Missed period

by Mary

I have an 8 month who I breastfeed exclusively, including a few feedings at night, and has also started eating solids.

Four months after she was born my menstrual cycle came back and for three months my cycles have somewhat come on time.

My husband also got a vasectomy done, was confirmed that he was sterile, but I am about a bit over one week late on my period.

I am afraid to do a pregnancy test.

Is this normal? Is there a chance I could be pregnant?

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Jul 31, 2012
Missed period
by: Zelda Behr

Good news, you are not pregnant, what you are experiencing is quite normal. It's called Amenorrhea.

This is when your period disappears while breastfeeding. In some cases it can stay away as long as you breastfeed or as in your case it can make your period irregular.

Here is some more info on breastfeeding and your period...


Hope this helps and don't hesitate to ask if there is something else.

Dec 21, 2015
by: Anonymous

I'm literally in the same boat except my husband vasectomy want confirmed. Were you pregnant!? This uncertainty is killing me!?

Mar 31, 2016
Normal to miss a period?
by: Anonymous

I've been exclusively breastfeeding my daughter for 11months now I got my 1st period last month on the 27th and had protected sex a week after now my period hasn't come this month is it normal to miss a period 😊

Apr 09, 2016
missed or irregular
by: Mlou

my period came back exactly when my son reached 6 months (March10). I have 28 days cycle but until now (April10) my period didn't came back.

May 06, 2016
by: Anonymous

So I have been breastfeeding my son for eight months. My period came back instantly after I had him, but he is down to one feeding a day and night feeding. My period is one month late... I'm so afraid to take another test. They've all been negative, but my husband is convinced I'm pregnant. I'll update when I know for sure.

Jul 14, 2016
Pregnant or screwy hormones?
by: Anonymous

My son is about to be 7months this month, we introduced solids the beginning of month six.

I exclusively breast feed and had my period return when my son was 3 months. My period came on the 9th of May and again on the 9th of June, this month nothing and it's now about to be the 15th of July.

I took a 3 pregnancy tests: one on July 4th, one on July 10th and another today all in which say NEGATIVE!

I have sight cramps but no other symptoms. I'm heart broken and refuse to test again.

What's going on? Why would my period just skip this month without any good reason? 😿

May 28, 2017
not ready yet for another pregnancy
by: Anonymous

My son is 8 months I started seeing my period 3months after birth.

im 28days circle. suddenly it changes to 35days. I had sex with my husband after which I haven't seen my period this month after 40days what should I do, because we not ready yet for another pregnancy.

Aug 27, 2017
Period missed
by: Anonymously

I have a 8 month old daughter and am giving her breast not bottle.

She spends much more time breastfeeding at night.

My first period returned after 3 months, but after that it continued coming until 6 months

Now at 8 months my period didn't come.

Is this normal?

I'm waiting for reply. If anyone can help, is it possible that one period can skip while breastfeeding?

Sep 07, 2017
Hi Anonymously
by: Tracy


Yes, you can skip periods while breastfeeding.

Dec 03, 2017
Not ready for another pregnancy
by: Anonymous

I delivered my child last sept 20th, and my bleeding stopped, but in the first week of November I bled again and then it stopped, but after we had sex on Nov 9 I bled again I'm breastfeeding.

My question is this, it's Dec 3rd right now, why haven't I had my menstruation yet.

Jan 13, 2018
by: Anonymous

My baby is 4 1/2 months old i never got a period since the after birth bleeding she is exclusively breast fed im so scared, i really cant afford another baby right now, i haven't taken a test yet. Im on birth control but not having a period at all has got me scared please is this normal?

Mar 08, 2018
I'm afraid because I had a c section
by: Anonymous

My period came when my son was just 10 months,it came 6 of January. This month nothing and it about to be March 9. I took a 3 pregnancy tests:one on February 26,one on March 2 and another today all in which say negative.
I have sight cramps but no other symptoms. I'm heart broken and refuse to test again. It is normal?

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Missed Period while Breastfeeding

by Janice
(Ontario, Canada)

My son is almost 10 months old, & I am nursing him exclusively (he won't take a bottle or even a pacifier).

I waited until he was 6 months before I started him on solids, but my period returned about 2 months after he was born, & I have experienced regular monthly periods since. However, my last period was in November, so I have not had a period now in almost 4 months.

I have taken 2 home pregnancy tests, both of which were negative. Is this normal? I'm just wondering if I should see my doctor about the missed periods, or if this is common while breastfeeding. Thanks!

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Mar 18, 2011
missed periods while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

Hi Janice

It is perfectly normal to have irregular periods and missed periods while you are breastfeeding. This is because of the hormones that are produced at different levels.

Every woman's body responds differently to the hormonal changes and many ladies do experience irregular periods while nursing. The frequency of nursing will also determine whether you have a period.

The general rule though is that a missed period is considered more normal if:

- You are breastfeeding exclusively (no other foods, cereal)
- You are breastfeeding at least six times per day
- Breastfeeding at least every six hours at night
- Women who carry their babies around with them or who practice co-sleeping, also have higher levels of those hormones that might keep them from menstruating.

I think you should see your doctor just in case, its better to be safe than sorry...since your baby is not breastfeeding exclusively (he is eating solids)...the missed periods might indicate a different problem.

It's probably a good time now to also think of using some form of birth control.

- Read more on birth control while breastfeeding

- Read more on lactational amenorrhea here

Hope this helps ;-)

Jun 15, 2011
Me Too!
by: Sam

My baby is 8 months and is exclusively breastfed (no bottle) though on some solids now. I got my period exactly when he was 6 months and then again the month after around the same time. Now its the 8th month, the date has come and gone and no sign of a period.

