at 10:36 AM by DW

  • DW, personally it is easier to learn NFP when you don't have to worry about actually 'using' it. Also, if you get a handle of things during the postpartum time, then if you need to use it during postpartum again, you'll have an idea of what you're doing. Postpartum, especially while breastfeeding can be a little frustrating. So, if you're able to get a handle of this difficult time without the added stress of actively trying to avoid pregnancy, I personally think it would be helpful.

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 at 1:07 PM by Anna P

  • I agree that it's far easier to learn NFP before you need it--at least a couple of months early--but the post-partum period can be very confusing and difficult, so I think it would be better to wait to learn it until your cycles resume (unless, of course, you plan to get married sooner). I did find Marquette to be a pretty straightforward breastfeeding NFP method, though, so I don't see any harm with learning it now. It's just that NFP while breastfeeding isn't very much like regular NFP, and I think it's easier to start with the basics and go from there.

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 at 1:17 PM by MR

  • I think your answer probably depends on when you're planning on getting married and when you are planning on weaning. I've breastfed all four of mine round the clock, no supplements, no pacifiers until this last one and my fertility returned in 15 mos., 11 mos., and then 4 mos. and 3 mos. So, you may have fairly normal cycles to start charting in a reasonable amount of time and you may not. I agree there is less pressure to learn while you're not using the method, so I'd say start a few months post-partum and learn even if you need some refresher classes when your fertility returns or you marry, whichever comes first. And, congratulations on your little one!

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 at 2:21 PM by Carolyn A

  • My Creighton charting is going fantastically, thanks for asking. :-D

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 at 2:45 PM by unknown

  • DW, I don't use Marquette, but from what I've heard, it's fantastic for breastfeeding and a lot of people learn it postpartum. Personally I'd start just to get in the hang of it if you have the mental space after giving birth. Yes, it will be 10000x more confusing than if you were not postpartum, but I think the more longer you chart before you get married the better. Plus, I liked watching my body recover from pregnancy.

    Posted on Jun 12th, 2013 at 3:25 PM by Alice