i had my daughter 4 month ago and have not started

Kelly - posted on 07/04/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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i gave birth to my daughter 4 month ago and had the normal bleeding for 6 weeks. but i have never had a period since. i am breastfeeding and was wondering if it could have been due to that. i have done several pregnancy tests and all come back negative. has anyone else had this problem, im scared to go to the doctors incase there is something wrong please help.

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Melissa - posted on 11/10/2013

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I gave birth to my daughter in July . And got my period back in September and October but this month I haven't gotten it. I had unprotected sex but my husband didn't cum inside. I took three pregnancy test not in the morning and came back negative but still haven't gotten my period. Anyone else with this problem

Nicole - posted on 07/07/2009

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It's relatively common for your period to be delayed while you are nursing. Enjoy it while it lasts, for some it's a few months, for others over a year or more. I would still use protection if you don't want to get pregnant again since you can ovulate at any time.
You are lucky, there are some women, like myself who since get a period monthly even while breast feeding. I bled for 2 weeks after my son was born and had a break for 3 weeks then got a period and have gotten one every month since. This happened with each of my children. Best of luck!

Rebecka - posted on 07/07/2009

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With my first son, I breastfed for 13 months. I never had my period (besides the bleeding after birth) until he was 18 months old. My doctor said it is completely normal.

Ronica - posted on 07/07/2009

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Didn't have my 1st period til she was 14 months. Don't use that as your primary birth control though.

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Angelica - posted on 11/30/2013

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I'm in the same boat. I gave birth in July too, to a baby girl, got my period in august I believe every month besides this one. But I read other comments from different accounts, some woman have their period but by the 4 ish month it's late .

Lori - posted on 11/11/2013

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Melissa - many women find that even though their periods return, they are not quite "regular" for a while. It's very likely that your period not showing up is just due to postpartum hormones still, and if you're still nursing… the nursing hormones can definitely affect your cycle too. Doesn't mean you "can't" get pregnant again yet, so if you don't want another baby yet take precautions.

Randi - posted on 07/07/2009

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i also gave birth 4 mos. ago (March 9). I am breastfeeding and i got a light period when my daughter was 8 or 9 weeks old. I haven't had another one since. All the books say this is normal to not get a period while breastfeeding. With my older daughter, I did get a period, but I was on birth control since she was 6 weeks old. There is probably nothing wrong, just enjoy not having to deal with a period!

Sally - posted on 07/07/2009

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As long as you are exclusively breastfeeding that could/will happen. As you cut down the breastfeeding then your periods should return but do use contraception as accidents do happen!

ME - posted on 07/07/2009

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My son is 17 months old, and I have been breastfeeding too...Never had a period after giving birth. The crazy thing is that I went off birth control in late April, and got pregnant 3 or 4 weeks later without ever having a period! I'm sure that you are fine, don't be afraid to go see your doc. if you have questions or concerns!

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Don't worry! Its perfectly normal to not get your period for many months, some not until you wean the baby. I got my period first period in May when my son was 8 months old. I know some moms in LLL who's babies are over a year and they still have not had a period. You can also find really good information about this sort of thing at www.whattoexpect.com If you are ever scared about anything, don't hesitate to call your doctor's office.

Talisa - posted on 07/06/2009

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HI Kelly, you can never be too safe. But I too have been breastfeeding for the last four months and have not had a period either. I was told by collegues that it was due to the breastfeeding....Good luck.

RaeAnn - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting chernade:

i gave birth to my daughter six and a half weeks ago ,stopped my pp bleeding and two days later started my period . am i abnormal or just unlucky?! i'm breastfeeding about every two hours day and night


I would guess that that wasn't a period, just a 'break' in the post partum bleeding - the same thing happened to me:  I got just about a week off, then it started up again, and I was still breastfeeding.  I thought it was a period, but then it stopped after a few more days, and I didn't get anything until baby was 8 months old and really getting into the solid foods.

Katie - posted on 07/06/2009

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This is normal, it is normal to not get your period for 6 or more months. Although, you may still have a cycle without bleeding, and it is still possible to get pregnant. I haven't had a period since Sept. 2005. I got pregnant, breastfed for over a year then 3 months after weening my first I got pregnant with my second and am still breastfeeding #2. Woo Hoo 3 years, 9 months no period and 2 kids. I Love Breastfeeding!

Sonia - posted on 07/05/2009

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Totally normal. Breastfeeding (most especially ecological breastfeeding which is feeding on cue aroudn the clock, no artificial nipples or supplements and delaying solids for at least 6 months) can stop ovulation. Women who use ecological breastfeeding have an average of 14.5 months before the first post partum period. When bottles, pacifiers or schedules are used, fertility might return earlier. Every woman is different though. SOme women breastfeed ecological and have their period return very early and some women don't get a period even w/ minimal breastfeeding until the child is weaned. Breastfeeding can even be used for birth control if the method is understood and used carefully.

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2009

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My daugther was born is 5 months old. I have had one peroid since she was born. You should call your dr's office if your worried.

