Is it normal that if your breastfeeding you don't get your cycle?

Sherrine - posted on 01/03/2012 ( 263 moms have responded )

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I've been breastfeeding my 5 mth old since birth and hv yet to hv a cycle. I've heard that breastfeeding slows dwn ur cycle but not completely stop it. Is this something to worry about or is it normal and if so how long will this last, cuz I will do this forever if thats one of the many perks

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Chrystal - posted on 01/03/2012

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It's totally normal but if your sexually active and don't want to get pregnant use some type of protection. I thought I wasn't getting a period because of breastfeeding my son turned out it started that way and when my son was about 7 months old I felt movement in my stomach turned out I was 20 weeks pregnant. Just a caution to keep in mind

Lucy - posted on 01/03/2012

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yes, perfectly normal. You may find that it doesn't return at all while you are breast feeding, or may return but lighter. To me it was one of the bonuses of breast feeding!

Tracy - posted on 01/03/2012

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It can be normal. Unfortunately for me I exclusively breastfed and still got my period about 4 weeks after the bleeding stopped. Just be careful, even if you do not have your period, you can still get pregnant. Breastfeeding IS NOT accurate birth control.

Amanda - posted on 01/03/2012

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"Yes, it is normal, it's called natural family planning, if you totally breastfeed you could not have a cycle until 12-15 months. "

Dangerous untrue advice.

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2012

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WARNING! not having a cycle is NOT the same as being infertile! YOU CAN GET PREGNANT WITHOUT EVER BLEEDING!!!! If you want to practice Natural Family planning you must track other symptoms to monitor ovulation rather than just your period. I haven't had a period in 7 years and have five children (on purpose, using ovulation tracking via cervical mucous)

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Amanda - posted on 01/10/2012

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Yip nothing to worry I didnt get period while breastfeeding both my babies ... enjoy it dont worry at all about it

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2012

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I got my period a week after I stopped bleeding from the birth :( so that would have been around 4 weeks after giving birth. I was breastfeeding and still am exclusively breastfeeding and have had my period monthly for the past three months :(

Shelly - posted on 01/09/2012

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Perfectly normal! Enjoy it while it lasts... It will vary from one mom to the other; some start cycling normally almost immediately, others won't start up again until they stop breastfeeding. For me personally, with my first I started after just 2 months or so, with my third I think it was 5 months. And afterward my first pregnancy my periods were much lighter, way less PMS, and rarely any cramps. One more benefit of having a baby...

Stacey - posted on 01/09/2012

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With both of my girls I didn't get it until three months after I finished nursing! It did indeed return after that and continue regularly. It is very normal and a very wonderful perk for some women! I was extremely happy about it! I nursed my first for 6 months and my second for 9 months and I only got my period once or twice before I conceived my second daughter so it definitely didn't effect my ability to conceive. lol

Cher - posted on 01/09/2012

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haha,wow lots of replies but Ill add one! I breastfed exclusivly for 12mnths then breast and cows milk and I stopped breastfeeding my son at 21mnths when he didnt have intrest anymore. I got my period 4 days AFTER i stopped!! :)Pretty cool how awsome our bodies are as mommies.

Jo Marie - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes, It's VERY NORMAL! A woman can go up to at least a FULL YEAR with out a cycle. I nursed ALL 6 of mine. My doctor told me it was NOTHING to worry about. Enjoy it while you can! LOL! Each of mine lasted a FULL YEAR! :)

Kacey - posted on 01/09/2012

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oh yes very normal! When I was nursing my son I didn't have my period until he was 9 months old. One of the amazing perks of nursing. less wear on your cevix from periods = lower chance of getting cervical cancer! amazing!

Maureen - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes, that is one of the perks! Not all women get a complete cessation, you are one of the lucky ones!

Tisha - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes...absolutely normal!!! I'm a mother of three and have breastfed each one of them (currently nursing my soon to be 16 month old) and as long as I'm nursing, my cycle is M.I.A. Lol! This is one of the BEST things about nursing!!! I plan in weaning my baby girl around 18 months, but when I think about "Aunt Flo" coming back...I second guess my plan :D Happy breastfeeding and enjoy allllllll the wonderful perks that come along with it! :)

Dana - posted on 01/09/2012

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I nursed for year and did not get mine until I had completely stopped nursing - even when he was weening himself and the nursing was much less than it had usually been.

