period and decrease in supply

by Stephi Nicole
(San Diego,CA)


Hi, my name is Stephi


I have a lo that's about to be 3 months Friday and well, like clock work, my period came back.

I've noticed a pretty big decrease in my supply and miss Violette is not happy with me, she turns away and it's hard to get her to nurse.

Any tips for me? this is the worst feeling ever!

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Healthy Nursing by Secrets Of Tea
by: Maria

I'm sorry to hear I know how frustrating because I went through that, there a tea that helped increase my milk supply and it tastes amazing it's Healthy Nursing by Secrets Of Tea

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It is possible to have period while you are breastfeeding ?.

by Flavia Madoo
(Maryland)

I have question about my period returned too soon, my baby just have two months and three weeks.

You know what happen, my baby is sleeping more than five hours at night, but I am not sure, is a period. I am going to see my Dr soon.

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Feb 02, 2012
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periods while breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Yes, it is normal, everybody is different, not all moms have the luxury of fore-fitting their periods while breastfeeding, I am one of them.

I have my period every 3 - 4 months while breastfeeding, so they can come and go as well...it all depends on the amount of breast milk produced and removed from the breasts and other hormonal factors.

Jan 06, 2013
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start periode while breastfeed
by: Anonymous

Hi,

my Baby is 3 months and 2 weeks only and i start my periode i only breastfeed my Baby. i'm so confuse why so quickly? any advice?

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Jul 11, 2014
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heavy period while exclusively breast feeding
by: Liz

I delivered my daughter c section 2months & 3 weeks ago. I exclusively breast feed.She sleeps through the night, so my period has returned, and yes its heavy + cramps. Totally normal!! I just hope it doesnt last a full week!!!!

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I am not getting my 2nd period
by: KAUSAR

hi i have 3.10 months of baby, completely breastfeeding. i got my first period heavy after cesarean, that was started only after 15 days but now m not getting 2nd period even after 30 days. what is the reason, i am worried about pregnant.

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I'm the lucky one who got their period

My periods returned 4 weeks after birth! Baby was exclusively breastfeeding around the clock every 2 hours, if not before that (one and a half) and now at 7 months still have 3 to 4 night feeds and co sleep.

Nothing suppressed my cycles and nothing in this article worked for me unfortunately. We are all different I guess I'm just one of the lucky (not really) ones who get their periods returning.

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Jun 22, 2016
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Same
by: Anonymous

I was the exact same way with my 2 daughters. 🙁

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I breastfeed exclusively, and I have period.

by justina
(ontario)

As I said in my title I have been breastfeeding exclusively since my daughter was born five months ago. Minus a couple nights out where she was fed formula. Anyways, about a month after she was born I got my period and have on time every month since.

I'm just wondering if my period is a for sure sign of fertility, because most women don't get their period right after birth.

And I just wanted clarification that if I'm breastfeeding and I have my period, can I still become pregnant??

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Jan 15, 2012
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your period and fertility
by: Tracy

Hi Justina

Yes, you are fertile for sure...since your period is regular already. Even an irregular period can mean your fertility has returned.


Jan 18, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Thank you for clarifying :-)

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I just started getting my period and I'm still nursing! This upsets me so bad!

My baby is only 8 months and I am still nursing her and I just got my period! I can't believe it! I'm on all the herbal supplements you can think of, pump all the time (I work during the day) and nurse baby at night multiple times a day (she sleeps with us :) Why is this happening to me? I am so upset

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I got my period 8 months postpartum

I got my period when my daughter was 8 months old. She has only had breast milk. We started her on solids at 5 months.

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I thought breastfeeding prevented periods....


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Hi, my baby is 6weeks old. I just got my cycle. I have had the same occurrence with my first two children. My cycle came on the next month. Is this normal? Other women dont get theirs for months. Is there something off with my body and milk production?

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I MISS MY PERIOD 15 DAYS NOW

by KRISTEN
(CANADA)

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT I AM ALREADY PREGNANT? I BREASTFEED EVERYNIGHT COZ I HAVE WORK AT DAYTIME.. AND MY FIRST PERIOD WAS ON MARCH 2... MY HUSBAND AND I CONTACTED BUT WE DID A WITHDRAWALS METHOD.AFTER 10 DAYS INCLUDING MY MENSTRUATION DAY.IM SO WORRIED NOW.. I HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME..

