AF back already! :(
Anyone else have something similar?
STLmama, so sorry, that really sinks. Ana eats constantly too, so I was majorly bummed when I saw that bleeding. It sounds like you're a wonderful mother, it's not punishment for that! Hugs!!
I have not officially started AF but I have experienced some brown spotting off and on for the past week or two. I am just waiting to see if it turns into a full blown period. I have always had my first AF around the 6 month mark with my other two. This would be early and a bummer. No AF is one of the greatest side effects of EBF. Hoping she stays away for a couple more months and this is just a fluke!
With my first, I had one day of spotting around 6 months pp and then nothing until 11 months. I'm on 4 months right now and hope to make it to 11 months again. I've gotten in back at 11, 11 and then 8 months (my 3rd son was teething and used to bite me constantly and I think I just didn't nurse him enough or for long enough durations to keep it away longer than 8 months).
I have no BC plans and this is our last so I'd love for it to go away forever!
I honestly think genetics play a big role. I've had the opposite experience, particularly with my first, who was supplemented her first year with bottles due to extenuating circumstances. She also flat refused to co-sleep (she would cry in our bed until we laid her in her own cot, then she'd snuggle down and go right off to sleep). I was also experiencing severe ppd after her birth which led to most of the bottles she got being given by dh in the night to lessen the impact of sleep deprivation on my ppd, so not an awful lot of night nursing. In spite of all that, my period did not return until 11 months pp. I can no more take "credit" for that than you can take "blame" for yours returning so soon. The rest of my kids were EBF and extended BF and all co-slept, but they all started solids at 5-6 months (by their choice, helping themselves to my plate) and the return of my period ranged from 14 months pp up to 22 months pp. It's nice having a long break from AF but, for me, it's a double-edged sword because, until my period returns, there is simply no budging the weight which I gain with BF (never have any leftover pregnancy weight, I gain it all while BF!). So, I end up looking forward to AF's return so that I can finally ditch the extra weight!
I used to think of it as a luxury that mine don't come back until 13 to 22 months pp--except I can't budge much weight until they do. Which can then make me feel impatient. But this time round, I'm thinking it's crucial they stay away. I'm so hell bent on having another when I know darn right well we can't/shouldn't, that I'd end up pregnant again before the year is out! So this enforced infertility is (hopefully!) giving me time to come to my senses.....