Do you have periods while breastfeeding?

Kathy - posted on 03/09/2012 ( 40 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if while breastfeeding do you have any periods. My son is only 2 1/2mths old I hven't had one not complaining just checking that its normal

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Lanie - posted on 04/14/2012

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I'm sure it varies from person to person, but I think it's normal not to have your cycle while you're breastfeeding. Personally, my first baby is now 10 weeks old and I've been breastfeeding exclusively since birth. I got my period 5 weeks postpartum, a normal heavy, 7 day period. The next one a few weeks later was just some spotting for a few days (NICE!! =). We'll see what happens with the next one.

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After the light spotting, I didn't get a period again until my LO was almost 10 months old (still BF, until 15 months, but solids were taking over as his main source of nutrition, so he was BF less). Can't say I wasn't disappointed. ;-)

Tiffany - posted on 03/21/2012

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It varies for each person. I didn't get my period until a few months after I stopped breastfeeding, which was 25 months for my daughter. My sister got hers back after the first year, despite continuing to breastfeed. I will say though, that my first 1-2 cycles were a little rougher than usual, but I eventually evened back out again.



Remember that you could possibly still get pregnant, even though you aren't having your menstrual cycle.

Holli - posted on 04/16/2012

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However if you are using hormone based birth control, this will also affect this. And it is possible to get pregnant while breast feeding. Just because you don't have a period does NOT mean you are not ovulating.

Holli - posted on 04/16/2012

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You can, but many women experience a lack or lighter periods due to the hormones excreted when exclusively breastfeeding.

Tameika - posted on 04/14/2012

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That not true bf is not a birth control because eventho u have no period u can still have a baby also some ppl gets period n some dnt u have to ebf to not have one my lil girl is goin be 1 next month n I haven't had one at all

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Jordansmommy - posted on 04/13/2012

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My son is 2 1/2 as well and the first time I got it I spotted just one day. But just yesterday I got it and its a full period I'm disappointed because I thought you didn't get it while breastfeeding :(

Sam - posted on 04/12/2012

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I did but my doctor told me that I should. But it was no big deal...he said breastfeeding was great birth control!

Dawn - posted on 04/05/2012

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You actually can. but w/ my 4th daughter, Didn't for almost 3 yrs! I actually missed it. LOL!

Stephanie - posted on 04/05/2012

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I have had 3 periods with my daughter and she is 8 months old. My first one was about 3 months after she was born. I think part of why I have/had my periods is due to my weight. I am more than I should be and I am in the process of loosing weight (slowly), my daughter is eating solids, she nurses 4-6 times a day, sleeps all night.



Then to echo everyone else, each woman is different.

Kelee - posted on 04/05/2012

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I breastfed my daughter for 14 months and never had a period, but all women are different. It also worked as birth control for me (not recommended of course).

Tameika - posted on 03/28/2012

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Some ppl do but some dnt I haven't had a period since I find out I was pregnant n shell be 1 in two months

User - posted on 03/27/2012

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got mine after 6-wks...booo!! but i got a daughter who started sleeping 4-6hrs at 3-wks old, then 6-9hrs by 6-wks old, and has been sleeping 9-12 hours since (w/ few exceptions, teething, not feeling good, etc.) my understanding is it can depends on how long in between feedings. the longer between feeding the greater chance it may come back sooner. sleeping baby versus period? hhhmmm...i'll take my little sleeper ;D

Beth - posted on 03/25/2012

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I never did have one until I weaned my son. But some women do start getting them again while still Bfeeding.

Cristina - posted on 03/24/2012

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Yes its normal while breastfeeding you shouldnt have them for about 6 month but mine came during the 8th month - he is now 2 and a half and i still breastfeed him and i do have my periods.

Nicole - posted on 03/22/2012

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I had my period 6 weeks after postpardum...i thought it was leftover stuff from pregnancy...but now---i just got it after he is 13 weeks...so i guess it's back! Ugh. I get very irritable when i have it too---so the baby added lots of stress while i had mine. :( Just have to remember to take it easy.

Rebekah - posted on 03/17/2012

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I did not get a period until about 2 months after I weaned my kiddos: 1st child at 10 months, 2nd child at 15 months, and I'm currently period-less and nursing my 5 month old.

Amy - posted on 03/17/2012

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My sister had her period a month after. I didn't have one until two months after I'd stopped nursing my son [stopped at 16 months with him]. So I had a year and a half of no flow. It rocked. Hoping for same with this baby. She's 9 months and still no period.

