Breastfeeding and no period!!

Risheka - posted on 07/29/2009 ( 55 moms have responded )

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I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old. I have not had a period and not on any form of bc. Is it true that you can not get pregnant unless you have a period while breastfeeding?

I breastfed my 9 year old till he was14 months old and didn't have period for a year. I know everyone is different...just wanted to make sure I had my fact correct.





According to Dr. Sears website....breastfeeding being used as a natural contraceptive is 98% percent reliable if you answers NO to these 3 questions.



http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T023700...

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Bridget - posted on 08/04/2009

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it's true you can get pregnant while breastfeeding. One of the early signs of pregnancy is tender nipples. I'm told it will feel like it did when you first started to breastfeed. Hope this helps.

Risheka - posted on 08/03/2009

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#45 Breastfeeding contributes to optimal child spacing
First of all, please know that it is certainly possible to get pregnant while you are still breastfeeding. However, many breastfeeding women do not ovulate for the first 6 months or so following the birth of a new baby. This is true only for those who are exclusively breastfeeding (no supplements or solid food), and have not yet gotten their periods back following childbirth. Night nursing encourages longer amenorrhoea (periodlessness). If you really don't want to get pregnant again, use some back up birth control even if you haven't gotten your period again. Unless you are carefully following a natural family planning program, you will have no way of knowing when your first ovulation will occur, and by the time you figure it out you may be expecting! Still, generally speaking, breastfeeding contributes to optimum child spacing.
Resource: http://www.promom.org/101/

Jackie - posted on 08/02/2009

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You can't get pregnant like a girl going through puberty.... which REALLY means you CAN get pregnant!!! I can't stress this enough. You don't know when you will ovulate and when you will get your next period. Its not a reliable form of birth control since the invention of the grocery store. 100 years ago I would have said yes. But mothers didn't get enough calories in their diets to breast feed and ovulate/form a lining in their uterus and well stay pregnant. Please don't use nursing as your form of birth control.

Lindsey - posted on 08/04/2009

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Btw, I am expecting again and plan to breastfeed again. It is the healthiest, most natural form of nurishment a newborn will receive and I praise you for nursing your children!

Beverly - posted on 08/04/2009

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I breastfed my first son for 2 years and didn't get a period until 5 months after I stopped. That was soooo nice. But you most definitely get pregnant while breastfeeding and no period. A very god friend of mine got pregnant 3 months after the birth of her daughter and was breastfeeding...she continued to breastfeed while pregnant as well.



I chose to get the Paragaurd IUD because it's harmone free and is a 10 year plan, also there is only a 6 month wait for fertility to bounce back once it's removed.



I was a little nervous to get it but it realy was nothing. You go in like you would for a regular check-up and she incerts it in 5 minutes or less. There is heavy bleeding for about 2 weeks, similar to bleedin after birth, and cramps like a period but it stops.



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Rachel - posted on 08/05/2009

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you can get pregnant before you have your first period. As long as you ovulated just before you are going to get your first period after pregnancy, you might not end up getting your period because you have already gotten pregnant on your first ovulation before you get the chance to shed the lining (period).

Lindsey - posted on 08/04/2009

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I breastfed my son for 18 months. When he was only 7 months old, I got pregnant. I had not resumed menstration at that time so yes, you absolutely can get pregnant while still nursing. It is much harder to get pregnant/stay pregnant while nursing.. unfortunately I miscarried at about 6 weeks and resumed menstration 1 month later.

Charndra - posted on 08/04/2009

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Hi Risheka,

no, that's not true. Plenty pf Moms / Mums get pg while bf, no period yet.



I had LAM for two years - it was AWESOME!

Jenna - posted on 08/03/2009

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I just got my first period after my daughter was born a year ago. I have been breastfeeding her practically constantly and maybe thats why I got my period because we have begun the weaning process.

Cheryl - posted on 08/03/2009

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To answer your best method of birth control, I use an IUD. It does not have a hormone in it. All of those other methods goes to your milk and your baby will get some of the hormones. The IUD lasts 5 years and you don't have to worry about anything. You can have it taken out at anytime if you plan to have children before that.

