how long after childbirth did you get your period?

Tina - posted on 10/16/2010 ( 97 moms have responded )

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My baby is now 9 months old, and still no period! I'm starting to get worried. My mom tells me sometimes breastfeeding mothers don't get their period as long as they're BF but isn't this too long? I had my baby by c-section, does that make a difference? After the operation the bleeding continued for nearly 2 months.

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Yanks - posted on 07/31/2012

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Do not worry much, because my baby is 16 months old and still i have no period.

Danielle - posted on 08/03/2012

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i was breastfeeding but my baby is so hungry i started to give her formula and pumped less. i got it three months after giving birth.

Abigail - posted on 10/18/2010

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My daughter is 16.5 months and my cycles still haven't returned; if you Google lactational amenorrhea (sp?) or ecological breastfeeding, you can learn more about it. Most likely your baby is still nursing frequently, although for some women, any nursing at all will suppress the cycle. The good news is it is totally normal, and that it can actually work as natural family spacing, since the vast majority of women (around 94%) won't ovulate before having their first period postpartum. The first cycle acts like a warning :) Anyway - I'm not complaining at all about going so long without a period! Other than bleeding after my daughter was born, I haven't had to deal with the whole period thing for well over two years :)

Jennifer - posted on 10/28/2010

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My son is 19 months and I just started 2 weeks ago! I'm just grateful it went for that long, that's a part of womanhood I could live without!

Melissa - posted on 11/11/2010

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I got my periods after 12 weeks of my delivery and I was BF exclusively till than. I had a C-section too but i just bleeded for 8-10 days after the delivery. My sisters had c-section and they exclusively BF too and they had their periods on 40th day of their delivery so I guess each and every body is different :)

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Julie - posted on 11/08/2010

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I delivered vaginally with my last daughter and breastfed her for 18 months. I didn't get my period back until after I weaned her from breastfeeding. I had heard that could happen,but I never experienced that with my other babies. It's supposed to be nature's family planning. I have friends who actually planned the spacing of their children using breastfeeding as the family planning method.

Lauren - posted on 10/29/2010

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I didn't get mine until about 4-5 months after and I ended up going to the doctor's as I was worried too! I only breastfed for 5 days but I have heard it can be months if you breastfeed. They are doing tests on me to check out my thyroid, you may be perfectly fine but if you're worried go to your doctors and they'll probably do a couple of blood tests just to check everythings ok. Good luck! xx

Donna - posted on 10/29/2010

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i bf for 4wks (couldnt produce enough) and i got my period a week after i stopped bfing my son. and he was a c-section as well so its probably just because you are bfing

Nicole - posted on 10/29/2010

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Don't worry. It's definitely down to the breast feeding - especially if you've lost a lot of weight due to it, too. I was very under weight from the breast feeding and didn't get my period until one month after I stopped. So, all said and done, I went 15 months after giving birth before having a period.

Kylie - posted on 10/28/2010

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My 3 breastfed bubs it was 10months, 11 months (she was a c-section) and 10months after their births. Number 4 bub was breast on and off for 10 weeks then all bottle, period began 5 weeks after I stooped breast altogether.

Kerrie - posted on 10/26/2010

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I breastfed my son for 16 months and did not get a period until he was 15 months. Most breastfeeding mothers don't get a period until they stop breastfeeding, or their babies are close to weened. Your mom is very right. And you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Just enjoy not having one :)

Mel - posted on 10/26/2010

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As far as i know anyone who breastfeeds doesn't get a period. I breastfed for 4 months and got mine about 6-8 weeks after i stopped. Of course there are people that do get them while they are feeding but it is normal to not get them. Has something to do with hormones levels i think.

Erin - posted on 10/26/2010

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I believe it is true, I had my son naturally, had my period 6 weeks after Bubs, and then didn't get another one until a week after my son turned 1, so that was long i thought....

Candace - posted on 10/26/2010

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i dont think the difference in giving birth and a c-section is any different, the difference is between nursing and not nursing, it took about 3months after giving birth to my daughter to get mine, but my cousin hasnt gotten hers since her second child and she nursed(breast fed) him for about 3years but i think it depends on the person and how stressed they are about not having it, or worry. I say you should enjoy it lol =) i did until i got mine lol but once my daughter became 6months old i got the IUD and since than i've been mainly spotting, but that is different for others as well, i hope you get the answers you are looking for =)

Jane - posted on 10/25/2010

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after 3 months i got my period back. Some says that it is normal not to have your period while you are brestfeeding. But to be sure visit your doctor. He/She may help you

Stacey - posted on 10/25/2010

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hey there hun im in the excact same situation it is perfectly normal as long as your breast feeding my mom had five children and said as soon as she stopped breast feeding the next week she got her period dont worry its normal

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I breastfed my son for a year and have only just got my periods back now and he is 14 1/2 months.