Tara - posted on 03/15/2012

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Got mine back at 4mths with all three. Exclusively breastfed.my milk started to dry up a week before my period started, I didnt know what was going on. Had to take herbs to build supply up again...rough few weeks!

Janine - posted on 03/15/2012

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My BF son is 11mo, I haven't had a period yet but do get 'cramps' about once a month and have had this since he was about 7mo.

Natalia - posted on 03/14/2012

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Totally normal! I breastfed my first for eight months (wanted to go longer but long story, lol) And never had a period till she finished feeding. Currently breastfeeding my second and still no period (yay!)

Also normal so get periods, lol, a friend of mine got hers back straight after baby and she breastfed.

Everyone is different I guess but I wouldn't worry, be glad and thankful, enjoy it while it lasts!

Heather - posted on 03/14/2012

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My first two (girls) I didn't get until after their first birthdays...oldest was 13 months, second was 15 months. My baby who is now 9 1/2 months old (boy)...he was 6 weeks old. I thought that I started bleeding again due to the c-section (third one) and called the dr in a panic! (i had stopped bleeding with the section after a week and half...so I was scared!)...nope. just my period. the one good thing is we can try for number 4 this summer since I am regular! :)

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 03/14/2012

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I did not have a period until my son was 7 months old. It didn't start until his nursing cut back with the introduction/increase in solids. It is Perfectly normal to not have a period for a while when breast feed.

Andrea - posted on 03/12/2012

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It is completely normal, but not my story! I nursed from the first moment I held my daughter (who I still nurse at nearly 3 1/2 now, though of course a lot less often) and I had my period 6 weeks after birth. I was also bleeding a few weeks after, but doctor thought from over working so soon after my cesarean. I think every person is different. I never had problems with milk supply or anything (other than bleeding nipples, etc), so wasn't based on the amount of nursing. I was used to long, painful periods, and was enjoying the break during pregnancy and was hoping for it to last (one reason I could have the excuse for still nursing this long) IF it worked, which it didn't for me!!

Anna - posted on 03/12/2012

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My son is 22 months and I'm still not menstruating. Every woman is different but it also depends on how often you're nursing, how much you're nursing vs how much solids you're gonna introduce into his diet, and night nursing I think is one of the critical components since it supresses ovulation. Even though I don't nurse during the day anymore, my son cosleeps with us and I nurse him to sleep and during the night when he wakes up 2 - 4 times a night.

Lyndsey - posted on 03/11/2012

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My baby is 13 months and no period. He is still nursing, but he eats air of food too.

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I got mine back after 21 months! I think the average for nursing moms is around 14 months, some getting it back very early and some getting it back as ridiculously late as I did. 21 whole months of bliss, never mind the money I saved in tampons. Enjoy!

Jessica - posted on 03/10/2012

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I just got mine and my daughter is 10 months old. I've started stretching out her feeds since I have to go back to work in a month. I sure did not miss it! :)

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2012

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First child it was as soon as he started solids, about six months. Second child just before five months. However I know someone who exclusively breastfeeding and had he period from the beginning. So like someone else said, it varies.

Jodie - posted on 03/10/2012

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My son is 18 months and still breast feeding. I started having periods again just before he turned 1.

Dianne - posted on 03/10/2012

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hi, i didnt get mine at all, i got pregnant on my first cycle when my son was 16mths old. big yay :) hoping for the same this time round, am just finishing the postpartum one and already over having them lol

Tiffany - posted on 03/09/2012

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My son is 8mths and I still have not had any periods.I am not complaining! Yahoo for BF! ; )

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My son will turn one next Monday and I still have not had any periods (I am still breastfeeding). I am not complaining though!

Amy - posted on 03/09/2012

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I have the mirena which could also have an effect on my period I have only had my period 3 or 4 times since my daughter was born, she's going to be two next week. She is self weening now and only bf's once in the middle of the night or early in the morning and I still haven't gotten it back.

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My period started when my exclusively breastfed son was 2.5 months old.... and has been coming every month since (he's almost 4).



Some women don't get a period until the kid is weaned, some get it regularly from very early (like 'lucky' me), and other women fall somewhere in between.

Deidre - posted on 03/09/2012

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It's not set in stone, but the norm is NOT to have a period for the duration of breastfeeding. I LOVED not having a period. As a matter of fact the birth control I'm on also gives me NO PERIOD!! WWOO HOO!! It is Implanon. It is a tiny implant that goes on the inside of your bicep just underneath the skin. No pain and effortless. It lasts for 3 years, too.

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