Was it nightweaning? Introducing solids? Pumping/being away from baby for a certain amount of time? Or just one of those random things? And how old was your LO at the time?
I'm interested to see!
Ben started sleeping in his own room (at the beginning of the night) when he was 6 months.
Started solids at 6 months.
He's 14 months old and we're still BFing...whenever he wants, most of the time now he'll sleep through the night without wanting to nurse.
I had my first PP AF when Ben was 13 months old, so I think it was just a random thing because there wasn't any drastic changes to his BFing schedule.
My now 2 yr old began STTN on her own at just 4 weeks old. I did ABSOLUTLY no sleep training at all. Actually, she was a coliky baby during the day, she usually started up around 4 or 5 pm and screamed almost constantly, only taking occasionally breaks to nurse for 5 to 10 minutes, until around midnight or 1 am. But then, she slept for at least 6 hours, and slowly extended that time, until she was sleeping from around midnight until around 10am. She was probably just exhausted from all the screaming. She stated this all around 4wks, my first pp AF showed at 8wks.
With my current dd, I may or may not have had AF yet. She STTN about 50% of the time. I had PP bleeding for about 6 wks, then 2wks later, some spotting that I thought was AF but it only lasted a day or two. Then I got a Depo shot, and about 6 wks after that (which was about 16 wks PP) I had 2wks of bleeding again. It could have been AF or it could have been breakthrough bleeding from the Depo. I have heard horror stories of 6+ weeks of bleeding from Depo (and will probably not be going back for my next injection.) So I don't know if I have had AF or not.
DS was 4.5 months and I'd started antibiotics that I had an allergic reaction to the day before. That seems a little far-fetched for a trigger, but I'm at a loss to otherwise explain it. He nursed at least every 2 hours at night and I pumped 3 times at work and he wasn't on any solids. The abx/allergy was the only sudden change.
I'm 7.5 months PP with DD and still no AF in sight. She's been STTN in her crib (8+ hours) since 3 weeks, started self-feeding solids at 4 months and regularly goes 3-4 hours between nursing during the day. The best explanation I have for the lack of AF this time is that I'm a SAHM and DD has never had a bottle or been spoon fed (she refuses both).
I just got my first pp AF back today, 5 months and 6 days after birth. It was totally random, I'm still nursing 3 times at night, co sleeping, and following all the ecological breastfeeding rules to the letter...all of them! So I'm kinda bummed it came back already and am hoping that I'll have a few non-fertile cycles before regulating.
Thanks for chiming in everyone!
Well, I think I was hoping this thread might help me figure out when to expect my own first pp AF, but clearly there seems to be a lot of variation out there! When I originally posted this, I was going back to school and worried that my absence (about 4 hour chunks at a time) and a few bottles a week might trigger it. It hasn't . . . .