Kathleen - posted on 01/09/2012

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I nursed Twins and didn't get mine back til they were almost a year. So you are normal or at least as normal as any sleep deprived mother. :)

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes. With my first daughter, I breastfed for 13 months, and didn't have a period until a week after I stopped breastfeeding completely. And I've been breastfeeding my second daughter for 7 months now, and no period yet. They say it's possible to still get pregnant (so be careful!), but it's totally normal.

Danni - posted on 01/09/2012

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Ask you Mother, if you can, as thd stone it takes to come back is usually about thd same as your Mother. I breasted my 2 children for 16 months and 22 months respectively. My periods came back at about 12 months both times. Which was about
the same as my mother. It will be about the same time if you have another child, too. My good friend had 3 children and hers came
back at about 2 months all 3 times. It's just the luck of you'd genetics. Breast feed as long as you can as it is such a precious time with your child, and is best for him/her

Julie - posted on 01/09/2012

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I've been breastfeeding for 9 months and still haven't had it. With my first I got my period after I stopped pumping at 8 months.

Julia - posted on 01/09/2012

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It depends - with my first, my periods returned around 14 mo. With my second, it was closer to 18 mo. Nightweaning your child can cause your periods to return more quickly, but it's not set in stone. In general, if your baby is less than 6 mo and you are exclusively breastfeeding, you don't need birth control. Older than 6 months, unless you are open to another child, I'd recommend a non-hormonal bc method especially since it's hard to chart irregular periods. Keep going mama - I loved BFing and it's one of the things about having a little one I miss the most!

Cara - posted on 01/09/2012

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I didn't get mine back until my son was 18 months old. A definite perk of breastfeeding!

Gabrielle - posted on 01/09/2012

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Sherrine,

Congrats on nursing. I have been nursing for 8 years, almost non stop. My son is 8, my daughter, 4 and my baby 8 months. I have had a total of 4 periods in all that time and couldn't get pregnant until I weaned night nursing. I had totally normal periods before I began nursing. To use it as birth control you really have to nurse through the night, and frequently through the day. There is always a chance you could get pregnant through with or w/o your period. I just never did. It';s perfectly healthy and wonderful! Good luck!

Carrie Payne - posted on 01/09/2012

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the joys of breastfeeding go on and on, i almost forgot what it was like, i breastfed my second for 3 years, i was also taking the mini pill, testosterone birth control pill, i think both contributed to my lack of cycling, it was awesome!

Jessica - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes it is very normal but make sure you and your spouce still use protection cuz you can still get pregnant even with no period. I breastfed both my daughters I didn't resume my period until they were aproximately 6mos old but it varies from person to person....

Judy - posted on 01/09/2012

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Lucy's right ... you can't count on breastfeeding as birth control, but it does reduce your periods ... sometimes to the point of nonexistence! Enjoy ...

Peggy - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes it is very normal for you to not have your cycle. I didnt get mine for almost a year that I breast fed my daughter. BUT remember you can still get pregnant even if you do not get your cycle.

Kim - posted on 01/09/2012

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I believe what Julie (below) is referring to is an IUD (rather than an IUC). :-) PLEASE do some research prior to going this route. First off, be aware that the uterus can be damaged with an IUD, hence no more children (if you want more). Also, MANY women have issues with IUD's (less than who don't, but it's not all flowers and sunshine). Side effects are so bad for some, that they have it taken out everywhere from a few weeks later to 6 months later. My personal experience was that it brought on HORRENDOUS cystic acne (not to be vein, but I rarely had a blemish prior to having an IUD), insertion was the closest thing to labor, I had pretty bad cramps for the first 11 months after insertion, and my periods didn't settle down to nearly nothing until 2 years later. Wish I had looked more into it prior to deciding on one if for nothing else oher than to have been more prepared for what COULD happen. Just MHO.

Carla - posted on 01/09/2012

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I didn't get one at all either child during the time I was b.feeding. I was on a mini pill too, but as soon as I stopped, I got a cycle again. It can also occur if you ween significantly, say to once a day. If you are concerned of pregnancy or aren't using birth control, take a test to make sure because some people have a cycle and others, like myself never did. Enjoy it though!

Alisha - posted on 01/09/2012

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I nursed both of my kids for about 14 months and my periods didn't resume until I stopped. I'll be having #3 soon, and I'm really looking forward to no periods for awhile! Definitely an added perk to an already wonderful experience!

Bonnie - posted on 01/09/2012

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Totally normal!! and your a lucky momma!! I had mine right away after both my babies, which i was more like u!