Krystal - posted on 10/25/2010

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Well...my little man is 17 months old and I still don't have my period either, but I breastfeed on demand, all day and night! :-)
I also bled for 2 months, after my vaginal delivery...bleeding and birth has nothing to do with it.

Kiri - posted on 10/24/2010

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My daughter is 13 months and i only just got my period.. i wouldnt worry, who wants to have periods anyway, i loved it when my friends complained about period pains coz i made me think, thank god i dont have that to worry about now!

Donna - posted on 10/23/2010

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I just got mine while still breastfeeding after 18 months. I enjoyed every month without them!! I do night feeds & a special restrictive diet as my daughter is very allergic. I am slimmer now after my second child than before conceiving my first - can fit into my wedding dress again & I am 42!

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2010

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6 weeks. No worries you are okay! If you are worried you might want to take a pregnancy test as breastfeeding is not a reliable source of birth control :)

Janelle - posted on 10/23/2010

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my son is now 10 months and my 'aunt flo' sends letters but hasn't come for a full visit just yet! lol

Cheryl - posted on 10/23/2010

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Hi Tina,
No its not too long : ) don't worry, but you CAN still fall pregnant during that time.

When you stop breastfeeding and your hormones sort themselves out, it will arrive (unless you're pregant!) :D

Denice - posted on 10/23/2010

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hey i did not get my period for 8 and a halth months after haveing my daughter all pregnanses are different you will just take a little longer kind regards denice

Tina - posted on 10/23/2010

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this has been SUCH a help. i cannot thank you ladies enough! i'm quite at peace now. once i wean my baby, and my period still doesn't come back for a couple of months, then i guess it will be time to do something about it. don't worry, i still have to go to my doc for some other stuff so i'll bring this up anyway, but it's not worrying me any more. thanks, u guys are the best!!! :)

Adriane - posted on 10/23/2010

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I am BF and it took me 5 mos to get my period back. as for the weight i have only lost 10 lbs of the 40 i want to loose. the more i keep the junk food out of the house is when i loose. i am also a stay at home mom so i take the baby walking about every other day. he really enjoys being out side and i love getting fresh air and seeing the trees turn! it is also nice and refreshing to have a change of scenery!

Lil - posted on 10/22/2010

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Look dont worry go to the doctors and get tested
I had 4 daughters it was about 2 months befor my periods came But when i had my last baby at 38
It never came back Yes i was so pleased as i did not want any more it was a boy after 4 daughters who was like mum to him and they was a great help
But have a check up with the doctors as it will sel\ttle your mind and maybe stop you worring
Lil
Lil

Jasmine - posted on 10/22/2010

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It really depends on your body chemistry, if you breastfed or not, and how active you are! ME, I probably had my period about 3 months after... I did not breastfeed, BUT, I produce milk like crazy, (and I still have some 18 months later, ewww)... But dont worry about it, it will come...

Gayle - posted on 10/22/2010

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With my second baby, I didn't get my perid for 13 months. I freaked out each month after month 4 and took a home pregnancy test every month. So it's not unusual. However, if you have any concerns, you should talk to your gyn.

Sara - posted on 10/22/2010

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You can not have a period till you stop breast feeding it's normal. C Section makes no difference, its the fact you are breastfeeding. Some people also don't get a period for a while after even when they aren't bf. I bled for nearly 10 weeks after then I had a period then another and so i went on the pill... i'm now off the pill as i feel it was way too early and i'm now waiting for a period and i'm still BF so who knows whether i'll get one or not?.... but please don't worry.. if after 2 months after your milk has dried up you haven't had one then see your doc.

Edith - posted on 10/22/2010

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hello Tina,
I think it is different for individuals. I do know of people who their period did not come until one year.
For me, if I am on exclusive BF, then my period does not come but immediately I introduce solids, my period starts.
You can also discuss this with your gynaecologist and hear what he says.

Pamela - posted on 10/22/2010

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I never got mine but I would have got it 6 months after the birth of my son except I was pregnant again. I actually didn't get my period for over two years with two mc then the birth of my two sons and it returned 5 months after having my second son.. I was Bfing both the first I bf up until 9 months and the second only 4 as he had problems feeding.

