Anyone else not gotten their period back?
Jo - posted on 07/06/2010
Hate to say it but it isnt entirely true that you wont get your priod whilst breastfeeding - it can delay it for some, and oftern does for quite a while, but it doesnt guarantee that you wont get it whilst breasfeeding. Each and every person is different and their hormone levels are too. I got my period whilst exclusively breasfeeding one of mine but had issues with my milk drying quickly with hormonal issues. If you are at all concerned, speak with your gp and get some further info from them and or a breasfeeding association. It never hurts to be armed with info.
Victoria - posted on 07/05/2010
I gave birth March 4th. The birth went fantastic, the pregnancy was perfect, and everything was just amaizing. She latched on like a natural and even after those three first excruciating weeks of nipple pain i am still breastfeeding. I did not get my cylce back until i got Mirena (birth control IUD) put in on April 11th, we are now on July 5th and i have not STOPPED bleeding. Wich apparently is normal because with Mirena you can bleed continuously for an additional 3-6 months.
My doctor told me to think of it as making up for all those months i went without it while i was pregnant...hahaha
But i really believe that if i hadnt started this new birth control that i still would not have had my period. Because after the birth (vaginal) and everything that she used to survive on in there exited my body, the only blood i had coming out of there was excess afterbirth stuff.
Heather - posted on 07/05/2010
its nice to know I'm not the only one! my third son was born on the 14th March and was mixed feeding for the first four weeks. he is now exclusively on formula, yet still nothing. as a few other mums on here - I'm making the most of being period-free!!
Jo - posted on 07/04/2010
Hi.. Each and every woman is different - I have issues with hormone imbalance that interrupted my breasfeeding but my cycles returned shortly after both babies, infact exactly 35 days after the initial lochia bleeding ceased. I have friends in my mothers group though who have exclusively breastfed and have 16 month olds and no monthly cycle. Also, please be aware that whilst breastfeeding hormones can inhibit ovulation but you may well still be ovulating but not going through the shedding phase of your cycle - (bleeding) this stage of the cycle is triggered by a drop in progesterone which doesnt occur in the same way whilst breastfeeding. I know of many ladies who've conceived the next bub whilst feeding and having no cycle!!
Charlotte - posted on 07/04/2010
this is completely normal! and a great bonus to breast feeding! the hormones produced during breastfeeding inhibit ovulation, therefore no periods. it took about 1 yr for me to start having periods after each of my children.
Sue - posted on 07/04/2010
I breastfed my 3 1/2 year old son exclusively until he was about 20 months old and the month after he weaned completely is when I got my period. I had my daughter on March 27th and am looking forward to another long break from pms:) Enjoy it!
Elaine - posted on 07/04/2010
Mine didn't start with my first until she was 14 months old - fabulous!!! I gave birth March 20th and still haven't started and am hoping that I get the year + that I got with my daughter! You're okay - especially if you're breastfeeding - however everyone is different...
Kelly - posted on 07/04/2010
I agree, ENJOY!!! I had a May, June, & now a July. I have to say I have never had period's like this. They are horrible. The first one I had horrible cramps & bled a lot. I am still pretty uncomfortable but they are getting a little better each month. I am still bleeding a lot and for about 8 days. I have tried Midol, tylenol but am open for any suggestions.
Just be pleased you havent had it.
Salime - posted on 07/03/2010
Hi Jennifer! I gave birth on March 5th and my period isn't back either.. it seems that it's different from woman to woman. Besides, if you are constantly breastfeeding it could be months, even over a year, before your period gets back. For what I've read it seems to be completely normal, but if you have any doubts maybe you should ask your OB.
Lara - posted on 07/03/2010
My daughter was born march 5th and I still have no period. I breastfed for the first 2 months, but had to go to pumping into bottles because we were having so much trouble with feeds because my flow was way too fast and she would always choke and scream. But after only a few weeks of expressing, I began to dry up so substituted some feeds with formula. She has been on formula only now for a month - she is 4 months tomorrow. I thought it would be back by now, but I don't miss it!!
Sarah - posted on 07/03/2010
i had my daughter mar 31st, im exclusively BF and have yet to have a period. and i am not worried about it...ive heard and read that it could come tomorrow or it could wait til im no longer BF. either way im enjoyin my time without it :D
Lindsay - posted on 07/02/2010
I have gotten 1 period since I delivered on March 10, but it only lasted one day. I know several moms that said they did not get theirs back the entire time they were breast feeding. Don't worry, just enjoy not having it for as long as you can, I know I am!!!
Michelle - posted on 07/02/2010
With my 1st child I got mine when she was 2mo's old (I nursed her until she was 5 months old). With my 2nd child I got mine when he was 3 mo's old (Nursed until 9mo's). With my 3rd child I didn't get it until he was 1 yr old ( Nursed until 15mo's). Same thing with my 4th child, my son (Nursed until 13mo's). Now with this little (my 5th) my period started when he was 2mo's old. I didn't have the option of nursing cause of going through breast cancer end of the year of 2008, had to have left side removed then my right side was removed in June of last year as a precaution. So, when the period starts back up vary's every time.
Jennifer - posted on 07/02/2010
I haven't gotten mine back yet either and my daughter was born on March 18th. I breast fed for the first 8 weeks so I have now gone another 7 without a period. My doc says it could take sometime for my body to go back to normal... What ever that means.
My son was born March 18 and I haven't had my period yet either and don't expect to for months. I fully BF my babies and don't introduce solids until around 5-6months and I don't get my periods until around 8 to 9 months after birth. It's great, one less thing to worry about.
Kimberly - posted on 07/01/2010
I too have had a few periods. I was exclusively breastfeeding and went on the only pill without estrogen, "Micronor," which was a big mistake. It killed my milk production and now I have to supplement my son. Start considering other methods of birth control if you plan to breast feed exclusively....
Sarah - posted on 07/01/2010
I got mine back 6 weeks after birth and I have only had my son on the boob.. Be happy you have yet to get it!!! I also got the IUD at 6 weeks and glad I did because a few days later I started my period...I'm not quite ready for #3!
Rachel - posted on 06/30/2010
I had my daughter March 27 and still haven't had a cycle or even any symptoms of it starting back up. That is normal for some who breast feed, which I am. With my son, I didn't have a cycle till he was 6 months and wasn't nursing as much! The doctor told me it was fine, just that some womens cycles won't begin until the babies aren't nursing as much, or at all! It's all in the hormones! I just enjoyed it, and will do the same this time around! :)
Aubrey - posted on 06/29/2010
i am exclusivly pumping due to my daughter having a cleft palate born march 13. i still haven't gotten my period back either. i didn't get a period with my first child until he was 8 months and then only had 2 periods and got pregnant with my march baby. i am very happy not having a period yet. i am guessing i will get it around the same time i did with my son.
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