I am a breastfeeding mom that went on the pill after going to my 6 week check up. I have been on it for just over a month now and I still haven't gotten my period. I am wondering if this is normal or should I contact my OB/GYN.

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You could do without a period the entire time you're exclusively breastfeeding and it would be completely normal. Don't worry about it. Enjoy the break!

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Don't wait to bleed to take birth control, you can ovulate without bleeding therefore you can get pregnant before you bleed.

Carrie - posted on 03/29/2009

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Hi Peggy!



Ah, you've discovered the blessing of breastfeeding!  I went for over a year with no period after bfeeding each of mine.  Honey, we deserve it! 



Okay, question is - is it normal for you?  First, we'd have to know what kind of oral contraceptive your gyn put you on.  It certainly doesn't hurt to call the doc.  Let's see if we can't figure this out for you.



Carrie, RN

Teyaka - posted on 03/26/2009

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The breastfeeding could be affecting your period. I was told that there is a chance you wouldn't have one while breastfeeding. So I wouldn't worry too much about it. But if you are becoming uncomfortable, then I would say go to the doctor.

Christina - posted on 03/26/2009

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I breast feed and didn't have a period the whole 11 months. LOL Enjoy the break!

Robin - posted on 03/17/2009

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    Be VERY cautious about waiting to have a period before starting your bc method.  Having said this, here is why:  2 wks following ovulation is when your menses will begin.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Meaning, when you start your next period, you've most-likely already ovulated 14 days prior to the start of your period (assuming you are a healthy, young woman who had no difficulty conceiving).



    Breastfeeding can prolong the amount of time it takes for your period to start, but don't confuse this with being a "birth control" method.  It is not.  Another military mom I know is proof of that one as well.  She was nursing and didn't get a period for 3 months following delivery.  She started getting concerned and decided to test, sure enough, she was pregnant!



    If you're worried about it, go ahead and take a test.  If you're using the progestin only (mini-pill) bc method, you should be covered.  Some women don't have to swap when they stop nursing.  Some women do end up changing it because it can cause a lot of breakthrough bleeding if you don't take it at the exact same time every day (it was a total pain for me).



    Also, bear in mind that stress can postpone menses as well.  Wish you the best!



 

Anna - posted on 03/16/2009

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You can definitely get pregnant without having a period- my 9 month old son is proof of that. I got pregnant with him when I started weaning my daughter at 9 months. I hadn't had a period yet and next month found out I was expecting another. This time when I started weaning I went on the pill right away, but my period came back faster with this little guy- so when your period will start no one can say, but better to be safe if you are not ready for another one just yet! :o)



Brandi- most people I have heard from say it hurts more after your first baby. I say it depends on the person- if you had bad periods before it might not be any different. I didn't and I find mine aren't much different than they were before. Hope this helps!

Brandi - posted on 03/16/2009

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I'm in the same boat right now. I have a 4 month old and have been on the pill for a little over a month. I exclusively breastfeed and still haven't gotten a period. I thought for sure that the pill would bring on my period too. The OB said it's normal just like everyone else is saying. I wouldn't worry about it. I'm REALLY not looking forward to getting that time of the month again. Does it hurt more after having a baby??? It's been so long that I don't know what to expect.

Misty - posted on 03/13/2009

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I stopped having my period at about 4-5 months with my first daughter and was taking the progesterone only pill.  FYI, you can still get pregnant even if you don't have a period.  I got pregnant when I transfered from Guam and messed up my days with my pill.  I was still breastfeeding, was still taking the pill, and had no period.  Make sure if you miss pills to take extra precautions.  I found out I was pregnant simply becuase my milk supply stopped and had my second daughter when she was 18 months old.  With my second I stopped having a period about 4 months old and have not had it yet.  My point being, yes it is normal but be careful.  You can get pregnant without having a period. 

Danielle - posted on 03/12/2009

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It's completely normal while you're breastfeeding to not have a period, especially if you are exclusively breastfeeding.  I went a full ten months before things went back to normal. Don't let this full you into thinking you can't get pregnant during this time, though (common myth). Although breastfeeding is somewhat an effective deterrant of pregnancy for some women temporarily it is not full proof.  Congrats on your baby!

