breastfeeding and ur period.

Ashley - posted on 09/11/2009 ( 103 moms have responded )

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I am currently breastfeeding my 2 1/2 month old son, and I was told that as long as you breastfeed you wont have a period. I haven't been breastfeeding but maybe 3 times a day and supplementing with formula to get him full. My period just knocked down my door and I don't understand how I could be having my period while I am breastfeeding. Did I star my period because I'm not breastfeeding as much as I should? Can anyone answer me this question?

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Cassandra - posted on 09/16/2009

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Whoever told you that you dont get your period while breast feeding is very much mistaken.. i got my period a month after having my son and its completely normal.. i am still breast feeding my son and he is 1 and i still get my period every month.. it actually shows that your healthy and ready for another one once it returns to normal..

Amanda - posted on 09/15/2009

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I think that it is different for every woman. My baby is almost 5 months and I have almost completely stopped breast feeding.....down to not even once a day. And still no period.

Taryn - posted on 09/12/2009

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I've heard people say they don't have periods while they breastfeed..but I wasn't one of the lucky ones either. I've exclusively breastfed my 3 month old since day 1 and have a period as soon as he was 6 weeks old! I asked my doctor and he basically said breastfeeding CAN delay your period, but that not everyone gets that great side effect. So, I guess its normal, unfortunately. lol

Amy - posted on 09/16/2009

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My midwife told me the less you breastfeed the quicker you get your period back because the levels of progesterone (dont know how to spell lol) fall and the levels of estrogen rise which basically stimulates your period! sucks doesnt it? I got mine after a month because my baby was sleeping 8 hours overnight!! Hope that helps :)

Yalana - posted on 06/29/2011

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I disagree with the "he is full" part. All three of my sons would nurse me bone dry and still scream for more. I dried up because my sons wouldn't let my body catch up! They'd nurse me dry, then 10 minutes later would want to nurse again, and I hadn't even begun to produce any more yet. I had my period regardless of bf only or supplementing...it just depends on our bodies. I was breastfeeding two to three times the normal amount I should have and it just didn't work out. Every ten minutes (and yes, they would latch on and suck like they hadn't had anything all day) is too soon, according to all the nurses and consultants I've talked to. It's all about our hormones. Hormones are funny things. They control almost everything that happens to our bodies.

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Ania - posted on 06/29/2011

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you got your period because you add formula. He is full on your breast milk there is no need for formula. Your body is designed to feed your baby. You get period when you start supplementing because you don't BF enough times a day. Good luck try to quit formula and go back to exclisove BF I don't know if that will reverse period, but it will def be better for your little one. FORMULA is COMPLETELY UNNECESARRY

Yalana - posted on 06/28/2011

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Complete and total myth. I've only known one person who didn't have their period during nursing. I had mine the entire time. Believe me, I would have LOVED to have not had mine while I was nursing because I am such a heavy bleeder no matter what (period, flesh wound, deep cut, you name it!). It's a huge inconvenience, but it doesn't mean you aren't nursing enough...if that were true, then I would be guilty of having a body that doesn't produce enough to feed three boys who weighed between 8.5 and 10 pounds at birth. I just hope history doesn't repeat itself when my daughter arrives soon!

Yalana - posted on 06/28/2011

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Complete and total myth. I've only known one person who didn't have their period during nursing. I had mine the entire time. Believe me, I would have LOVED to have not had mine while I was nursing because I am such a heavy bleeder no matter what (period, flesh wound, deep cut, you name it!). It's a huge inconvenience, but it doesn't mean you aren't nursing enough...if that were true, then I would be guilty of having a body that doesn't produce enough to feed three boys who weighed between 8.5 and 10 pounds at birth. I just hope history doesn't repeat itself when my daughter arrives soon!

Andrea - posted on 09/22/2009

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My sister-in-law and I are both EBF's and i got mine back when my son was 3 months. my sis-in-law got hers back with her first son after 3 months and she EBF till 7 months with him and her second she didn't get her's back till he was 13 months and she introduced baby food with him at 3 months because he was never satisfied and always hungry. So I guess not only are we all different but everytime we have one it is different.

