Breastfeeding, the minipill, and getting your period?

Jessica - posted on 06/16/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My baby boy will be 2 months on Sunday and I got my period today, I am very dissappointed because I thought I wouldn't get it until we quit breastfeeding and right now we do mostly breast milk (he gets one bottle a day, working on eliminating it, due to having surgery and other health concerns had to put him on pumped breastmilk and formula on 2 different occasions while I pumped and dumped, then it takes a bit to get my supply all the way back)... but do you think it coming so early has something to do with the minipill? Or with me having to pump and dump for those two periods of time? I am very dissappointed :( Also will this effect my milk production at all?

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Krista - posted on 09/17/2012

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When I had my son 3 years ago, I exclusively breastfed him, and went on the mini pill at 6 weeks. I did not have a period until 3 months after I weaned him (when he turned 14 months). I just had my daughter 7 weeks ago and am again EBF. Went on the mini pill a week ago and got my period 3 days ago. I guess it can be different for each person, or different for every child, as your body changes each time you get pregnant or have a child.

Anna Marie - posted on 06/20/2011

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Pumping does not release the same hormones to tell your body to stay infertile. Unfortunately many moms I know that have pumped for one reason or another, even just a few times, seem to get their cycles back sooner. The body seems to know the difference between the baby and the pump!,
I have heard of some moms having a slight decrease in their milk production the week before and perhaps during their period, but I have not experienced this and have been nursing for the last 4 years with my two boys and have had many periods throughout! Just keep on doing what you are :)

Shelz - posted on 06/20/2011

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I got my period just like you, then i went on mini pill and it went, then i went off it and it stayed away, i just had my first one again and son is 8 months. With my daughter i didnt have one til she was 9 months then i got pregnant after that lol.

Anna Marie - posted on 06/20/2011

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Forgot to mention that the minipill can have an impact on your milk production, so if you do notice a decrease, look at the minipill as a potential cause for that decrease.

Kelley - posted on 06/20/2011

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I thought and had hoped the same thing! My daughter was 5 months old when I got my period back and I breastfed exclusively for 2 years. My lactation nurse said breastfeeding was no guarantee that I wouldn't get it back. Sorry!

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Rebekah - posted on 09/17/2012

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No, I do not think your periods return has anything to do with the mini-pill.



I've nursed three children, all while on the mini-pill, and I have never had a period while I was breastfeeding. I am currently only nursing my 11 month old twice a day (formula the rest of the time) and I still haven't had a period. With at least the first two, my period returned 2 months after I stopped taking the mini-pill (same time I quit breastfeeding) and switched to a hormone birth control or stopped taking birth control all together.

Tyrae - posted on 06/17/2011

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I have had my period back steadily since my daughter was 2 months old also. I exclusively breastfed with no bottles added in. It's just the way it is sometimes. I couldn't take the mini pill, my milk production dropped dramatically (started the pill AFTER I got my period back) and my daughter lost almost a lb during me taking it, so I stopped. Getting your period won't affect your milk production though so you don't have to worry about that. Every woman is different :)

Emily - posted on 06/17/2011

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No, it won't affect your milk production but you might want to consider a less invasive form of contraception while still feeding. I am still feeding my almost-2 year old son and yes, apparently the milk does taste different while bleeding but they soon get used to it. You'll also probably find that it isn't a normal period, it takes your body a while to settle after birth. Congrats on keeping up with bf though, it sounds like you've been through a lot.

Callie - posted on 06/17/2011

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I got my period back at 6 weeks post partum and ebf for 7 months. My OB just told me I was one of the unlucky ones. With the first few periods my daughter didn't seem to nurse as much right when my period started but after about 3 months she didn't seem to notice or it didn't bother her any more. So I think it might change the taste some but it didn't change my supply. Just drink plenty of water. I tried the mini pill but could never remember to take it so I switched to mirena and haven't had a period since Dec.

Janice - posted on 06/17/2011

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It is not the pill it is just your body. Everyone is different. My daughter was EBF and I went on the mini pill at 6 weeks post-partum. I got my first period around 6 months and every other month from then until she was 12 mo.

Christine - posted on 06/16/2011

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Our daughter is over a year old and I got my period at six weeks post partum and I still am ebf and haven't gone on a pill ! It's just your body being your body ( this is what my dr also explained) it won't affect your supply just make. Sure you keep your fluids up

User - posted on 06/16/2011

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some people get their cycle while breast feeding some don't. with my aunts one got her cycle and one didn't. i have an iud mirena i love it. i had a period for a week or so with it when they put it in but ever since i haven't had one. it lasts for 5 years. maybe you could think about that as an option for you because i'm with you. I do not want a period! good luck girly :))

Lindsy - posted on 06/16/2011

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Yes it is the pill that caused the period. Same thing happened to me when I started on depo with the most resent baby and my last child when I was on the pill then. Yes BFing can keep you from having your period but not with BC. That being said BFing alone should not be relied on as BC.
With my first boy I didn't like the pill so after one pack I quit it. There after I didn't get a period until I quit BFing but we were VERY careful and used condoms always.
If you want to be on BC and not have a period maybe try Depo Provera. That's what I've had the best experience with and it does stop your cycle if that's what you really are after.
Oh and BC (the two I mentioned) shouldn't affect you milk supply. It's all about supply and demand the more you pump or nurse the more your body will make.Best of Luck!

Shauna - posted on 06/16/2011

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My son's eight months old, and I have not had my period back, and I am on the minipill. So I would guess that it coming early probably doesn't have much to do with the minipill. I've heard being on your period can change the taste of your milk, but I don't have any experience as of yet.

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