My son is 5 1/2 mths old & I am still breastfeeding, today I started spotting. Is this a period?

Renee - posted on 11/28/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




i went my usual post birth bleeding & have been waiting for my periods to return. I have read that you may not get periods while breastfeeding? I noticed blood in my underwear a moment ago when I went to the bathroom. Could this be my periods coming back?


Jackie - posted on 11/28/2009




It very well could be! I also breastfeed my daughter. I started having periods again when she was 5 1/2 months old. She is now 7 1/2 months. She started on solids at 4 months and wasn't drinking as much milk. I think the decrease in my milk production triggered my period to start again. If you're concerned you should talk to your doctor. My doc told me that some women never get their period while breastfeeding, others do. Everyone's different!


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Irina - posted on 11/29/2009




i have my periods from the fist month after my baby was born, dispite that i was breastfeeding round the clock. my doctor said that eventhough it is not very common it is normal. So i guess the period can return for no reason at any time.

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I was one of the lucky ones who didn't get a period while BFing. I BF until Xiao was almost 8months old, and i got my period back a month after I was done weaning. When I got mine back it was full force though!! lol

Vishwasri - posted on 11/29/2009




There is no hard and fast rule about periods during breastfeeding. I did exclusive breastfeeding for 6months for my 8months old boy. Inspite of that I had my first periods when he was 4months old. One may have less milk production during bleeding but will be normal once bleeding stops.

Christina - posted on 11/29/2009




I had a period every month while I was breasfeeding. I was also on the mini pill and I was told I should not have a period....but I did. I was not suppost to conceive or carry a baby and since I did everything is out of order.

Jessica - posted on 11/29/2009




Its hard to say, our bodies do weird things while we're nursing lol. I had a day of moderate spotting a couple months ago where I thought my period was going to start, but it went away so I don't count that as a true period. My son is also 5.5 months and I have yet to have any more bleeding. I think that kind of thing is normal though!

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