Menstral Cycle while Breast Feeding

Kristin - posted on 12/29/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hey I am starting this one over as I don't know where my last post is. Is it normal to have a period for a few months then stop while breast feeding? I am starting to get worried because I have been feeling sick lately.

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Chi - posted on 10/28/2012

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good day to all....i just want to ask or anyone knows maybe u can help me. im breastfeeding to my daughter 2 month and 5 days old. i never taking any contraception yet because i never ready yet having sex with my husband because his so buzy to his work after i giving birth.so i just want to asking if safety to taking a pills even my period not yet come? is there anyone can help me to know what i do? please rply asap...thanks all

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Kristin, if you're interested in reading some great info on this subject, I strongly recommend "Breastfeeding and Natural Childspacing" by Sheila Kippley - it talks all about breastfeeding and amenorrhea, or the absence of menstruation, and when and why menstruation can return. (Yes, your period can come back, and then stop again while breastfeeding.) It's a fascinating read, and easy to understand, too - no need for a medical background. I have to say, this book totally changed our lives - it gives a beautiful look into natural mothering lifestyles, and great encouragement to breastfeeding mamas. Check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Breastfeeding-Natu...

Good luck, and God bless!

Emily - posted on 12/30/2008

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Pretty much anything could be considered "normal" for a breastfeeding mom. For the first few months most bleeding is just "breakthrough" bleeding... basically leftovers from the birth because mom has tried to do too much. If the bleeding is much more consistent with a pre-pregnancy period, you can consider it a period, but that doesn't mean you're ovulating and fertile again...

That said... my first two kids are 12 months and 1 day apart. I conceived #2 when #1 was 3 1/2 months old, I'd had one period, but was exclusively breastfeeding. My second and third are exactly 19 months apart. I was still exclusively breastfeeding and had three periods post-partum at very random intervals. We were hoping for another one by then, so it wasn't as big of a surprise.

I'd go ahead and test for pregnancy, but if it's negative, don't stress it.

Erika - posted on 01/02/2009

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I'd get a pregnancy test if you really want to know. I'm currently kind of in a similar situation, but I'm opting to not test b/c I don't think I want to know! Its definitely possible for your cycles to be all over the place while breastfeeding. Its also definitely possible to get pregnant early on - especially if you pump and/or supplement at all. Good luck!

Cheri - posted on 12/31/2008

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YOU MAY BE PREGNANT:) Did you really have a true cycle, or was it just post partum bleeding? post partum bleeding can linger for 2 months depending on your body and how often you are resting. soooo walmart has cheap preg. tests 2 for 6 dollars...be blessed:)

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Lori - posted on 10/28/2012

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If you're talking about Birth Control Pills, and you're breastfeeding, there is a Mini Pill that has progesterone only that is generally considered safe to take while breastfeeding. You'll want to avoid taking anything with estrogen in it while breastfeeding. And yes, you can begin taking it before your periods return. It may cause your periods to return by taking it though.



If you have further questions... please start a new thread. We're always happy to help, but this thread is almost 4 years old and will be closed to further comments

Carly - posted on 01/02/2009

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My daughter is 4 months old and I haven't had a period yet either. I was worried about it, especially since I had my tubes "tied!" My doc said it was totally normal. But it can't hurt to take the test just for your peace of mind.

Patricia - posted on 01/01/2009

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I would get a pregnancy test. Also, with my first child I had regular periods starting at six weeks post-partum, and she NEVER took a bottle, it was all me. Now with my son, I haven't had a period yet, and he is 18 months old. Go figure....

Leeann - posted on 12/31/2008

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I had the 6 weeks of bleeding from having my son and then 2 days of not bleeding before a regular period then 3 weeks of nothing and now i just had a 17 day period. I'm so glad its not just me. I was getting worried

Joanne - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son is now 13 months and I've not had a period since my post-partum bleeding, but I am not worried as my son feeds loads, even through the night. With my third son I didn't have a period for two years, he too breastfed a lot. Its normal not to have periods if you are feeding your baby quite a lot. However this should not be used as a form of birth control as you may still fall pregnant. If in doubt do a test and put your mind at ease.

Ashleigh - posted on 12/30/2008

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I found that we just had to work at it...my son is almost 9 months old now, and really, I feel like I just got back to normal just now! I found if we made time for each other at least once a week, even if it was just cuddling, it helped alot!

Hanim - posted on 12/29/2008

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What about libido issue? shall we discuss about this too? My baby now is coming to his 6th month in few day. Since birth till now I didnt get a tiny bit of desire to be with hubby. Its such a torture to us but in different way...Help please momies....

Ashleigh - posted on 12/29/2008

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My period has been coming back off and on since my son was 3 months old...I got it for like 2 months, and then it stopped for a couple, and then got it back another month...I did think I was pregnant inbetween but am not lol...it's normal for it to come and go, but if you are feeling sick you should maybe take a pregnancy test, maybe there's a surprise!

Shae - posted on 12/29/2008

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How old is your baby? Generally, after having a baby, you have the post-partum bleeding anywhere from 2-8 weeks, and then if you are breastfeeding, you will most likely not have a period until your baby starts eating solids more regularly, and breastfeeding less. Some women can also get their period back just a couple of months after delivery, while others may not get it back for a year or so.



Did you get your periods back, and now they are gone, and you are thinking that you may be pregnant again?

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