Christina - posted on 09/18/2009

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I was bleeding from the time i gave birth till my DD was close to 2 months and then it stopped (cycle only came once or twice between then) . I thought it will never end! LOL. I breastfeed my DD primarily but also supplement from time to time with formula. DD will be 6 months next week and I got my period this week. We started feeding her solids (stage 1) and cereal on a daily basis started the end of last week. I STILL breastfeed and pump often so I won't lose my supply. I am going to ask DD's pediatrician to see what else I could do to keep my supply up. My goal is to stop breastfeeding when DD is between 10 to 12 months old.

Emma - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hehe don't worry, i didn't take offensive, it was the early hours of the morning over here (about 4am) and i was up on my own (normally get hubby to check posts to make sure i'm not being patronizing etc) so as soon as a saw the word "pushy" i panicked and apologized just in case (i do this in the real world too, as i have a habit of offending people by accident........alot lol)

Linette - posted on 09/17/2009

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Oh what the doc was saying is you want have one until you six weeks are up but your going to get one and regularly if ur not irregular. I've breastfeed 3 children and i seen it with them all after my six weeks was up.

Cyndi - posted on 09/17/2009

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I strictly breastfed my daughter until 2 days ago when we started baby cereal mixed with breast milk. She will be 5 months old next week. I have had my period every month since 4 weeks after I stopped the afterbirth bleeding. I even do extra pumping now to have enough milk to mix with cereal and I still get my period and cramps too.

Laura - posted on 09/17/2009

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I was told that when breastfeeding slows down you can get your period at any time. Katelyn just turned 6 months old this past Monday and even though she is eating solid foods, she still breastfeeds pretty frequently and I still have never had a period. I guess I'm just lucky. I think if she slows down, I may just pump to keep it from coming for a while. It's so nice not to have it.

Kerri - posted on 09/17/2009

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Why are you only feeding 3 times a day with breastmilk? I would think that is why you started your period. You really need to do one or the other exclusively, or you will not make enough milk to keep up your supply.

Regina - posted on 09/17/2009

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Just as every baby is different so is every mommy. I EBF my 10 month old for 8 months and still got my period on a regular cycle when he was 2 months.

Mary - posted on 09/17/2009

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I nursed my first child(my daughter) till she was 15 months old - and started my periods after 3 months - and now am nrsing my second baby - he turned 2 months old on the 13th of Sep - and this month of sep - for 3-4 days I had slight bleeding. So I wud say that periods while breastfeeding is totally normal - with my daughte rI exclusively BFed her for 5 months. So don't worry.

Kat - posted on 09/17/2009

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i think everyones different :) i just got mine and my babys 7 weeks EBF... he eats like a little champ, is gaining weight well and is on 3 -4 hourly feeds... i think its just due to your hormone levels. its nothing to be worried about :)

Nicole - posted on 09/17/2009

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Quoting Emma:

sorry, i hope i didn't come across as pushy re pumping didn't mean too!
Nicole says it much better than me "a few tips in case you find it workable" and only if its something you'd be interested in pursuing, (Nicole how do you manage to phrase thing so perfectly at this time of night? I can barely type, lol) Good idea re cooler bag and ice pack, didn't even think to mention that even tho we use one for Leo's milk if he's going out without me, early morning brain rot lol



LOL!  I didn't mean you were being pushy or anything.  I was wording it that way out of experience.  If a mom has a situation like hers, they can feel very overwhelmed trying to add more and this can sometimes leave them more stressed or even feeling guilty.  Actually, I thought you and others were giving great advice (and were not being pushy), I just wanted to say what I know you all were thinking along with your great advice. 



I love that this community is here on facebook because there are so many other mothers, like yourself, who are willing to help, give tips and let other breastfeeding moms know they are not alone.  It's wonderful!



Please continue to give your advice and I'm sorry if I made you feel like you were being pushy.  I knew you were not.  I just didn't want her to hear from me, too... and find ME pushy.  =)

Monica - posted on 09/16/2009

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My physician told me that it isn't true that nursing mothers don't have periods. She said you can still get pregnant while breastfeeding. I am using the mini-pill right now for birth control, which, for whatever reason I haven't had a period yet but, my doctor reassured me it had nothing to do with my form of contraceptive.