Cheryl - posted on 08/03/2009

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I am nursing my 7 month old son and have not had my period. My doctor told me that after you have your baby you are very fertile and just because you don't have your period does not mean you won't get pregnant.

Barbara - posted on 08/03/2009

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Yes, you don't get your periods back for a length of time while you are breastfeeding. I think I got mine back after 4 mos. For your sanity, and sake of the baby, give your self time to adjust to this one before you have any more. AT LEAST 15 mos. If you have one after the other, your body doesn't full recoup. I would NOT depend on the absence of your period as a contraceptive. It is better to be safe. There is always a risk of preganancy without. Condoms are the best because you don't have to take a pill while you are breastfeeding. Hope this helps!

Risheka - posted on 08/03/2009

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Yes, I have read several articles from Dr.Sears and Promom and some say you can and some say you can't. I didn't get pregnant when I breastfed my oldest son till he was 14 months old and I never had a period until a few months after he weaned.
Now I am breastfeeding my 3 month old son and I am not on any birth control...Just wanted to see if I can play the odds again :)

Lisa - posted on 08/03/2009

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My OB/GYN said that you CAN get pregnant while breastfeeding and gave me a BC that was okay to take while breastfeeding but strong enough to prevent getting pregnant. Also, I've been breastfeeding for 12 1/2 months now and just had my first period since before I was pregnant.

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No that is NOT true! So many women actually go to their 6 week checkup pregnant! Breastfeeding is NOT reliable birth control. You don't have to have a period, you just have to ovulate. Oh, you're lucky by the way! I've had 3 periods so far!!! :(

Kerry - posted on 08/03/2009

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He was on solids as well as breast, he feed on the breast till 11 1/2 months and I only stopped beacuse I did not want to be feeding two of them at once.. He was probably having about 3 breast feeds a day at that stage.

Risheka - posted on 08/03/2009

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So, you found out you were pregnant after you had introduce your son to baby food @ 9 months or was he strictly breastfeeding @ 9 months and you found out you were 2 months pregnant?

Kerry - posted on 08/03/2009

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I was breast feeding my 1st son and did not menstruate...when he was 9months I found out I was 2 months pregnant, so defintely yes you can get pregnant...my only symptom was I was tired again and needing my nanna naps...so be very careful....No 2 son is now 6 months old and although be is not exclusively breastfeeding I have started cycling agin...so every preganancies is different .....be careful I now have 2 beautiful boys but only 13 months apart due to the fact that No 2 was 10 weeks premmie...IT IS HARD WORK....If you dont want another right now.....look at every avenue available...Hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 08/02/2009

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I used micronor (whicch is a pill) each time after my kids it is safe while you are nursing. It worked for me, the only thing is that once you stop BF you need to which birth control. Micronor is only effect when you are BF. Another option is an IUD and then you wouldn't have to change anything when you stop BF.

Lauren - posted on 08/02/2009

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Yea girl, I agree-use precaution anyway if you dont want another now, lol!! I like 100% more than 98%...i'm going on 6.5 mos breastfeeding w/ no spotting at all but midwives still put me on birth control at my 6wk checkup bc u never know.

Chicky - posted on 08/02/2009

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yes i beleive you can get pregnent. some say you cant some say you can.. it depends on your body. as for a period... ha ha! i liked not having mine for a year. lol :D that was with my first one.. my last 2 i got my period 3 months after having them. i do know that if you get your period while breastfeeding they say that it dont effect your milk.. that is so false. your hormones are up in your body and it goes into your milk and it does make the babies a little fussy. as for conserception... i would use condoms, or get a diaphram. i use no birth control such as pills or injections or such.. i beleive any chemical you inject in your body it will somewhat go into your milk just like everything else. that is why they say not to take ibprofin and such. hope that helps. good luck! :D

Santeiria - posted on 08/02/2009

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I think it different for each person. With my two yr old I breastfed her for 11 1/2 months but got a period by the time she was three months. With my son, who's seven months, I got first period about a month ago and immediately called my doctor for birth control options. With my daughter I took the all progesterone pill called Micronor and now I have the Mirena (IUD). I would really recommend that you take some type of precaution if you do not wish to become pregnant anytime soon. Oh and about breastfeeding exclusively and not getting pregnant, you still have to start to introduce your baby to solid foods over time.I dont think it's healthy or safe for a person to go over six months without giving their baby solids, snacks, and juices, just to get out of having a period. I think it boosts their eating habits and if you don't overfeed them they'll stll feed at their normal times! Hope this helps!

