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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Miranda - posted on 01/08/2012

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For me, my first pregnancy I didnt cycle for about 4 months. Every woman is different but around 6 months is pretty standard. However, just because you arent menstruating does NOT mean you cant get pregnant. My mom never cycled between my older brother and I... she got pregnant with me when my brother was 6 mo old

Kerstin - posted on 01/08/2012

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I saw a poll recently on a pro-breast feeding website, and it asked when people got their cycles back after birth (if they were breast feeding). The answers were ALL over the place, from 6 weeks post partum to 2 YEARS post partum! The average seemed to be about 6 months (when solids start). I'm one of the unlucky ones who gets a regular cycle back at 6-8 weeks, boo! But you're well withing the average at this point!

Megan - posted on 01/08/2012

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It is completely normal and it depends on the person. My mother nursed every child and has her period only 6 weeks after giving birth. When I had my first daughter, I didn't have a period for ten months. My second daughter is almost 5 months old and I have yet to have a cycle. I think the time it lasts varies, but as the child begins to nurse less, the cycle begins to start up again.

Kay - posted on 01/08/2012

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Mine did not come back until well after I stopped breast feeding too, so if you are being careful when making whoopy, I would enjoy it while it lasts and not worry! ;)

If you can't let it go, talk to your ob/gyn. That is what they are there for. As a worrier by nature, that is my personal failsafe. :)

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You now know it is totally normal and a blessing but I didn't read enough to know if anyone pointed out not to be lulled into a sense of false comfort. You can still get pregnant so if you don't want that now, take precautions!

ToniAnne - posted on 01/08/2012

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My daughter is almost 11 mos and I haven't had a period yet. from what I hear it is pretty normal

Amy - posted on 01/08/2012

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I bf my lg she's 10months now I didn't have a period @ all since she was born started the pill and I have regular so yes bf does stop it or may b slow s it down x

Leslie - posted on 01/08/2012

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I didn't get mine till each of my babies were 15 months old, totally normal. Everyone is different but it was funny for me that my cycle came both times @ 15 months. Enjoy!

Catherine - posted on 01/08/2012

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yes, I have had 6 children, never got my cycle back until at least 8 months. Baby #6 is now 10 months

Kellie - posted on 01/08/2012

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Mine slowed down but never stopped. I have heard of this, but not that fortunate.

Tara - posted on 01/08/2012

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Totally normal. It can take 3 months after you stop breastfeeding for it to come back too. Almost makes me want to have another child...haha.

Antoinette - posted on 01/08/2012

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I've always been regular like clockwork and was quite stoked to get a wee break while breastfeeding. My son was pretty much exclusive till 10months (his choice not mine) then got sick and weaned. 2 weeks later cycle back and still like clockwork. Throughout my pregnancy and while I was breastfeeding I still regularly bought pads and tampons, especially when they were on special, so that I was well stocked and still used to it being a cost to consider in my budget.

Renee - posted on 01/08/2012

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I breastfed my first daughter with no period until she was 4 months old. Then I found I was pregnant with my second daughter. I breastfed her for a year with no periods. 17 months later I found out she had an immune problem and decided to relactate. That was 6 months ago and I haven't had a period since I started relactating. I think it's different for each woman but it is deffinitely a perk I enjoy.

Faith - posted on 01/08/2012

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breast fed for 2 years. NO period. yup... but its no garentee. they use it in some very poor countries as a form of birth control

Halona - posted on 01/08/2012

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I nursed my son for 16 months and never had bleeding with my cycle before I became pregnant with my daughter. I definitely had other symptoms of my cycle by at least 6 months and was obviously ovulating. With my daughter, I nursed her for 18 months and started my full cycle at about 16 months, but again was having other symptoms and ovulating much earlier than that. Please don't misconstrue the fact that you will start ovulating between 3-6 months after the birth of your child whether you are nursing or not (info given from my OB). Because I didn't bleed between having my 2 children, I didn't have a full cycle for a little over 4 years :-D

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If you are FULLY feeding that means no bottles of formula then you shouldn't be ovulating, that is why you don't have a period, BUT this not a reliable form of contraception as you can ovulate before you have first period. As soon as your baby has food/drops a feed your cycle will return.

Carrie - posted on 01/08/2012

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Yes it is normal to not get your period while breatfeeding. Don't let the negative comments bother you either! Some people have their own set of issues

Jennifer - posted on 01/08/2012

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It is wonderful isn't it!! Best for your child as well having no cycle. I stopped breast feeding my son at 6 months old and didn't get mine back for about 8 weeks after stopping! It is perfectly normal!! They do say you can't get pregnant while breastfeeding, but that is a complete myth! A friend of mine got pregnant when her daughter was 2 months old, so she had 2 within one year...just another thing to keep in mind if you're not planning on having another anytime soon, birth control pills can lower milk supply so use another form of contraception and keep breast feeding for as long as you can!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2012

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Normal! Just the lucky end of normal in my opinion! =) With all 3 of my BF babies my cycle did not return untill well after babies first birthday. BUT, remember you ovulate BEFORE the period comes, so if you dont want another baby be carefull just in case. I loved not having my cycle for so long!

Rebecca - posted on 01/08/2012

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I am still breastfeeding my 14 month old and mine stopped completely for 13 months. Don't worry, just enjoy!

