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For those who have EBF 2+ kids, Did your cycle come back at the same time?

Poll Results: Did you cycle return at the same time PP?

Poll expired: Apr 26, 2010  
  • 35% (21)
    Yes, it returned about the same time with all kids (within 1mo)
  • 18% (11)
    No, it returned much LATER with subsequent kids (2+ mo)
  • 32% (19)
    No, it returned much EARLIER with subsequent kids (2+ mo)
  • 13% (8)
    Other, because everyone needs an other!
59 Total Votes  
post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
Hello all, I was just wondering if most people have their cycle return at the same time pp with each child?

My period returned right at 12mo pp the first time around. We want to have another baby, but not until at least 12mo pp. I'm really wondering if we should start trying to prevent for the next few months or not. (I know that there aren't any guarantees).
post #2 of 40
About the same time. Five months for DS and four and a half months for DD. I'd say if you don't want to get pregnant it's better to be on the safe side and use some sort of prevention, you can ovulate before your first PPAF as that is what happened to me with both children.
post #3 of 40
My cycle resumed many months earlier with my first - but then again she wasn't the avid nurser that my 2nd was.

FWIW I think AF came after 10 months the first time and after 16 months the 2nd time.
post #4 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by pianojazzgirl View Post
My cycle resumed many months earlier with my first - but then again she wasn't the avid nurser that my 2nd was.

FWIW I think AF came after 10 months the first time and after 16 months the 2nd time.
My second was earlier--but she started going 5+ hour stretches at night much earlier and I assumed that was why. So for me it was 11 months, 7 months, 9 months.

I really like the book Garden of Fertility by Kate Singer--I read it after my cycle had resumed after baby #3 but it had a lot of information that would be nice soon after your baby is born. Like, how to keep your cf dry for longer to keep fertility from resuming and also how to try to bring back af so that you can start reading your fertility signs more reliably. There's also lots of threads on this topic in the fertility forum.
post #5 of 40
I voted in the much later category, but I don't really feel it was much later. With DS it returned at 7 months, with DD it returned at 9 months, so 2 months later, but with DD I was also tandem nursing since both DS and DD were nursing at the time. So I am not sure if it would have returned earlier if it was just DD nursing or not.
post #6 of 40
DS1 was 12 months. DS2 was 5 months, total bummer for me. DS2 is a much "better" sleeper though, so I try not to complain.
post #7 of 40
I got it back when DS1 was around 12 months old. I was pumping for him at work at the time, and dropped a session which I believe is the reason for it returning.

DS2 is 15 months and it has not returned. He has started sleeping a bit more in the evening so I'm wondering if that will bring it back. I hope not.
post #8 of 40
Same for me. 1 day shy of 6 months for DD and 3 days after for DS. Tandem feeding only bought me another four days. Mightily peeved here.
post #9 of 40
12 months with #1, but only about one month with #2. Huge difference.
post #10 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by mamazee View Post
12 months with #1, but only about one month with #2. Huge difference.
I about the same as you

14 months with #1, then around 3/4 months with #2. #2 was and still is nursing multiple times during the night.
post #11 of 40
DS1 = 15 mo
DS2 = 9 mo
DD is 8 mo & no definite signs yet

They are all pretty different nursers, though. DS1 was all-boob, all-the-time. DS2 was so distractible I could hardly get him to stay latched for 5 minutes at a time. DD is somewhere in between, so I'm anticipating that my cycle will come back somewhere in between 9 mo and 15 mo.
post #12 of 40
this time was my longest, even though she wasn't ebf at first (preemie, nicu 17 days, came home 100% bottle fed my bmilk).

#1 ebf until 2 1/2 mos, af back at 8 wks pp
#2 ebf until 6 mos, af back at 6 wks pp
#3 ep until 6 mos, af back at ~8 wks pp (not entirely sure...he was in nicu 35 days)
#4 ebf until 6 mos, af back at 9 wks pp
#5 ep for 6 wks, ebf until 6 mos, af back at 11 1/2 wks pp
post #13 of 40
DS1 it came at 9 months pp...

DS2 I *swear* I had a period at 2 months pp (actually, 8 wks, almost to the hour since DS was born...). But then I had nothing untill 4 days ago (7.5 months) when I started again. DS2 is still more or less ebf, though he's had a few bites of solids off and on for the last month or so.
post #14 of 40
After DS was born I conceived DD without having had a period (surprise!)- I was about 12 months postpartum. This time around AF returned at 6 months postpartum, even though I am BFing around the clock!
post #15 of 40
Thread Starter 
Well, it seems that I should start being a little more careful. My baby is still nursing several times at night, plus I pump about 10oz a day to donate, but it still doesn't seem guaranteed in any direction.
post #16 of 40
Wow, I'm surprised to see all these early returns of periods with exclusively bfed kiddos!

From what I have read, the average for people still nursing is 10(?) months. For moms who ecologically bfeed (no pacifiers, no bottles, night nursing is unrestricted...) the average is 14 months.

AF returned with DD (first child) at 11.5 months. She continued nursing at least every 1-2 hours around the clock until after she turned two (and we partially night weaned for 4-5 hours a night). AF returned with DS (second child) when he was 25 months. Still nursing around the clock.

Supposedly, on average, it takes longer to return with each subsequent child. That said, it also, on average, takes longer for women who are lighter (weight).
post #17 of 40
"Other" for me.

DS: 1st PPAF at ~8 months, he was exclusively BFd on demand night and day.

DD1: 1st PPAF at 5 months. She was exclusively BFd on demand night and day, tandem nursing with DS.

DD2: 1st PPAF just a couple days shy of 1 year. DD2 was nursing on demand around the clock, but was eating solids. Triandem nursed until DS weaned a few months past 4 years, still tandem nursing with DD1.

(Apparently my body thinks it's time to get pregnant again ~14-15 months post-partum, any birth control or other TTA methods be damned. )
post #18 of 40
15 months with DD, 16 months with DS.
post #19 of 40
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tracymom1 View Post
After DS was born I conceived DD without having had a period (surprise!)- I was about 12 months postpartum. This time around AF returned at 6 months postpartum, even though I am BFing around the clock!
This is what I would like! I want to see how many years I can go without a period.. ha ha. Yet, I don't want to get pregnant right now.
post #20 of 40
All four times, my cycle returned right around a year post-partum. It didn't matter if I was weaning (like with my first), or tandem nursing (like I did with my 3rd and 4th baby). It always came back right around then - with no correlation to them sleeping through the night, either. My first was sleeping all night at 10 weeks, my 3rd was up nursing frequently (with his younger brother) until he was 3 years old.

I guess that's just when my fertility returns.
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