My postpartum bleeding was pretty light, tapered off quickly, and stopped after about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks. Yesterday (3 weeks 5 days postpartum) I started bleeding again. It's not heavy bleeding at all, but it is mostly bright red. Is it normal for postpartum bleeding to stop for 5-7 days and then start up again? I don't have any symptoms of hemorrhaging. Could this be menstruation? I'm breastfeeding/pumping and bottle feeding (my baby has been having lots of trouble breastfeeding - see my posts on the Breastfeeding forum). She has not received any formula supplementation, though - only my pumped milk in a bottle. And I'm pumping enough to have a good start on a freezer stash.
Postpartum bleeding or return of menstruation?
It sounds like your period. A similar thing happened to me this time and I'd be interested what others have to say about it. I had light bleeding for a few weeks PP and it stopped for about a week or so. Then I started bleeding again, bright red, for nearly 2 weeks! I asked my midwife about it and she said it sounded like my period and that the first period PP was sometimes heavier than your normal period. Sigh. I was hoping to not get it for another 9 months.
I don't think it sounds like a period- I have bled sometimes for up t0 5 weeks PP- start/stop bleeding and such and never got a period/start ovulating (actually I didn't get one for 15 years straight due to nursing/I kept getting pregnant the first cycle I would ovulate) until my toddlers were 3 years old (due to nursing- I know that's unusual and the other end of the spectrum).
My midwife would say you are most likely doing too much and the bleeding restarted from placental site. It's rare for someone to get a period this early PP when nursing but it does happen to some women.