DS in 17 mo and I'm wondering if I should be concerned that AF hasn't returned yet. He nurses about two or three times in 24 hours.
Should I see my doctor or is this normal?
I wouldn't be worried at all. Some women don't get it back until baby weans. Mine were all 14-20 months old when it returned. But I had been tandem nursing, and my period didn't come back until the older one weaned. Also, even when it returns, the cycle may not be regular for a while, and you may or may not ovulate.
14 months is average. I got mine the week my son turned 2. He'll be 3 next month and I'm having fertility issues even though I get my period every month and am ovulating. My son currently nurses twice a day on weekdays and a little more on weekends. I'm sure it's due to the breastfeeding which I suspect is causing low progesterone.
Are you concerned because it's been so long, or because you are looking to get pregnant again?
I'm not an expert, but based on what I was told by a doula friend and found online when I was concerned at the beginning of the year, I don't think it's anything to worry about. My first PPP came when my son was 14 mo, but I really think it just depends on your body and how sensitive you are to the hormones. Some women just don't get their AF until they stop breastfeeding altogether.
I wouldn't be worried, unless you want to start TTC again.
I got mine back at 19 pp (nursing on demand and still pretty often and co-sleeping). I have had 3 cycles so far, I think I ovulate on random days (not predictable) and get af 10 days after (short lp due to bf I believe). DD now nurses more often and longer. I took Vitex for about 2 weeks before ppaf came. Not sure if Vitex did the trick or if it was coming either way.
I got mine back at 26 months, and admittedly was starting to wonder when it was coming! However, my midwife told me that it was normal given how much my daughter nurses (a lot!). I was really relieved because we are thinking about TTC, but I didn't want to have to wean, or night wean, or something similar to get my fertility back. In hindsight, I'm glad I didn't do anything in the direction of mother led weaning because I got my period back anyway. Yay.T
The point being there is a wide range of normal.