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Apr 18, 2012
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Take A Pregnancy Test
by: Michelle

The best thing you can do to put your mind at ease is to do a pregnancy test. Is this the first period you have gotten back since breastfeeding? If so, then your next period may not have come because your prolactin hormone is still elevated from breastfeeding. Or have your periods been regular for some time? It is quite possible to get pregnant while using the withdrawl method.

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actually this is for my 2nd period
by: Anonymous

actually this is for my 2nd period (hoping)....until now my period didn't come yet..i am 17 days delayed already..i want to take pregnancy test..but is it too early to take that test? and i hope withdrawal method won't get me pregnant.. :(

Apr 21, 2012
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Take A Pregnancy Test
by: Anonymous

If your period is 17 days delayed, it is definitely not too early to take a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test around the time of your missed period. It may just be that because it is only your second period, your hormones are still sorting themselves out and your period is not regular yet. If you are not pregnant, you may want to consider something more reliable for contraception next time! Good luck!

Apr 23, 2012
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I'VE GOT MY PERIOD
by: Anonymous

hi again, thanks for the advice.. i've got my period now.. 3 days already..thanks, thanks, thanks....

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worried about period not returning

by euphemia
(Nigeria )

This is my 13th month after giving birth I've not yet seen my period though I am still breastfeeding my baby both day and night.

I am beginning to worry cos my period came three to four months in my previous deliveries.

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Nov 10, 2014
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your hormones
by: Tracy

Hi Euphemia

You don't need to worry about this. All pregnancies are different in this regard. Some moms only get their periods after two years, even if they previously had pregnancies in which they started their periods early. It all depends on your hormones at the time.

So, relax and enjoy this freedom, while it lasts! ;-)

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My period didn't still come yet

by Michelle
(Tasmania, Australia )


I have 7 months old son and last December I didn't have my period and its 9th of January now . I'm worried cause I don't being pregnant cause I'm doing breastfeeding to my son and his taking a bottle too . I hope someone could help me . Thank you.

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Jan 09, 2015
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hormones are completely out of wack
by: Tracy

Hi there.

The only way to be certain is to take a pregnancy test.

A persons hormones are completely out of wack while breastfeeding, so there is no way to know, you might be fertile, you might not. But, as I'm sure you have read in the main post and comments, that it is normal to have irregular periods, spotting and / or skipping periods while breastfeeding.

You are however more likely to have your fertility return, if you are bottle feeding as well.

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Menstruation within WEEKS of delivery!

I delivered 7 weeks ago and just started my 1st period! I couldn't believe it because I am EXCLUSIVELY breastfeeding. I now realize that I started so early because I was blessed with a wonderful baby that has been sleeping 7-8hrs a night for the last 3 weeks! I guess I am much more thankful for a baby that sleeps through the night and would take my period any time!

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Oct 29, 2011
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On sleeping long baby!
by: Anonymous

I hope you are still breast feeding! Make sure your baby gets the hind milk by staying on one breast until it's empty! It's recommended that you wake the baby for more frequent feedings; better for the baby and for you. I hope your baby sleeps in the bed next to you. It's best for night feeding, bonding, and a happy baby. Happy baby to you!

Nov 01, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I am definitely still breastfeeding, EXCLUSIVELY! And my baby has almost doubled her birthweight in 7 weeks. She was only 5lbs when she was born and is now over 9lbs. She is a great eater during the day and loves to sleep at night! I guess I just got lucky!

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That's great!
by: Anonymous

That is awesome! The pediatricians in my area recommended to allow the baby to sleep through the night if they want to and feed through the day. So lucky you! my lo is sleeping 5hours a night and my period just returned. I would rather have sleep and a period.

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Breast feeding and menstruation

by Alda Mills
(South Africa)

I have been nursing my son for just over two years now. My menstrual cycle decided to return on the 11th of January this year, and I have been having my period since. It has not stopped. It has been three weeks now and although there is no heavy flow, I am still required to use tampons. Is this normal? So will my cycle just carry on as it is probably supposed to start again in a week or so's time? Any advice welcome. Thank you!!

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Feb 05, 2013
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your period
by: Tracy

Hi Alda

I'm also from South Africa ;-)

I would not worry too much about it, it could just be your body's way of getting things back on track again after two years of rest.