Sarah - posted on 07/05/2009

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I had 12 weeks of pp bleeding, which everyone told me was not normal. When I went for my PP checkup (they weren't able to see me until 12 weeks, instead of 6!), she told me that sometimes BF moms bleed much longer PP, but it all depends on the woman. Of course, the day after my appointment I stopped! Just had my first period--at least, I think it was, and not a resuming of PP this late!--and my daughter is just now 5 months...was hoping it wouldn't be for a while longer. As you can see, every woman is different.

Shawna - posted on 07/05/2009

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Quoting chernade:

i gave birth to my daughter six and a half weeks ago ,stopped my pp bleeding and two days later started my period . am i abnormal or just unlucky?! i'm breastfeeding about every two hours day and night


You are  not abnormal. It might also not be your period yet. It could be a little more of the pp bleeding.  However if it was your period, it is completely normal for it to return that soon. Every woman is different and will have their period return when it is time. I had some bleeding a few days after I stopped my pp bleeding then it went away after a few days and hasn't come back since. 

Natasha - posted on 07/05/2009

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i just got my period back for the first time this week and my little one is 5 1/2 months. i was def not happy lol i wish it would never have come back :(

Chernade - posted on 07/05/2009

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i gave birth to my daughter six and a half weeks ago ,stopped my pp bleeding and two days later started my period . am i abnormal or just unlucky?! i'm breastfeeding about every two hours day and night

Stina - posted on 07/05/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

i had my daughter 4 month ago and have not started

i gave birth to my daughter 4 month ago and had the normal bleeding for 6 weeks. but i have never had a period since. i am breastfeeding and was wondering if it could have been due to that. i have done several pregnancy tests and all come back negative. has anyone else had this problem, im scared to go to the doctors incase there is something wrong please help.



As you can see by the number of ladies posting with when they resumed menstruation, you are normal.  I too am one who takes about a year or so... basically when the nursing slowed down.  



However, when you are afraid something might be wrong with you, it's ok to call to speak to a nurse or your doctor.  It's what they are their for. 



I wish you many more period free (non-pregnant) months  :-)



 

Judi - posted on 07/04/2009

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How really blessed some of you women are! I have been breastfeeding now for six months but my period returned only three months after I had my little Evan! It really sucked, but what can you do. My period still is much more irregular than it was before I was pregnant, so I'm still waiting for it to even out in that way, but nevertheless, its still here!!!

Christine - posted on 07/04/2009

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I got my period back at 11 months. At 9 months I went back to work and started going 10 hours between day time feeds.

Chelsea - posted on 07/04/2009

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On average a woman that is breasfeeding gets her period when the infant is 14 months old. You are completely normal. However, this does not mean you can't get pregnant. You could still get pregnant even before your cycle returns.

Nicole - posted on 07/04/2009

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I had my little girl February 15th, and I've also yet to get my period (after the normal PP bleeding). The hormones that your body secretes while you breastfeed delay ovulation, and therefore delays your mentruation cycles from returning after giving birth. It is completely normal, and will likely continue for as long as you're breastfeeding consistently throughout the day AND evening. When your little one starts sleeping through the night and the feedings become more spread out during the day you will likely see the re-appearance of your cycle.

However, if you are still feeling nervous after about 9 or 10 months, speak with your doctor for some peace of mind.



hope that helps!

Shawna - posted on 07/04/2009

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It is so completely normal for you to not have your period yet. If you are really concerned you can call and talk to the Dr., but I wouldn't make an appt. just for that. This link shows a chart based on age and return of period, and most experience it around the time the child is 1 year.http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/fertil... If it has been over a year, and you still want to make an appt with your Dr to make sure everything is ok. I know some moms who haven't had theirs return and their child is 21 months.

User - posted on 07/04/2009

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In my experience, this is completely normal, but if you are super-concerned, call your doctor's office and speak to a nurse - they can reassure you and calm any fears and concerns that you have. You don't have to schedule an appointment with your doctor unless the nurse you speak to recommends it.

Krista - posted on 07/04/2009

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I breastfed as well and didn't get a period until he was 14 months old and I cut down to only letting him nurse once a day. Everyone's body is different as to when it will return to normal ovulation but it is a natural way of your body making sure you don't get pregnant too quick after the birth. Enjoy it!!! I would not have wanted to deal with a period while dealing with my newborn. Use condoms if you are having sex or get on the mini pill ( though I have heard it doesnt always work all that well) If you want to continue nursing (which is great!) don't start on any combination hormonal birth control or it will make your supply stop. Congrats on your baby and you decision to breastfeed!

Jen - posted on 07/04/2009

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When breastfeeding, its normal for your period to be delayed in returning. Thats why they say to use some form of birth control protection because you can never be sure at what point you will start to ovulate again. I've been nursing for 3 months and it still hasn't returned yet thankfully and a friend of mine has a 9 month old that she's still nursing and she just got hers for the first time last week. Enjoy the break! (But still rely on using some form of birth control)

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