Breastfeeding And Menstruation


Your Period while Breastfeeding


Return of menstruation while breastfeeding

Many mothers think that if they are breastfeeding exclusively, their periods will not return, but the truth is, many Moms will start to menstruate soon, sometimes as early as a few weeks after birth.

Every woman is different and has a varied level of hormones. The period in which lactation suppresses your menstruation and fertility, is called lactational amenorrhea.

Moms may even find that with each pregnancy, they will start menstruating at different times.

“I breastfed my son for 9 months before my period started, but this time around my baby is only 11 weeks old and my period has started” by Tammy (Canada) 


Delaying Menstruation


Can you keep your period away longer while breastfeeding?

Breastfeed Baby on demand: the more you breastfeed, the longer your period should stay away. (nurse at least 6 times per day)

- Breastfeed your baby through the night too. (this is the biggest reason why most Moms will have their periods return early) Nurse at least every 6 hours at night.

- Start your baby on solid foods only after 6 months.

- Don’t allow bottle or pacifier use.

- Allow comfort nursing ( Baby wearing can also help).


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What's Normal?


What’s a normal period during breastfeeding?

Menstruation during breastfeeding can be very unpredictable.

- Most Moms experience some postpartum bleeding after birth, but this is not a mother's period.

- Bottle feeding Moms will usually start their periods within a month or two after giving birth.

- Breastfeeding Moms may go without their period for weeks, months and even years while breastfeeding.

- Some Moms may have no period while breastfeeding and only start having periods again after they have weaned completely.

- A Mom may have irregular periods while breastfeeding and may skip some months; a missed period while breastfeeding is normal.

- Moms may have premenstrual symptoms without any bleeding; this may be an indication, that your period will be returning soon. It's best to start taking precautions at this stage, if you don’t want to fall pregnant.


Other changes that may occur in connection with menstruation while breastfeeding

- Moms may find that their milk supply drops a little, just before a period starts. This is due to hormonal fluctuations.

- Some extra nipple tenderness is very common in breastfeeding Moms during a period and this is also due to hormonal changes.

- Some babies may drink more or less during a period, as milk might taste a little different.

- Mom may experience some uterine cramping with a period during breastfeeding.


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Getting Pregnant while Breastfeeding


Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding, when your period returns?

Yes, you should consider yourself fertile once your period has returned. It is also possible to become pregnant before your period returns, but this is a very rare occurrence.


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Coping with Period Pains


Symptoms during breastfeeding and menstruation

- A combination supplement of 1500 calcium/400 magnesium per day (always taken together, never separately) This will regulate your periods, prevent nipple tenderness, keep milk supply up and also prevent uterine cramping.

- Evening primrose (1 per day) can be taken to relieve nipple tenderness.



Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with breastfeeding and menstruation

- Preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy

- Trying to conceive while breastfeeding

- Breastfeeding while pregnant

- Spotting while breastfeeding

- Pregnancy symptoms while breastfeeding

- Breastfeeding and fertility

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