Larissa - posted on 09/16/2009

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It's because you aren't breastfeeding exclusively. If you supplement even once per day it can allow your period to return, but especially if you only do it three times per day! Most bfing moms of newborns are doing it like 6-10 times a day! you have to do it like about every 4 hours for it to block periods and even then it isn't foolproof. I have an 11 month old and just got my first period on tues!

Emma - posted on 09/16/2009

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sorry, i hope i didn't come across as pushy re pumping didn't mean too!
Nicole says it much better than me "a few tips in case you find it workable" and only if its something you'd be interested in pursuing, (Nicole how do you manage to phrase thing so perfectly at this time of night? I can barely type, lol) Good idea re cooler bag and ice pack, didn't even think to mention that even tho we use one for Leo's milk if he's going out without me, early morning brain rot lol

Yolanda - posted on 09/16/2009

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i got my period when my baby's one month old, while breastfeeding. My husband said, "i would be okay, so the doctor said to me.

Nicole - posted on 09/16/2009

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Quoting Emma:



Quoting Ashley:




Quoting Valerie:

Your right. My lactation consultant at the hospital was very clear. Your period started because you're not "exclusively" breastfeeding. That means you absolutely can get pregnant! I breastfeed my 6 mo old "exclusively". Over the summer that meant every time he got hungry I nursed him. Now that I'm back to work he eats twice during the day while I'm gone so I pump twice a day at work. I am without a period because I breastfeed exclusively. (Now on days I don't eat enough for breakfast, the bottles I pump are low so my husband supplements with formula but I still pump at least ten minutes even if the bottle doesn't get full. That way my son gets full and I stay without a period.)







I work but I'm not allowed to pump at work or I'll lose my job and I cant have that happen... you see my work dosent have 25 employees working there so by law I cant enforce it for me to have a place to pump or store my breast milk... and I work between 7-8 hours a day, so what else could I do???









Could you express on your lunch break? maybe get someone to collect it? Or is that just not feasable?






Or could you pump during lunch, just to keep your supply up and don't keep the milk (sacrilage! LOL) it wouldn't have to be long even 5/10 mins with an electric or 15/20 with a hand pump could help.






I know you said you couldn't force them to give you a place to pump or store, but is there anywhere at work that you would be ok with pumping when the milks not for the baby, that would be ok with your boss, its a personal choice but when the pumpings not for the baby, my surroundings aren't as important to me, they don't have to be as comfortable,quiet or hygeinic, (I'M NOT SUGGESTING THE TOILET) but if your boss realises that they don't have to really make any changes, other than a small amount of privacy, in an unused space or a place that can be vacated for a small amount of time in your lunch break they maybe more willing to comprimise.?





Well, IF you somehow find the opportunity to pump, they don't have to provide a place for you to store, you have a few options:  First, breastmilk will keep at room temp for up to 6-8 hours.  Second, you can carry a small insulated lunch bag and an ice pack and put the milk in it. 



I do not want to force pumping while working on you, but I wanted to add some tips to the other comments being made, just in case you find it workable.  I wish you all the best and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.



Nicole, CLC

Tara - posted on 09/16/2009

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With both of my girls, I always had a period even though I breastfed. My oldest is 4 today and my youngest is 7 months, which she is still nursing. The only thing that has changed for me is that I don't have cramps anymore. When I am not nursing I don't have cramps either. I've not had cramps for like 5 years now. Its great!! Everyone is different ;).

Emma - posted on 09/16/2009

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Quoting Ashley:



Quoting Valerie:

Your right. My lactation consultant at the hospital was very clear. Your period started because you're not "exclusively" breastfeeding. That means you absolutely can get pregnant! I breastfeed my 6 mo old "exclusively". Over the summer that meant every time he got hungry I nursed him. Now that I'm back to work he eats twice during the day while I'm gone so I pump twice a day at work. I am without a period because I breastfeed exclusively. (Now on days I don't eat enough for breakfast, the bottles I pump are low so my husband supplements with formula but I still pump at least ten minutes even if the bottle doesn't get full. That way my son gets full and I stay without a period.)





