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How long until AF returned for you?

Poll Results: How many months postpartum did AF return for you?

 
  • 12% (26)
    Around 2 months (average length for non-bf mamas)
  • 11% (25)
    3-5 months
  • 5% (11)
    6 months (average age solid foods are introduced)
  • 9% (19)
    7-8 months
  • 5% (12)
    9 months (the whole 9 up, 9 down therory)
  • 12% (26)
    10-12 months
  • 18% (39)
    13-15 months
  • 12% (27)
    16-18 months
  • 4% (9)
    19-21 months
  • 4% (9)
    22-24 months
  • 1% (4)
    25-30 months (average age for self-weaning)
  • 1% (4)
    After 30 months
211 Total Votes  
post #1 of 75
Thread Starter 
Just wondering how long it took AF to return for a variety of mamas. I'm still AF free at 7 months and hoping for many more!

Edited for explanation and apology

In hindsight, I see that I made a few mistakes when creating this poll

1. Please assume the "Around 2 months" option to mean "2 months and prior"... I had no idea so many mamas got their periods back so soon! This poll has been very educational! I apologize for not representing you.

2. If you have had more than one child, please vote based on your first pregnancy. I am a first time mom and totally didn't even think about multiple postpartum periods. I should have allowed multiple votes. I'm still in that "how could anyone go through this all again" phase, so I apologize for not recognizing mamas of more than one dc.

3. The paranthetical comments are simply statistics I read in literature. They were meant to spur conversation (which they have!), but not to offend or imply that you aren't breastfeeding when you indeed are. I see in the thread that many an on-demand bfing, co-sleeping, babywearing mama has gotten AF back quite early. I truly apologize if you were offended by the "average length for non-bf mama" comment.

That being said, I think it's extrememly interesting that so many of you have gotten AF back early despite bfing, bwing, co-sleeping, etc. I guess some women's fertility will not be supressed! I started this poll to see how much longer I might have AF free and it just goes to show that it's ultimately all in your genes.

Thanks for voting!
post #2 of 75
I didn't get a period until my daughter stopped nursing at 2 1/2 then I got pregnant the following month :
post #3 of 75
Didn't vote b/c I have more than one answer. After dd's birth, my cycle came back at 9 months post partum. (And I got pregnant 6 weeks later.) DS is 14 months old and my cycle just came back a couple days ago. I think tandem nursing pushed it back a bit.
post #4 of 75
Started some solids at 6 mos and PPAF came back right at 7 mos. Only had no AF while exclusively BF.
post #5 of 75
6 months, 13 months and 8 months respectively. I got the longest without AF when I was nursing a boobaholic. Shorter amount of time wiht the better sleepers.
post #6 of 75
I didn't even vote - I got mine back TWO WEEKS after giving birth. : I know that it was a period and not just leftover discharge because I have a regular as clockwork cycle, 28 days, 5 days of flow. On the day of my six week checkup I was on Day 1 of my second period postpartum.

I wasn't bf BUT I was pumping every two hours around the clock for well over a month after giving birth. Of course no milk ever came out while pumping but I was definitely getting the stimulation and trying to relactate...
post #7 of 75
With my dd, AF returned in 6.5 months and after ds it was about 8 months. I nursed on demand, with a little food from 5 months on.
post #8 of 75
I feel so cheated as AF returned for me w/both DS & DD at about 6 weeks postpartum. I was exclusively bf, cosleeping, no bottles, no pacifiers, AP, etc. I am evious of my friends who don't have a period for a year or more after their births.
post #9 of 75
Thread Starter 
Oh, I should've allowed multiple votes! I didn't even think about subsequent kids! Is there a way to edit a poll? Even if you've had more than one dc, please vote- just put down what happened with dc#1. And for those whose AF returned too soon (before 2 months), please vote for 2 months anyway (that's what the "around" was supposed to imply, but I should've said 2 months or prior).

Thanks!
post #10 of 75
Ecologically BF around the clock, delay solids till 10months to 1 year and AF has returned before two months with every baby.

with my fifth I was "lucky" to be irregular for the first 6months at least Though, that time it didn't matter since dh had had his vasectomy durring my pregnancy.
post #11 of 75
My ds2 will be 19 months in a couple of days and AF still hasn't stopped by for a "visit".

But he was 10 lbs 6 oz at birth, nurse voraciously immediately after birth and still nurses all. the. time.
post #12 of 75
I'm still waiting, but DS is only 6 months. From the responses, looks like I have a decent chance of having another 6 to go.
post #13 of 75
Quote:
Ecologically BF around the clock, delay solids till 10months to 1 year and AF has returned before two months with every baby.
thisis ME

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 7 weeks. : : despite EBF and nurseing more than every 90 minutes aroudn the clock all 7 weeks and despite baby wearing and co-sleeping. literaly the only time i was not in contact with him was shower time when DH held him .............. : : :

---------------------------he nursed like new born, 12+ times a day, at least, till past 19 months, then weaned in 2 months due to my pregancy..he still thinks about it though...and no solids till 11 months, and really 99,5% Momma Milk till month 18 -------------------------------

(oh and i cycled every 2 weeks for 6 months : : )

Aimee
post #14 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by dajones View Post
I feel so cheated as AF returned for me w/both DS & DD at about 6 weeks postpartum. I was exclusively bf, cosleeping, no bottles, no pacifiers, AP, etc. I am evious of my friends who don't have a period for a year or more after their births.
Me, too. My dd did use pacis, but trust me, she spent a LOT of time comfort nursing. I even got my period back six weeks after my ds was born, in spite of tandeming!

No fair.:
post #15 of 75
all 3 of my children were EBF'd (first 2 wouldn't even take a bottle of BM) and my moon returned at ~7-8 weeks each time. none of them were "sleeping through the night" either so i guess my body just works differently than most. lucky me....

edited to say that it doesn't look like i'm that much of the minority after reading the last few posts!
post #16 of 75
DD - 4 months

DS1 - 3.5 months

DS2 - 4 months

DS3 - long answer - right at 8 weeks I had a period for 4 days. 2 weeks later I had one for 5 days. 2 weeks after that for 10 days. then no period until 5 weeks after that (normal length). Then nothing since. The reason - he got his tongue-tie clipped at 11 weeks old and when my milk supply got back on track, my periods went away (besides that one normal one at 4 months). So really, now that he's 6.5 months, this is pretty good for me!
post #17 of 75
After dd1, it was 19 months, and this time, dd2 is 10.5 months and still no AF!
post #18 of 75
so I gave my answer for my youngest first-- more than 2.5 years
my 3 rd baby I think was about 24 months
#2 and #1 both were bout 6 months
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although my fertility may have been a bit different---
post #19 of 75
i voted 13-15 months.

dd is a boobaholic too we ebf until 8 mo or so, eco bf, co-sleep, no pacis, no bottles. i do have pcos and have never had regular cycles. i got pg the 2nd cycle i had after dd. hopefully with tandem nursing i won't have af for 18+ months this time.

i honestly think i wanted another babe just so i wouldn't cycle for 2 1/2 more years

i've never had regular periods and the two predictable ones after dd were just too much. i couldn't work (as usual) because of the heavy bleeding i always experience. although since dd i have very little cramping. i never had a period closer together than 3 mo, so every 32 days was too close for comfort
post #20 of 75
With DC #1 it came back at almost exactly 12 months PP. He nursed until he self-weaned at 18 months.

With DC #2 it came back at 13 months PP. She nursed until a week before her second birthday.

Jen
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