You are blessed that your period stayed away so long. And, congrats for making the two year mark! My two year breastfeeding mark is coming up in June with my second child! ;-)

My periods returned after the first 6 months and have been completely haywire. I get and skip and sometimes I also have longer periods than before...its all normal.


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Can nursing more frequently after period returned keep period away?

by Theresa Gess
(Ohio)

Missed periods are normal while nursing so since my periods have returned and I begin nursing more frequently will the increased nursing keep them away for a longer time?

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Jan 06, 2013
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periods
by: T

Hi Theresa

A person can never tell whether your periods will continue or not. It can vary, you may have one and then skip one. Personally, I usually have a period every two months, but this does not mean that I am not fertile in-between.

As soon as your periods have started after birth, even if you skip one or two, you are fertile...so please take precautions.

It is obviously nice,just skipping them, but in my case, when I do have a period, it is so much more severe than when I have one every month.

Please post to let us ladies know whats happening, always nice to hear others experiences with this type of thing too.

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No period at 11 months

by Khadra y h
(Nsw)

I am breastfeeding mum my first baby I. Get back period when he was 6 months. The second one 11 months still no period

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how to obtain your period while breastfeeding?

by charmmie

good day!

I am a full time mom and a mother of 4 kids.

They are fully breastfed on me, yet all of them are 2 years apart.

Because no period comes..and very worried because my period doesn't come always. Thats why I get pregnant every 2 years.

can anyone help me?.

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by: Tracy

I'm a bit confused about your question. Do you want to fall pregnant sooner or are you worried that you will fall pregnant again?

If you are worried that you will fall pregnant, you need to use contraceptives.

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Heavy menstrual period while breast-feeding?is it normal..

by MariaA.

My baby just turned 4 months & I just started my period but it really heavy flow. I've never had my Periods this heavy before. Is it normal for the first time?

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Heavy period
by: Zelda Behr

That is quite normal.

Breastfeeding can turn your period on it head, you can have heavy periods or very light ones, longer than normal or shorter and even skip a few months.

- You can take 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.

I myself am going through this, it's not pleasant, good luck.

Here is more on this subject...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-and-menstruation.html

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Bleeding
by: Bobby

Hi im 28year old mother of 3 kids.

My baby is going to one year in this month. Im breastfeeding. Sometimes one time a day and 2or 3time at night breastfeeding.

I have my period after 6weeks.

Recently I had a heavy period like flooding never had before like this. After that its been 7 month, now im spotting, regular, like every month don't understand what is this.

Can someone tell me about this problem,why i'm having irregular bleeding and spotting like this. After doing sex I had pain my lower belly

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all of a sudden my period stopped/breastfeeding exclusively

Is this normal?!

I've been getting my period normally for about four months now my daughter is about nine months and all of a sudden my period stopped I breastfeed exclusively and started solid foods at four months.

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Apr 27, 2012
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period while nursing
by: Tracy

Hi!

Yes, it is completely normal. Your hormones during breastfeeding can differ from time to time, which is what causes you to have a period and then maybe skip it a few times.

Personally I have had a roller coaster ride where this is concerned. I got my period at four months after my baby was born, then I would have heavy periods for three months, then skip one get one, then I would bleed for longer than usual and spot some months, right now I haven't had a period again for two months...so yes...when it comes to your period while breastfeeding, anything is normal.

Most moms that I know and have spoken to, say they got there period while they where breastfeeding, not everyone has the advantage of "no period" while breastfeeding.

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stop me getting my period?

by Silly Billy

My baby is 8wks and I breastfeed & give 60mls of formula per day. My period has returned. If I stop formula & breastfeed more, will this stop me getting my period?

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Nov 06, 2014
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period and breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Hi

It all depends from person to person, but yes, you might stop getting your period or you might notice irregular periods or spotting during "that time".

Just remember that even if your period does disappear, this does not always mean that you are completely infertile. You can skip a few periods and still be fertile.

I personally would skip a few months when breastfeeding duration increased, especially if I breastfed my baby more at night.

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My period has stopped

by Skye
(California)

I've had three normal periods since the birth of my child. She is now 4 months and my period has stopped. Is this normal?

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Still no period

Breastfeeding 10 month old baby. At least 4x a day. Giving formula 4-8oz everyday but still no period.

I breastfed my first 3 babies but the latest my period came was at 8months. No longer exclusively breastfeeding but still no period. Is this normal?

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by: Tracy

Hey!