I work but I'm not allowed to pump at work or I'll lose my job and I cant have that happen... you see my work dosent have 25 employees working there so by law I cant enforce it for me to have a place to pump or store my breast milk... and I work between 7-8 hours a day, so what else could I do???





Could you express on your lunch break? maybe get someone to collect it? Or is that just not feasable?



Or could you pump during lunch, just to keep your supply up and don't keep the milk (sacrilage! LOL) it wouldn't have to be long even 5/10 mins with an electric or 15/20 with a hand pump could help.



I know you said you couldn't force them to give you a place to pump or store, but is there anywhere at work that you would be ok with pumping when the milks not for the baby, that would be ok with your boss, its a personal choice but when the pumpings not for the baby, my surroundings aren't as important to me, they don't have to be as comfortable,quiet or hygeinic, (I'M NOT SUGGESTING THE TOILET) but if your boss realises that they don't have to really make any changes, other than a small amount of privacy, in an unused space or a place that can be vacated for a small amount of time in your lunch break they maybe more willing to comprimise.?

Mel - posted on 09/16/2009

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Hi! I have a 3 months old son recently and I'm breastfeeding him from beginning and recently. So far, I have no troubles with my milk supply even though my period has been back since the first week of his 3rd month. I had a friend though who said to me that it's still normal. Just eat healthy food especially folic acid rich food and soluble fiber rich food such as whole grains, pasta, fruits and vegetables. Try to drink water and drinks that are not cold straight from refrigerator. Let those stand for a while in room temperature after you get them from refrigerator. Drink plenty of liquids that are caffeine free. It works for me and I still have my milk supply. Eat right and healthy.

Abbey - posted on 09/16/2009

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I have a 3 month old and I am breastfeeding exclusivly and I am haing a light period now as well. The funny thing is that I just asked my Dr on Fri how long it should be and he said usualy 9 months......I think that if you breast feed all day and night there is less of a chance but everyones body is different too.....I would ask your Dr if you can or call Tele Health......Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2009

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I was told by my doctor that as you start to transition from breastfeeding to then being bottle fed, the hormones in your body begin to also transition from the ones to help you breastfeed, to the normal hormones. This can cause you to spot, have heavy bleeding, and/or very irregular periods. Once you completely stop breastfeeding, the hormones will still take a couple months to completely change back to normal so it could be a couple to several months before your periods are also back to normal.

Jackie - posted on 09/16/2009

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Not getting your period while nursing is a myth. I never missed my period and nursed exclusively for nearly a year. Yes the amount of nursing does effect your cycle. But the major thing that effects your cycle is the amount of food and calories you take in. Back 50 years ago if you nursed chances were you wouldn't get your period but people didn't have the convenience of a grocery stores up the street. Since grocery stores are on every corner and food is available readily; so long as a nursing mother is eating properly not only can she get her period while nursing she can be pregnant and nursing also. Nursing is a terrible form of birth control because of this also.

Emma - posted on 09/16/2009

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hi Ashley, I EBF my little one for the first 6 months and unfortunatly my periods hit me hard 8 weeks in, they've been terrible.
Everybodys different, my understanding was if you EBF you wouldn't have periods but hey ho.
However i've found that my monthlys are effected by his feeding, i struggled to get the food/boobie balance right during weaning(he really likes food) and the feeding dropped off, my period was late.
He caught a cold @ 8 months and fed more, early period.
I fell ill when he was 9 months so less feeding, very late period.
It gets very confusing, but very important to cover your bases re contraception.
You've done really well by the way, sounds like you've got a really hungry baby and re
" not breastfeeding as much as you should" your breastfeeding! thats enough, even if your splitting the feeds with formula, if you and baby are happy, thats enough, well done

Ashley - posted on 09/15/2009

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Quoting Valerie:

Your right. My lactation consultant at the hospital was very clear. Your period started because you're not "exclusively" breastfeeding. That means you absolutely can get pregnant! I breastfeed my 6 mo old "exclusively". Over the summer that meant every time he got hungry I nursed him. Now that I'm back to work he eats twice during the day while I'm gone so I pump twice a day at work. I am without a period because I breastfeed exclusively. (Now on days I don't eat enough for breakfast, the bottles I pump are low so my husband supplements with formula but I still pump at least ten minutes even if the bottle doesn't get full. That way my son gets full and I stay without a period.)


