7 weeks post-pardum and breast feeding 100%...is this my period?

Alicia - posted on 02/13/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter was born December 21, 09 and is 7 almost 8 weeks old. I am exclusively giving her breast milk and I have not had any problems nursing. My milk supply is great, in fact...it runeth over! I read so many things stating that as long as I breastfed, my period will be delayed due to hormone supression. I had my post pardum OB visit January 28, 10 (at about 6 weeks). At this time my post delivery bleeding tapered off and pretty much siezed. My Dr examined me and said that my uterus was pretty much back to a smaller size and she was convinced I would not bleed much longer. Today I woke up to what appears to be a period. I am assuming that it is, since it arrived with slight cramping and lower back aches. I haven't bled in about 2-3 weeks. Is this my period? Has anyone else experianced this? It would really be a bummer to be the 1% who actually has a period while they brestfeed...I was looking forward to that perk...ugh!

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Laura - posted on 02/13/2010

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I can't say that I experienced the same thing because I have yet to have mine return and I gave birth in July. However, I do know that my OB said that it really varies for different women depending on their bodies, so it is likely that you really might have started back into having your period though you are breastfeeding and it's only been a couple months. My doctor explained to me that that is why they say that nursing is not a 100% birth control measure, as some women may start ovulating (thus, having their period as well) earlier than the 6 months post-partum that is often quoted as the safe time for nursing mothers to not get pregnant again.

Coralyn - posted on 02/13/2010

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i had my period once about 7 week post-pardum as well. but it has come back since. I read that this was normal.

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