Courtney - posted on 08/02/2009

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There are 2 different IUDs and the Paragard is good for 10 years and has NO hromones. The Mirena is good fro 5 years and has hormones.
Just FYI

Courtney - posted on 08/02/2009

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NO it is not true. You may ovulate before that first period and could easily get pregnant then. A cousin did just that at 4 months PP so be careful. Yes nursing helps, but it is NOT a guarantee and if you really don't want more children right away then you need to use some form of birth control. My period did not return until about 15 months with both kids and I was pregnant at 17 months with #2. I have an IUD now since we don't want anymore for awhile.

Danni - posted on 08/01/2009

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My baby was eating solid food already but still breastfeeding when I got pregnant and she breastfed up until the 7th month of pregnancy. My milk was still coming until I was 6 months pregnant by the beginning of the 7th I decided to stop nursing her although she still asked for it and I plan on breastfeeding my second baby but this time I'm going on birth control right after my body heals. The best birth control would be the IUD, in my opinion because it's secure and you don't need to take a pill everyday or get a needle every three months, it's inside you for 5 years unless you want to take it out and have another baby.

Risheka - posted on 08/01/2009

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Thanks, for your recommendation, Beth. I will ask my doctor about that type of birth control pills. I am mother of 7 and breastfed all my children. I breastfed my second son till he was 14 months old and never got pregnant nor did I have a period till after he weaned. This time I am also exclusively breastfeeding and no period....

Beth - posted on 08/01/2009

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My recommendation is progesterone only birth control pills (safe to take while breastfeeding). If you do not want another baby, then you should use some form of birth control - do not depend on breastfeeding to keep you from getting pregnant, you might end up with another baby sooner than you wish.

Janine - posted on 08/01/2009

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I'm breastfeeding my 4th child who is now 6 months old. My periods haven't started but I wouldn't have unprotected sex unless your happy to fall pregnant again as I fell pregnant with babies 2 and 3 whilst still breastfeeding babies 1 and 2 respectively.

Melissa - posted on 08/01/2009

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I breastfed my daughter until she was 17 months old and never had a period. But with my son who is 20 months old and i got my period when he was 6 months old and he's still breastfeeding

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I got my period out of the blue when my son was 6 months and I was still breastfeeding...I had not had it the first 6 months...not even spotting. My friend, who also breastfed, got her period within the 10 weeks

Beth - posted on 07/31/2009

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Every woman is different, and every woman's hormone levels are different. You won't get your first period until AFTER you ovulate for the first time. If you happen to get pregnant during this first ovulation, you will never get that period. Statistics work on averages....I personally am very fertile. I had a m/c and the stats say that it takes 6-8 wks for you to begin a fertile cycle after m/c......it took me 5 DAYS !!! SURPRISE!!!

The only way to ensure that you don't get pregnant while breastfeeding (even exclusively) is to use some form of birth control. Anything with hormones will cross into the breast milk, so I recommend condoms. Hubby may not think this is much fun, but it definitely works.

Julie - posted on 07/31/2009

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I haven't read through your other reply's but statically you are considered "safe for sex" (as long as you are EXCLUSIVELY nursing) for up to 6 months after baby is born. Its as effective as having your tube tied. At 6 months your body starts to change and your milk becomes less fatty thus requiring less calories from you to produce and you will start the process of starting ovulating again- even if your not having a period yet. So for 6 months, enjoy! After- be careful. :)

Emma - posted on 07/31/2009

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breastfeeding 'could' stops periods but there is no set length of time, every woman is different so when they start again you cud get pregnant and not realise!