Yes, any time at the breast can effect hormone production and will interfere with your cycle. But, this does not necessarily mean that you are infertile. You can miss a period here and there. Every pregnancy and breastfeeding experience is different, because your body changes and so do the hormone levels produced.

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not ready for my period to start

by Chiquila
(Jackson, Ms.)

Yes, I have started spotting a little. My daughter Zuri just turned 12 months. She has stopped nursing through the night. She only wakes to latch on and then she goes back to sleep. She nurses after I get off work and I still pump at least 2 times during the work day. I am not ready for my period to start!

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Got period how to stop it

Nursing for two months via pumping and giving it to my baby via bottle. My milk supply didn't reach more than four ounces total. i stopped pumping and i had very little milk and got my period two weeks later. Is it Possible for me to stop getting my period if i resume Pumping and nursing?

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Mar 27, 2012
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stopping a period
by: Tracy

Hi

yes, if you start pumping and removing more milk, your period will stop again...but do not take this as a sign of "not being able to fall pregnant" Because you may still be fertile.


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One day period

by Donette
(Orlando, Florida )

I have been breast feeding since my little man was born. He turns 2 in June. I have not had a period since I became pregnant in October 2009. Friday morning I woke up bleeding and it only lasted a day. I am breast feeding less because I. Am trying to wean him off the breast. Is this normal. One day period while still breast feeding?

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Apr 29, 2012
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One day period
by: Tracy

Hi!

Yes, it is normal. You are actually so blessed that your period has started now only.

About it being a "one day" period. That is normal too, as I told one of the ladies on here yesterday, I have had such irregular weird periods during my 10 months breastfeeding my daughter. Some months I have a light spotting only, other months nothing and some months it lasts for two weeks while others only a day. You may even skip a few months.

Your hormones change with the frequency of breastfeeding and this is what causes the irregular periods.

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my period is not coming

Hello

I'm 25 years old and married. I have 11 months old baby, I wonder why my monthly period missed up the last is Oct 25 2015, but until now my period is not coming. thank u god speed

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No 2nd period

I had baby boy July 2014. I am still breastfeeding him. July 2015 , I got my first period and should have gotten my 2nd one this past Sunday the 9th.

I've been having PMS for about a week. I've taken 4 pregnancy test, all said negative(the last one I took was Thursday) my husband had a vasectomy dec 2014, got checked in February , he was sterile .

I had him checked again today and no activity, nothing, this is my 3rd child and with the other 2 my cycle returned normally. I know your period can be irregular after birth, but would I still have PMS?

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breastfeeding and I got my period

by a new mum
(sydney)

Im worried,

My baby is 10 Mrs old and eating solids and breastfeeding and I got my period back and it is confusing me.

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Nov 30, 2012
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no need to worry
by: Tracy

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It's perfectly normal, no need to worry. Here is a page that will answer all your questions...

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Worried Mom
by: Simmy

I had my son in July and my period came october 25 and Novemeber 26 and it didnt come in Decemeber. Is that normal??

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by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi Simmy

Yes, its normal to skip months too. I am still breastfeeding my 18 month old daughter, I started my periods at 6 months postpartum and had mine on and off until now. I have found that when I do have a period, it is more severe (more period pains and also longer period of time)

You might find that if you breastfeed more often, your periods disappear and if you breastfeed less, they return again...it all depends in hormones and from person to person.

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period 2-3 times a month

by ashlee
(Brooklyn, NY )

My son will be 3 months on the 23. My period started last month and lasted 5 days. 9 days later it returned and lasted 6 days. Here it is 7 days later and ive started bleeding again. Im still exclusively breastfeeding. He sleeps throughout the night so i guess That's why I've started them again but idky every 7-9 days. Can anyone help?

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Should go back to normal
by: Tracy

Hi Ashlee

It sounds to me as if your body is going through hormonal changes right now, due to the fact that you started your period last month.

I don't think you need to worry, it should regulate itself again and go back to normal soon (normal while breastfeeding could include skipping months and/or spotting). If you have more than one period again next month, I would suggest that you see a doctor.

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Bleeding almost all the time
by: Anonymous

I was the same. 2 months after my 3rd baby was born, i was bleeding for 7-10 days.

It would stop for 5 days then it starts again. I was bleeding a lot i was in the shower 3-4 times a day as it would go through my clothes. Went to the doctor a couple times & had an ultra sound but they couldnt figure out what was going on.