I'm terrified of even the thought of another pregnancy. We do use protection but have not had many chances in the last months. Still, it takes only the one time to get pregnant. Reading these posts is reassuring to know its normal. I am too scared to get a home pregnancy test just yet.

Sep 13, 2011
Missed period while breastfeeding
by: Catsie

I had the exact same thing happen to me! I have a 9 month old baby who I breastfeed. My period came back when he was 4 months old and has been regular up until now. I took a pregnancy test and it was negative though.

May 15, 2012
missed period while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

I bled for 6 weeks after my son was born and it stopped then around the time I usually get my period I got it in February he was just over 2 months old and he is almost 4 months and I haven't had a period since but I breastfeed all night and suppliment formula in between breastfeeding so the pattern is breast bottle breast bottle but I'm a little worried about being pregnant

I did get cramps around the time I usually get my period but no sign I took 6 pregnancy tests and all were negative ... But I had the same thing happen when I got pregnant with my son I took test after test for 3 months before it finally came out positive we thought we were 9 weeks but the ultrasound said I was 3 months along !

So I'm a little worried we do use protection every time but there is always that 1% chance it didn't work any advice?

Aug 10, 2014
missed period while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

My baby is 3 months old, I am exclusively breastfeeding, I saw my period 6 weeks after he was born. I saw my period last in july and the following month,I had premenstral symptom but no period. Could it be that i am pregnant?

Aug 21, 2014
stopped breast feeding and still haven't had a period
by: Anonymous

I had my daughter in March and had my period for about 4weeks but thats it. And i havent seen it since i was breastfeeding my daughter for three months after she was born. I'm not breastfeeding any more and i haven't had a period..what is going on an i pregnant? ??

Nov 26, 2014
missed period while breastfeeding
by: abegail yu

Hi! Im exclusively breastfeeding my 4 months old baby. I got a period 1 month after i deliver but is just a bit of blood. Then now i missed my period. It is possible that im pregnant. Please help.

Jun 08, 2015
Omg!! Thank goodness!!
by: Yessi girl

I am exclusively breast feeding my 10 and a half month old baby and I started getting my period after like the 3rd month and they have been coming on and off so I was starting to get a little worried because I didn't get it this month again !! But i feel so much better now after reading this !!

Mar 25, 2016
Missed period
by: Anonymous

My son is 13 months old and is still nursing, I experienced period the first month he was born ( I was on injection) for the first three months I had periods regularly. After the injection was expired, I missed four months and wasn't taking precautions I tested for pregnancy it was negative after that it came back but it was small drops now it has been two months ever since I had period, my son only nurse at night and he suck the whole night, is this normal?

Nov 03, 2016
missed periods
by: Anonymous

I have a 1year and 3months old boy, i'm still breast feeding him, even though he is now eating almost every solid food.

I started my periods When he turned 8months. last month I missed my period, I decided to take a pregnant test, even I was sure, I wouldnt be pregnant, it was negtive..is this normal or there might be something wrong with my body, i'm not sick though, but i'm curious.

Dec 08, 2016
Preg or not
by: Anonymous

My baby is 15 months now and I had my period after one year after she was born.

I had 2 cycles... the last two months I have missed my period. I have a history of irregular periods and have done preg test at home, which is negative. Is it normal?

Dec 29, 2016
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had my baby in September and had regular periods but it's super late for December.

I'm breastfeeding exclusively, anyway and I'm spotting but no regular blood flow. I'm worried could I be pregnant??

Jan 22, 2017
No periods, cramping and white discharge
by: Anonymous

My baby is 3 months old and exclusively on bfing I have been experiencing cramps and white discharge but no periods it's been one week late and have negative result on hpt ? Is that I m still pregnant

Jun 19, 2017
by: Anonymous

So Saturday I had sex it was unprotected ..I just had my daughter on April 29th I was breast feeding and stopped and still, hasnt come .. when would it come ??? I'm freaking out and hes fixed but how do I know

Jun 19, 2017
by: Anonymous

When should I take a test?
I had my daughter on April 29th ,2017.I was breast feeding until 2 week ago.

I had sex on Saturday night without protection, he said he's fixed ..when should I get my period?

Jun 19, 2017
prevent an unwanted pregnancy
by: Tracy

Hi Anonymous

A pregnancy test will only be accurate four days after the missed period date, BUT your periods have not yet started?

It takes a while for your hormones to kick in, and for your first period to return after ending the breastfeeding relationship. It may even take another two months before you see your first period.

Please do be advised though - your fertility is bound to return and the absence of a period does not necessarily mean that you are infertile.

Please take precautions when intimate, to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

Apr 26, 2018
On a panic mode
by: Anonymous

My baby is 6 months now. Had protected sex in December and got my periods December and January, it since has stopped. I am currently breastfeeding and I'm scared I might be expecting and too scared to take a test

Apr 29, 2018
Re- On a panic mode
by: Tracy


If you had a period in January and you only had sex in December, then as far as I know you cannot be pregnant. You will usually not bleed after conception has taken place. The only time you might bleed is at three months, when the baby attaches itself firmly to the womb (or obviously if you have had a miscarriage).

So, no I do not think you are pregnant.

May 20, 2018
by: Anonymous

Hi i have a 8 months old baby which is turning on to nine months at the end of may. I am a fully breastfeed mom (no bottle) I dont have a period after giving birth. Except of Bleeding after birth almost one and a half months after that i missed my period until now my baby is going to nine months. Is it normal to missed my period? i am regularly breastfeed my baby thw whole day. I Hope you read it thanks

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