Danielle - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Danielle:



No lie, I've had one period in five years due to being pregnant and breastfeeding. I breastfed my first until I was pregnant with my second and never had a period and then I stopped breastfeeding for like a month before I got pregnant with my third. It's been great! What sucks though is that I got my tubes tied after my third so now when I'm done breastfeeding him I'm going to have to have periods.  :(






BTW I was on the pill while breastfeeding my first and had an IUD (mirena) while breastfeeding my second and still no period. Don't worry, it's completely normal.  :)

Catherine - posted on 03/12/2009

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I have breastfed all 3 of my boys, and with all of them I was on the pill, and didn't get a period until they were about a year old. Take the break with a smile, and enjoy it because being a military wife, breaks are few and far between. ;)

Jamie - posted on 03/12/2009

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Quoting Meryl:



i think u are meant to wait untill u get first period. then start taking ur pill on that day. once u finished first month u will ger period. i had my baby 7wks ago got my pill at 6wk check but intend to take first month on next bleed. good luck!!!!! meryl






I love how you call it the "next bleed"

Danielle - posted on 03/12/2009

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No lie, I've had one period in five years due to being pregnant and breastfeeding. I breastfed my first until I was pregnant with my second and never had a period and then I stopped breastfeeding for like a month before I got pregnant with my third. It's been great! What sucks though is that I got my tubes tied after my third so now when I'm done breastfeeding him I'm going to have to have periods.  :(

Jessica - posted on 03/12/2009

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I've been breastfeeding since my son was born (he is now 15 months), and I still haven't gotten a period. This is very normal when you are breastfeeding, whether you are on the pill or not. The pill is just a back-up in case you don't start ovulating again for some strange reason. Good luck!

Tricia - posted on 03/12/2009

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No need to be concerned.  I breastfed my 3 children and never got a period until about a month after I quit nursing.  I do agree with a previous post that when you quit nursing you will need to start a different pill.  The hormone levels are lower in the mini pill.

Carrie - posted on 03/12/2009

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Just so you know, breastfeeding is not birth control.  You can still get pregnant if you are breastfeeding.  I have a cousin that got pregnant while breastfeeding.  Also if you are feeling uncomfortable; take a test.

Carrie - posted on 03/12/2009

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Just so you know, breastfeeding is not birth control.  You can still get pregnant if you are breastfeeding.  I have a cousin that got pregnant while breastfeeding.  Also if you are feeling uncomfortable; take a test.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/11/2009

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I agree, it is normal not to have periods when you are breastfeeding. Keep up the breast feeding and it maybe a small reward. :)

Laura - posted on 03/11/2009

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I was put on the mini pill while I was nursing. I didn't have a period for a full year and was told this was normal for that type of BC. However, if you stop breast feeding you NEED to go on the regular pill again or you may get pregnant.

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Meryl,

I went to my OB on a Monday and she told me to take Sunday's as well as Monday's pill. So, I'm not quite sure what to think but with a 3 month old needing to be fed every few hours it is tough to schedule appts.



Tabitha,

Thanks for the tip on that book I will have to check it out.

Meryl - posted on 03/11/2009

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i think u are meant to wait untill u get first period. then start taking ur pill on that day. once u finished first month u will ger period. i had my baby 7wks ago got my pill at 6wk check but intend to take first month on next bleed. good luck!!!!! meryl

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The pill is just designed to prevent ovulation, so you may see your period come back in a few months, especially when your baby begins to eat solids and you don't need to breastfeed as much. In the meantime, you are just making extra sure you don't get a surprise. I talked to my doctor about stopping the pill because it made me so moody, and he told me that breastfeeding alone provides about 80% protection, so if I didn't want to take it, that I'd need to be careful. I chose to be careful. There's a book that is amazing and I love to read, so choosing to breastfeed, I read a lot about it. The book is called "Nursing Your Baby." It helped me feel more confident in making decisions, so if you're interested, check it out. I totally recommend it!

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Tabitha,

I remember reading that women who breastfeed tend not to get their periods. But, I thought the pill would for sure bring it on. Don't get me wrong I am definitely not complaining. Just curious.

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