I work but I'm not allowed to pump at work or I'll lose my job and I cant have that happen... you see my work dosent have 25 employees working there so by law I cant enforce it for me to have a place to pump or store my breast milk... and I work between 7-8 hours a day, so what else could I do???

Valerie - posted on 09/15/2009

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I have three children and got my period within two months of having them with all three. I exclusively nursed the first two for a full year, and plan to do the same with the third. I haven't had problems at all, and every woman's body is different.

Larissa - posted on 09/15/2009

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I was told by two different drs that my period may be delayed but it probably wouldn't go away completely. I completely breastfeed and I still get one granted its very light but it is possible to still get one.

Nicole - posted on 09/15/2009

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Every woman is different. Exclusive breastfeeding does NOT guarantee delayed menstruation, but it does greatly increase the chances of not having any menses. The science is: if your baby is 6 months or under, you are exclusively breastfeeding (including night feedings) and baby is receiving NO artificial nipples (i.e. bottles, pacifiers, etc.), there is about a 1-2% chance of ovulation. You could probably have another baby and give no supplementation and your menses not return until you wean, but there is no guarantee. I recommend a breastfeeding-friendly birth control and be glad that someone's misinformation did not cause you to be pregnant so soon. There is also some information that has been coming out that weight loss due to breastfeeding can also contribute to delayed menstruation. We'll have to see how that evolves....

But, the point to be made: EXCLUSIVE breastfeeding usually leaves only a 1-2% chance of ovulation for the first 6 months postpartum, but you never know if you will be in that 1-2% and if you decide to EBF AND take a breastfeeding-friendly birth control, it can be 12 months or longer.

Good luck with your BF experience... and there is a CHANCE (it's not a huge chance), that if you increase BF and decrease supplementation, you could put more months of menstruation back at bay, but still don't use BF as birth control.

Nicole, CLC, BFPC

Natalie - posted on 09/15/2009

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Hi Ashley,



I thought with my oldest that I wouldnt get it for at least 6months.Lo and behold my daughter was 7 weeks and it returned!Was regular until I got pregnant with our youngest.With my youngest daughter I got it after 8 weeks!And has been regular since.They are purely breastfeed and were feeding every hour 1/2-2 hours!



Every woman is different.

Ginger - posted on 09/15/2009

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Quoting Alesha:



Quoting Taryn:

I've heard people say they don't have periods while they breastfeed..but I wasn't one of the lucky ones either. I've exclusively breastfed my 3 month old since day 1 and have a period as soon as he was 6 weeks old! I asked my doctor and he basically said breastfeeding CAN delay your period, but that not everyone gets that great side effect. So, I guess its normal, unfortunately. lol






same with me.. im exclusivly breastfeeding my 9week old.. have never once supplementedand i got my period back at 6 eweeks. it SUCKS!!! 






same here 6 weeks really does suck!!! Ive already had 2 and expecting my 3rd any day now and my babay just turned 3 months old.. I also have 2 older children who were also EBF and my period returned before they were 3 months old.. so for me it just shows up sooner the more children I have.. not fun

Annette - posted on 09/15/2009

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I breastfeed exclusively and get a period every frickin month, though it's short, 2-3 days. my mom swears she never got one and I was sorely disappointed to find out it wouldn't be the same for me! guess it just shows that we are all different and our bodies will not all work the same. Sorry, girl, sucks to be the exception.

Laura - posted on 09/15/2009

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It is a fact that you can get your period while still breastfeeding so please don't think that it is because you're not exclusively breastfeeding, or not breastfeeding "as much as you should". Remember some women have periods all through pregnancy as well. Menstruating does mean you are likely to be ovulating though so do be careful if you don't want another wee one just yet!

