Experiencing irregular periods while breastfeeding is quite common.
The stimulation of a baby at the breast, causes the body to give off hormones that aid in milk production and suppress menstruation.
Lactation suppresses the menstrual cycle, this process is called Lactational Amenorrhea.
It is very common to experience a bit of bleeding after the birth of a baby, which is sometimes mistaken for a menstrual cycle. If your baby is fed formula, then your menstrual cycle should return during the first month or two after birth.
There are cases, in which breastfeeding mothers have gone up to a year or two without their cycle returning. Sometimes their first period after breastfeeding occurs when the baby has been completely weaned.
Irregular periods while breastfeeding, are normal while the mother is breastfeeding; skipping a month or two is normal. Sometimes there might be menstrual symptoms without bleeding, which is an indication that your menstrual cycle is returning and it would be a good idea to use precautions if you are not intending on falling pregnant soon.
It is quite possible to fall pregnant if you are breastfeeding. There have been rare cases, in which some mothers have become pregnant before their period has returned.
If you are experiencing severe menstrual symptoms, here are a few suggestions:
You could use a combination of 1500mg calcium and 400mg magnesium, taken together. This will keep your milk supply up, regulate your period, help for sore nipples and prevent cramps.
Evening primrose can help to prevent sore nipples during a period.
There are instances in which a mother was breastfeeding, with no period occurring for nine months with her first baby, but with her next baby, her cycle returned after only 11 weeks.
Learn more about fertility while breastfeeding.