I was bleeding so much i started to be anemic & have fatigue. I finally met another doctor who knew what she was doing & said it was just a major hormonal imbalance and prescribed noriday minipill.

I wasn't allowed a full pill as its not good while breastfeeding.anyway, long story short, the minipill helped! My bleeding stopped completely! Haven't had any bleeding or spotting at all.

My son is 7 months now and no bleeding. i still haven't got my period either. Im not anemic anymore and im happy the whole bleeding nightmare have stopped.

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breastfeeding and menstrating

by Anita
(lethbridge, Canada)

My little girl will be 6months old on the 23 of january and I started menstrating today. Is it normal?

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Jan 21, 2015
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by: Tracy

Hi Anita

Yes, its normal. Some women start their periods early, some as early as a few weeks after giving birth. Others only start their periods when they have weaned. It all depends on the individual.

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a month of bleeding after giving birth

by tessanie segunla
(la carlota city,philippines)

Hi,
I have 3 months old baby.
I bleed for 1 month after giving birth.
But after 1 day i have my period back it ends after 4-5 days after that it ddnt came back again and it is almost 2 months.

Im worried. My husband and i have sex after 2 months of giving birth. Is it possible to have period after 1 day of bleeding? Is it regular or irregular?

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Nursing and light spotting

Could I be pregnant if I am exclusively bf 9 month old and had bright red bleeding for only an hour with cramping, mood swings, headaches, and nausea but negative pregnancy test?

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Spotting while bfing

Hi all
My LO is 6 months old, I got a period in 4 months pp, (ovulatory) and then another in 5 months again ovulatory, but now in 6th. Month, I m having brown spotting which is out of whack, is it normal.

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Will my milk dry up when my period starts?

by worried momma

With my first son I breastfed for 3 months but dried up... This time im at my 3 month mark and I just got my period, will this mean im going to dry up again???

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Breasefeeding and periods
by: Lyssa

Some breastfeeding mothers find they do not have a period while they are fully nursing their babies, some have light periods, and some have regular full periods. This usually is different for every woman and sometimes can differ between pregnancies.

Some woman do notice that the hormonal changes caused by their periods decreases their supply somewhat, but regular nursing sessions and drinking plenty of water makes sure they do not lose their supply and it almost always returns to normal once their period is over.

Starting your period does NOT mean that you need to supplement or stop breastfeeding. Just increase your water and breastfeed normally.

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Exclusivly breast feeding! No suplements no suthers, no bottles or food

Hi, i have a 4 month old girl. I just started my period 3 days ago and again shes only on the boob i sooth her with it and feed her every 2.5 hours and even at night shes on the breast ?!? Is this normal to start my period

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yes, it is normal
by: Tracy

Hi, yes it is normal. Every woman's body is different. Some ladies start their periods anywhere from a month after giving birth, even if they are exclusively breastfeeding.

I started my period a few weeks after giving birth and then it went away again, this might be the case with you too. When you are breastfeeding...your period can come and go as it pleases!

Hope this helps put your mind at ease

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Me three...
by: Elsabe

I breastfed my son for 17 months, and also had my periods like usual until I got the Mirena. Now with my twincesses who are 14 months, I still get regular periods. I felt sure with TWO babies being exclusively breastfed for 6 months I wouldn't get it, but I still did. So it seems it happens to some women...

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Exactly 4 weeks after her birth my periods returned.

I had my first baby. Exactly 4 weeks after her birth my periods returned. I breastfeed on demand, like 20 times during the day and at nights too. I thought that was strange.





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My period has stoped for a year now

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Since I have been breastfeeding my little princess for a year now my period has stopped completely. Looking to wean her completely in a few days time.

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10days delayed

Hi! I am exclusively breastfeeding for 9months and my period has been regular for 3 months now. But I am 10 days delayed at the moment.

I took a preg test 4 days ago and it turned negative. Was that negative accurate? When is the best time to take the preg test to show a reliable result? Thanks.

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pregnancy test results
by: Tracy

Hi

Some pregnancy tests are so accurate, that they can detect a pregnancy seven days after conception. Most pregnancy tests are accurate if you take them on the day that your period is due.

So chances are that you are not pregnant. Its very common for mothers who breastfeed to skip periods when their babies breastfeed more, you might not even notice the increase in breast milk consumption, but your body does. This causes your body to go into an amenorrheic state. Which means no period for that month.