Becky - posted on 09/15/2009

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It is due to not breastfeeding exclusively. If you go longer than 6 hours between nursing it allows your reproductive hormones to increase causing menstrations.....I believe that it varies a little from person to person.

Christi - posted on 09/15/2009

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I breastfeed my 5 month old full time - 8 times each day and got my period back when he was 4 1/2 months old. everyone is different......

Stacy - posted on 09/15/2009

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They say the more times a day the baby feeds, the longer it will take for your period to begin again. My son was nursing 10-12 times a day and I still got my period when he turned 3 months old.

Tiffany - posted on 09/15/2009

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i have 3 little ones.. all ebf, and i got my period 1 week before their 2 month with each of them. its just your own body. i think if you are more regular with your periods in general that it might effect when you start up again, but thats my own theory

Afesha - posted on 09/15/2009

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i'm breast feeding my 1 and a half yrs old son and i have been seeing my periods since he was about 5 mths old and i breast feed all the the time he doesnt drink any formula what soever so i dont know about that not seeing your period once your breast feeding statement.

Staci - posted on 09/15/2009

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I am almost done with the weening process after nursing my daughter for the past six and half months. I have yet to get a period, though I have had some spotting randomly sometimes. But I was told the more you feed, the more likely you are to not get your period. :)

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I got mine within 2 months and I was exclusively breastfeeding both my children. Even if you don't get it you can still ovulate as well so you need to be careful or you could end up pregnant sooner than you want.

Danaë - posted on 09/14/2009

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you're not producing as much milk as you should, if you start breast feedingmore your period will probably go away again. You shouldn't need to supplement with formula if you let your baby feed as much as he wants your body will produce the milk he need to be full, don't give up or let people tell you different you and your baby are connected and your body knows what it's doing. just let your baby on there as much as he wants. GOOD LUCK!

Rena Jean - posted on 09/14/2009

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My son is 11 months and i still have not stared my period, he just started to wean himself off but he still is eating 6 times a day... My dr told me that as long as he was still constantly nursing it probably wouldnt start!

Jenni - posted on 09/14/2009

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You started your period because you are not breastfeeding as much as you need to to keep you period away. You should be feeding atleast every 3 hours during the day and atleast once a night. If you don't want to breastfeed on demand then you will have your period.

Tiera - posted on 09/14/2009

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The longer you nurse full time, the longer it takes for your period to come back. As you began to cut back on feedings, your body begins to go back to a normal cycle. In my experience with full time nursing, I went about a year with my first child, and over a year with my second child before my period came back.

Sarah - posted on 09/14/2009

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It could be because you aren't breastfeeding exlusively but I exclusively breastfeed (well i pump and bottle feed the breastmilk now) and I've had my period since my daughter was about 6 mos. My milk supply went down though and I read that sometimes starting your period can decrease your supply! Bummer! Hope this helps!

Alicia - posted on 09/14/2009

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I have a 2 1/2 month old as well and even though I am pretty much exclusively breastfeeding, I got my period about 3 weeks ago when my son started sleeping for 6 hours at night. The period itself affected my milk supply but after it was over with it came back full force.

Jill - posted on 09/14/2009

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I recently got my period after breastfeeding exclusiviely my daughter for 6 months. Once she was going for longer stretches without feeding (especially at night) and started solids it came back.

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Quoting Valerie:

Your right. My lactation consultant at the hospital was very clear. Your period started because you're not "exclusively" breastfeeding. That means you absolutely can get pregnant! I breastfeed my 6 mo old "exclusively". Over the summer that meant every time he got hungry I nursed him. Now that I'm back to work he eats twice during the day while I'm gone so I pump twice a day at work. I am without a period because I breastfeed exclusively. (Now on days I don't eat enough for breakfast, the bottles I pump are low so my husband supplements with formula but I still pump at least ten minutes even if the bottle doesn't get full. That way my son gets full and I stay without a period.)


This is soooooooo untrue!!!  I have exculsively
breastfed each of my girls every two hours (and still at 21 mths), have had to pump and donate because of excessive milk supply, and my cycle started when they were each around 3 mths old.  We are all different, and our bodies change acordingly!  Happy nursing!

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