Marabeth - posted on 07/31/2009

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some women just ovulate once before their menstrual cycles restart. it all has to do with your body's hormone levels and how it reacts to them. breastfeeding releases hormones and changes your levels which is why most women who b/f every three hours are 'safe.'

Risheka - posted on 07/31/2009

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Did at any point you wonder if you could be pregnant? Where you on birth control? I am trying to understand why some people get pregnant while breastfeeding and have no period.

LaTeesha - posted on 07/30/2009

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I am still breastfeeding, my about to be 3 year old son! And I got my period a couple of day after he turned 1.

Kimberly - posted on 07/30/2009

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You can absolutely get pregnant while breast feeding!! I also have been bf for about 3 mos and have not had my period.

Marabeth - posted on 07/30/2009

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http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T023700...





check that link out, its very helpful here. and while its *possible* to ovulate while exclusively breastfeeding it's not common. you definitely dont ovulate regularly like another post suggested.





the natural contraception makes me glad my daughter wakes up every two or thee hours a night to nurse. :)

Teresa - posted on 07/30/2009

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No DEPO... it took me a year to get a period after i stopped depo. I used the mirena... never had any problem. I had it taken out and was back to normal the first month. It is safe during breastfeeding.

Risheka - posted on 07/30/2009

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Oh, ok. Was your daughter still exclusively breastfeeding or on food at 13 months old? I thought that once baby started on food then your body would start to ovulate because he/she was not nursing as often. Are you able to still nurse while being pregnant? Does pregnancy effect milk supply?

Danni - posted on 07/30/2009

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She was 13 months old. She would latch on as usual and then pull away right after but she couldn't sleep without it. Eventually she was back to breastfeeding as usual but that was the first sign that told me I might be pregnant.

Risheka - posted on 07/30/2009

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Okay, so one sign is if my son starts refusing to nurse or just asks funny in general when breastfeeding? I never had morning sickeness with none of my kids. I just looked for missed periods and sore breast.So, can't off of that anymore since I haven't had a period.
How old was your baby when you found out you were pregnant?

Danni - posted on 07/30/2009

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For one thing, my daughter acted differently to my breast milk. A friend of mine told me that a baby knows when their mother is pregnant by the taste of the milk and on top of that I was having morning sickness and more hungry. Just the usual pregnancy symptoms and I took 2 pregnancy tests just to be sure. And sure enough, I was.

Risheka - posted on 07/30/2009

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wow? really? I didn't know that you can still ovulate. How did you know you were pregnant since you didn't have a period?

Danni - posted on 07/30/2009

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Yup, you still ovulate while you're breastfeeding, even if you don't get your period. Which makes it possible to get pregnant while nursing. I was breastfeeding and didn't have a regular period for almost a year and I'm pregnant with my second baby while my first is finally getting off the breast, she's 1 year and 8 months old. :)

Risheka - posted on 07/30/2009

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okay, thanks for the information. I really appreciate it. I guess breastfeeding does not prevent pregnancy. What is the safest birth control to take while nursing? My dr suggested depo but I read about side effects.

Do you ovulate at all while breastfeeding?

Karen - posted on 07/30/2009

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I am breastfeeding my 8 month old & bf my 4 yr old for a year. It did take a couple months for my period to come back after weaning. YES you can definitley get pregnant. It happened to my cousin. Her oldest just turned 1 2 weeks ago & she is due with her 2nd any day now.

Risheka - posted on 07/30/2009

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Okay, so you can get pregnant while breastfeeding even if you never used formula, baby food or pacifier? WOW! That is something. My last period was August 8, 2008...It been almost a year since I had period.

Amy - posted on 07/29/2009

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yep you can get pregnant while breast feeding without getting a period. my daughter is 16 months old and has been weaned about a month and i have yet to get a period. With my second my cycle started after about 5 months and with my first after a year. It just varies when it starts again.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2009

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u CAN get pregnant, but it is a little harder... also i hve been breastfeeding for about 8 months and still no period... my mom is an RN and she said that it could take 3 months for your period to come back after you stop breastfeeding...

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