Debbie - posted on 01/09/2012

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Sherrine, I nursed my daugther for 2 years no period until she started to slow slow down. I'm proud you are tring to nurse good luck

Kim - posted on 01/09/2012

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my cycle never returned until I stopped breastfeeding. I wish I could have breastfed forever lol

Elizabeth - posted on 01/09/2012

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I breastfed all four of my children and never had a cycle Its very normal. And Its def a perk lol

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2012

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It is normal, i started my cycle 3 mths into breastfeeding my daughter, I was told that you shouldn't get your cycle while breastfeeding but i know that everybody is different, plus i got off track breastfeeding my daughter by going back to work so pumping at work wasn't the same affect as me directly feeding her every two hours. I was told getting off schdule can cause menstral cycle to start again as well. So you are normal and one of the lucky ones by not getting your cycle. have a good one. :)

Sunriseshuttle - posted on 01/09/2012

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I had mynormal period when I had my first son & breastfed him until he was 2 and a half years old. I now have my second son 8 years later. I have been breastfeeding him since he was born and no period! He is 6 months now

Julie - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes, it is normal. And one reason that many women get pregnant while breastfeeding. They assume, no cycle no prego. But you CAN get pregnant during that time, so use protection unless you want "pseudo-twins". If you are enjoying the perk, I recommend the IUC after nursing. You have no cycle after the first 6 weeks, just a day or two of breakthrough bleeding. They can come with or without hormones and last 5-10 years! It also decreases your PMS symptoms which only get worse with age. Talk to your Gynecologist about it. Mine told me its the best kept secret, and she was right!

Penny - posted on 01/09/2012

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I have 4 children and breastfed all 4. They were about 14 or 15 months old when I got my period back. It was great not to have one!

RenaFaye - posted on 01/09/2012

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This seems to be different for every mom. I nursed my 2nd and 3rd child, and didn't stop me from having periods, which started about 5 weeks after delivery. A word of caution - my daughter nursed her first, and became pregnant within about 6 months after the first baby was born. She thought she couldn't get pregnant because she was nursing.

Alissa - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes it is very normal but continue to take your birth control at the same time every day. You can still ovulate and get pregnant. Also make sure you tell your doctor when you plan to stop nursing so you can change back to your normal dose of birth control. With my boys I never got my cycle as long I was nursing and with my first my cycle didn't return until I switched back to my normal birth control. I definitely loved this perk.

Annette - posted on 01/09/2012

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That is true, but for how long, no one knows for sure. Everybody hormons is different.

Janice - posted on 01/09/2012

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It is completely normal. For my 2nd child I didn't have a period for 18 months. After my 3 rd child i didn't have it till 17 months. But be careful because once u get it u can easily get pregnant. Thats why i just had my fourth baby.

Rebecca - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yup I agree very normal. I didn't get mine back till I'd stopped breastfeeding it was BLISS....

Kimberly - posted on 01/09/2012

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With both of my girls I did not start my cycle until at least 3 months after I stopped breastfeeding.

Kristin - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes, that is totally normal and for eons has been one natural way for moms to put off a new pregnancy until the first child is weaned. Of course, you may be fertile for a little while before your periods start up again, so it's not a foolproof method of birth control. But I know firsthand that it's a great perk of nursing!!! It can be more than a year before your periods start up again.

Mailisha - posted on 01/09/2012

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Well, the funny thing about the way our cycles work... We actually ovulate BEFORE we have that first period. Which is why you hear of women getting pregnant *before* their cycle returned. Their cycle DID in fact return, they just happened to get pregnant the moment that it did. Amazing timing, when you think of it!

Mailisha - posted on 01/09/2012

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Well, the funny thing about the way our cycles work... We actually ovulate BEFORE we have that first period. Which is why you hear of women getting pregnant *before* their cycle returned. Their cycle DID in fact return, they just happened to get pregnant the moment that it did. Amazing timing, when you think of it!

Mailisha - posted on 01/09/2012

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It's completely normal! I didn't get my cycle at all when I was breast feeding both of my daughters (consecutively). In fact, my 13mo old weaned herself two months ago and I have yet to begin cycling again (yeay!).

Atty - posted on 01/09/2012

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Totally normal. My body didn't begin to cycle again until 3 months after I stopped nursing each time.

Molly - posted on 01/09/2012

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And I should clarify...I exclusively fed/feed my babies (no supplemental bottles). I got one period before I weaned my son, and my 2nd one a week after he was weaned...then got pregnant with my daughter right after! :) So yeah, be aware you're still fertile, or could be without knowing it.

Molly - posted on 01/09/2012

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Normal! With my son, I didn't have a period until after his 1st birthday (awesome!). My daughter is 11 months old and I still haven't had one. Enjoy! :)

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