Whats normal when starting your period after breastfeeding?

Anna - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Ok, i've had one period which ended on the 22nd last month. I've been waiting and waiting for my second one to come now, but no sign of it and frankly im to scared to buy a preg test yet. Is it normal for it to start of rocky in the begining? Im hoping it just takes some time for it to get back on track or "schedual".. I did breastfeed, and after cutting out a couple of feeding a day I got my first period. Now i'm no longer breastfeeding.

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Buy a test to make sure but I can tell you it took over 2 months for me to get my period after breastfeeding. I had a bit of spotting in between but nothing much... It took me going back on the pill after stopping breastfeeding to finally have a period.... Don't panic but make sure with a test. Honestly, LOTS of things related to your period are normal after having a baby... change in flow, change in length of cycle, more or less cramping, .... Having a baby changes a body so much it takes a while to get back to a so called normal cycle. Enjoy your day!

Tonya - posted on 05/21/2009

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just FYI I am an exclusively breastfeeding mom of a 2 month old, my 4th child, and am currently on my period. it can happen even if you are nursing..but you can also ovulate without actually having a period. Best Bet, go by a test and make sure. you might also go to your local health department. They often perform the test for free depending on your income.

Moni - posted on 12/08/2013

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I am still bf , my son will be 4m next week i gat period too much (month to month) I worried about that?

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Tracey - posted on 11/08/2013

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I have been bf my daughter for 2 yrs now . I spotted one month and not the next all throughout it was very hit and miss. I've started weaning and today bam! The flow came. It's different for everyone like the other moms have said. And take a test better to know and be safe!

Tracey - posted on 11/08/2013

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I am still bf. my daughter will be 2 this month. I have spotted one month and not the next. But today I had a full flow.

Amber - posted on 05/21/2009

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Every mommy is different, and my doc told me periods are highly affected by stress and emotion. I breastfed for a little over a year and it took me almost a full year to get mine back. So if your upset about weaning or just stressed out in general, my doc said spotting like mine(and yours) is absolutely normal but......it doesn't mean your not pregnant! It's scary, but you might sleep better at night just knowing......

Claire - posted on 05/21/2009

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Sorry, I meant to put "usually" in my first post. It's late, I should get to bed now.

Claire - posted on 05/21/2009

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LOL Natasha, I have been pregnant or breastfeeding for the last four years, it's very odd to have not had a cycle in that long!

Natasha - posted on 05/21/2009

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my little girl is 4months old and i still have not gotten my period. i bled for the first 6 weeks after having her and since then nothing. its kind of stressful. even though your period is said to hold off while your breastfeeding. good luck :)

Claire - posted on 05/21/2009

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Your periods will be held off whilst you are telling your body you still have a young baby (ie you are breastfeeding regularly). As soon as you cut it back either because you don't demand feed, you introduce a bottle (even EBM), a dummy or solids or because you stop your periods will start up again.



I had them about every other month once my eldest started solids and roughly once a month from just before she was two.



It depends how long it's been since you stopped breastfeeding, your cycle may not come back properly straight away anyway. Remember that when your periods come back you are fertile. If your cycle is long then you probably won't catch (because the stage after ovulation tends to be too long, rather than ovulation being later in your cycle) but you won't know which month you are actually going to have a proper cycle, so if pregnancy is not what you want then make sure you use something eles too.

Tracy - posted on 05/21/2009

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I had my period 8 weeks post pardum even though i breast fed still! So its differnt for everyone!

Tonya - posted on 05/21/2009

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probably the best thing would be to buy a test and make sure. You can never be too careful when it comes to your health as well as the baby's. I've breastfed all of mine except my 2nd who didn't get enough and once my periods started back I didn't miss unless I was pregnant. If you were irregular before pregnancy you may remain but if you weren't its better to be safe than sorry. Best Wishes!

Shara - posted on 05/21/2009

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They say it can take up to a year after having the baby if you breastfeed to get your period back, but not sure if it is normal to start and then stop. Not sure, I would probably bite the bullet and go get a test to be safe. I breastfeed exclusively, took the pill and still got pregnant. (Mine are 13 months apart.)

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