Lucy - posted on 01/08/2012

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Totally normal. Isn't it great! I nursed my first for a little over 2 years and my youngest for four years. In both cases my cycle came back at around 2 years. Love it.

Bonnie - posted on 01/08/2012

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Hi Sherrine

It's totally normal. I breast fed my 1st son for 14months and I only got my cycle when I stopped. I am currently breast feeding my 5month old and still haven't had it yet. Hope you enjoy your little one!

Rachael - posted on 01/08/2012

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Wow!!! I've only heard a story like this once before and figured there was no way it could be real! That's crazy!! Awesome but woah!

Pamela - posted on 01/07/2012

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Not having a menstrual cycle can occur while you are breastfeeding but it is certainly not a reason to keep breastfeeding. To have such an idea of disgust about your own body and the beauty of creation that goes along with a menstrual cycle tells me that you are listening more to society than your own body and that you do not HONOR that which Creation has given you.

I was never taught to not like my periods nor that it was something that women had to SUFFER. That attitude is a LIE and reflects the same dominant culture attitude that had slaves breastfeeding for their masters for hundreds of years in this country.

I am very pleased that you are breastfeeding but do not agree with your attitude about your periods which allow you to be able to reproduce.

If your period has not returned within a year (if you choose to breastfeed that long), I would check with a gynecologist.

SHEILA - posted on 01/07/2012

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I breastfed each of my 3 boys for over two years and never had a cycle until I completely stopped breastfeeding. It varies per person...many start have cycles when solid foods are introduced is the number of feedings decrease. Relax and enjoy this perk!

CHERYL - posted on 01/06/2012

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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. I had my period with all mine when I breastfeed my 3 kids, past the year old age. Not everyone is the same.

Janessa - posted on 01/06/2012

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Every woman is different, but it isn't something to worry about, it is one of the many perks, but it will start up eventually.

Melissa - posted on 01/06/2012

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That is not uncommon at all, some women have a cycle right away and some not until the baby is eating solid foods or sleeping through the night.

Johanna - posted on 01/06/2012

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I didnt get my cycle back until recently now that my son is starting to wean his self at 17months. It is a nice bonus to breastfeeding, however, you shouldnt count on it as a form of birth control.

Frené - posted on 01/06/2012

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Yes, it's normal to not have your period while breatsfeeding. I breastfed my son for 15 months, whom by that time were on solids as well. I was fortunate to not have a period at all for the 9 months of being pregnant, as well as the 15 months of breastfeeding and only started spotting the month after I stopped breastfeeding completely. I also didn't fall pregnant, even though I wasn't using any other form of birth control during the 15 month period - what pure bliss it was those 24 months! I guess I was a lucky one, but everyone differs, so be cautious if you don't want to fall pregnant until you are ready for the next one! In the mean time, enjoy those cuddly sucking away moments!

Vickie - posted on 01/06/2012

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I always had my cycle just as usual (I breastfed 4 kids at least a year, each). I guess it would be great not to have it, but don't trust it as birth control, though! From all I've read, your cycle can re-start at any time, and you'll ovulate BEFORE you have a period and can get pregnant during that time.

Patty - posted on 01/06/2012

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Yes, it's normal. After I had my 4th child, it took well over a year to start having a regular cycle again. My period came back once I got to the point where I was nursing her only a couple of times a day. However, the few periods after that time were HUGE and lasted 2 weeks each.

Theresa - posted on 01/06/2012

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I am breastfeeding my 5th child & she is now 10 months old, I never get my cycle back until I'm completely finished nursing. It's just another fantastic reason to breastfeed!!

Kimberlee - posted on 01/05/2012

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yes, this can be true. You still want to make sure you are using some type of birth control because you could end up pregnant again. This happened to my co-worker and she ended up with twins the second time around.

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My two were over a year old before my periods came back after both pregnancies. When the cycle came back, it was light and a bit irregular. It was a bonus going so long without my periods, but on the other hand, I had so many false pregnancy hopes, especially after my second. At least with a regular cycle you know where you stand in that respect! :)

Fatema - posted on 01/05/2012

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this is perfectly normal....u might not get ur cycle as long as ur feeding ur baby...so nothng to worry abt

Kim - posted on 01/05/2012

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I bf 3 kids for a year each. I didn't get my period until I slowed to twice a day the last couple of weeks of their "year"

Lavonica - posted on 01/05/2012

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I have not had a period for two and a half years. I've had 3 babies back to back. No period because of breastfeeding was such a plus!

Lanisha - posted on 01/05/2012

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Yes it is normal. Every pregnacy is diffrent. With my first daughter my cycle returned within two months. My Youngest daughter is 18 months and my cycle just started. It's nothing major though... it's like I'm spotting. I talk to my doctor all the time including the baby's and she told me that there's no need for me to be concerned.

Nisa - posted on 01/05/2012

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With my first son I finished breastfeading after 14 months, I've got my period 2 months after. My 2nd baby is 8 months and I still breastfeeding and not period yet... NORMAL...

Lily - posted on 01/05/2012

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yes if you get your cicle then you are done breastfeeding, it´s totally normal.

Donna - posted on 01/05/2012

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I got over 2 years after #1 because I was underweight due to breastfeeding. #2 gave me at least 12 months and #3 the same. When you start dropping night feeds you are at risk of triggering ovulation.

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