Victoria - posted on 10/22/2010

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i ad both my kids by c-section my daughter was an emergency c-section n wen i ad her i bleed 4 5 days n my period went bk 2 normal and shes 3 now but with my son who is now 20months old my period still havent gone rite since i had him i bleed for wks after i had him and now my periods are all over the place i come on twice a month which does my head in as before i knew when i was going to come on but now i havent got a clue and i would really like to try for another baby but with my periods the way they are i aint having much luck with it

Nikki - posted on 10/21/2010

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I weaned and now only BF in the morning and before bed. I got my period after 6 months ... sicks too lol

Cheryl - posted on 10/21/2010

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I think you should make sure you are not pregnant again. If you are much overweight, your body stops having periods. (some people)

Sunshine - posted on 10/21/2010

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My Best friend BF her 18 months old still & she hasn't gotten one.. Thats normal you don't have no worries you should be quit happy LOL :)

Julia - posted on 10/21/2010

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I completely understand, I do too! I heard that mirena works pretty well for most people, so I hope you get lucky and don't have to have one!

Italia - posted on 10/21/2010

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thanks julia... i guess i wanted to be part of that percent of women who don't lol. i'm gonna get the mirena and i hear u stop getting periods now i'm thinking i won't get that lucky :)

Julia - posted on 10/21/2010

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Italia, some women do get their periods while breastfeeding, it just depends on the woman. Every body is different. Don't worry, having a period (a light one) is normal too! It could go either way.

Italia - posted on 10/21/2010

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hi ladies... so i bleed till about six weeks during postpartum my baby is about 10weeks old and around week 8th week i got a period lasted 4days no cramps nothing just like how it was before getting preggars. the thing is i'm breastfeeding and I thought that I wouldn't get a period since i was... what's wrong with me?

Julia - posted on 10/21/2010

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Some mothers don't get their period the ENTIRE time they are breastfeeding, and even afterward for a few months. Don't be too concerned until 3 months after you stop breastfeeding. Then you can consult a physician.

April - posted on 10/21/2010

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Jusyt enjoy it! I breastfed my son for 14 months, and got my first period two months AFTER I stopped breastfeeding.

Sarah - posted on 10/21/2010

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My youngest will be 8 months old on sunday, and I still haven't had mine. Don't worry about it, or talk to a doctor if you are concerned. My advice: enjoy it while you can! And remember: not having your period does NOT mean you aren't fertile! I have three kids, ages 3 1/2yrs, 2yrs, and 8 months. I concieved when each of the older two were 9 months old, having not had a period between pregnancies. I haven't had a period in 4 years at this point. So, unless you want another one right now, use some sort of protection!

Dariela - posted on 10/21/2010

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my son is 3months old n he is bottle feeding.. i tried to breast feed but he didn't latch on n not a lot of breast milk coming out... i got my period when he was 2 months old n it lasted for almost 3 weeks plus am taking the shot.. no by choice( hubby wanted me to be on birth control). mind u i also push just to find out that my son was head down face down so i needed c-section.

Spring - posted on 10/21/2010

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I didn't get my period until after my daughters first birthday. I am still breastfeeding. She is 18 months now.

Krystal - posted on 10/21/2010

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I'm still BF my 10 month old and still no period! Hopefully it will hold off for a while longer LOL. I have a friend who has a 1 year old and she still hasn't gotten her period yet (she BF also). We both have mirena so that may make a difference.

Letty - posted on 10/21/2010

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Don't worry, I didn't get my until my son was 7 months old. My sister -in-law didn't get hers until her daughter was 22 months. Every body is different. It will come and then you will have those times when you think, " I wanted you back, why?!"

Lois - posted on 10/21/2010

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I breastfed both my children. With my first born it started 8 weeks after birth. With my daughter it didn't come back until I stopped breastfeeding which was 15months!! So if you included not having a period during pregnancy and add the 15 months to it, I didn't have my period for almost 2 years! It was great. And once it started it was right back to being regular every month. Also you should be losing your baby weight faster while you're breastfeeding because of hormones it induces as well as the fact that you burn about 2000 calories a day by breastfeeding. It took me a year with my first to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. But only took 9 months with my second. Hope this helps :)

Tina - posted on 10/21/2010

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jennifer, i'm facing the same problem of how to wean my baby. he's been exclusively breastfed the first six months, and now he's started solids but his preferred meal is still my milk, especially at night. he HATES the bottle. the docs did not allow us to introduce the bottle to him in the first six months because of "nipple confusion" and now the lil chap has no idea what to do with it. i would ideally like to reduce his feeds to twice a day now, and continue that till he's 1 year old, at which time i'd like to wean him completely. but he has his own plans! :)

Mabyn - posted on 10/21/2010

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I had a c-section and breastfed my baby for about 7 months and never got my period while I was breastfeeding. After I stopped, it took my body a couple months to regulate itself again before I got my period back. Even once it returned it wasn't the same as it was before I got pregnant, but it slowly started to return to normal. My baby is now 19 months old and my body is the same as before...period wise!

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