8 months, still no period

Nellie - posted on 02/21/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




My daughter is 8 months and I still havent gotten my period back. There is no possibility that I'm pregnant, as I havn't had sex. My daughter is breastfed, but not as much as she was. She eats 3 meals a day of solids and with each of those 3 meals gets homogenised milk, not very much, just less then 60 mls at a time. She also gets at least one bottle of formula a day as I'm starting to wean her off breastmilk, very very slowly though. And all the other feeding are breastmilk but she doesn't get much breastmilk at all. Also, over the last two months I've started getting very painful cramps which is odd because I've never gotten cramps before. Is this normal?


Louise - posted on 02/21/2011




Breast feeding can upset your hormonal balance and this is probably the cause. Hormones can be upset by alsorts of things stress, tiredness and many other things. Once you have cut out breast feeding your periods should come back, but if not a simple blood test from your gp will be enough to inform them what is going on. Just a word of warning though I came off the pill and had no period for a year and I fell pregnant. You are still fertile even though you do not have a monthly bleed.

Stifler's - posted on 02/22/2011




If the pain is severe I'd go to the doctor. It might be nothing, could be something. Better safe than sorry!

Tyrae - posted on 02/21/2011




Some people don't get their periods till they completely stop breastfeeding (lucky!). I got mine back when my daughter turned 2 months and she is exclusively breastfed as well. I was hoping for at least as long as you have gone! The cramps could just be your body getting back into gear to get a period. I've heard it is completely normal for you to get cramps when you didn't before being pregnant, or not get any cramps at all. Everyone is different.

If you are really worried go to the doc. They'll be able to tell you what is going on. :) Good luck!


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Nellie - posted on 02/22/2011




Thanks for all the replies. It just feels diffferent because of the cramps. They are so insanly painful that it makes me wonder if I have a bladder infection or something as I had that when I was pregnant. If it is just hormones, how long will the insane cramping go on? I hate doctors (childish I know, but I have my reasons) so if at all possible I like to avoid that. I never go to the doctors unless I know I absolutley have to.

Treyci - posted on 02/21/2011




I am breastfeeding my son still. Working on weaning. He just turned two the end of January. Even after he started solids and was eating a good amount of them, I still hadn't had a period. I went 22 months without a period. I've had friends who've started a regular cycle right after birth and exclusively breastfed. And I know people who are like me with the long duration of no periods no matter how much breastfeeding you're doing. I think it's a matter of your hormones and the fact that having a baby causes a lot of changes in a woman's body. If you're concerned because you'd like to become pregnant again, talk to your doctor. Most women will still ovulate occasionally even with a lack of a period.

Emily - posted on 02/21/2011




There is a very wide range of what is normal in regard to return of menstrual cycle, especially if breastfeeding. I wouldn't worry until you've completely weaned and still don't get it. The cramping could be from ovulation, or getting ready to ovulate. I've had that happen to me before the start of regular cycles.

Candice - posted on 02/21/2011




i only breastfed for about a week and i STILL have only had 2 periods in 18 months.

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