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View Poll Results: What month did your period return while breastfeeding?
Less than 3 months 23 18.11%
4 months 10 7.87%
5 months 6 4.72%
6 months 7 5.51%
7 months 1 0.79%
8 months 5 3.94%
9 months 11 8.66%
10 months 5 3.94%
11 months 5 3.94%
12 months 4 3.15%
13 months 3 2.36%
14 months 4 3.15%
15 months 4 3.15%
16 months 3 2.36%
More than 16 months 36 28.35%
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:09 AM
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6 months which I was a little PO'd at considering my son had nursed his way from 7.5 lbs to over 25lbs in the same space of time.

One nibble on a piece of sweet potato at 6 months and the flood gates opened.

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Old 03-18-2010, 01:15 AM
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27 mos. Then I had 3 periods in 2 months. Urgh.

DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.

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I was hoping for a nice long break from it, but no such luck. With ds it was 5 months, dd 5 months again, and then when I was tandem nursing 2 dd's, it came back when the baby was 6 months old.

With all three I was breastfeeding around the clock, no pacifiers or solids, big healthy breastfed babies - didn't seem to make much difference for me
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I voted 5 months for ds since I went right back on depo 3 weeks after dd was born I dont know when af would have shown up.

Ds was fed on demand, no paci, co slept didnt start solids until 6+ months.

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Lil' Man is 20 months old, and still no sign of AF's return.

With my other two extended BFers, it was 18 months (for both).

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Thanks you all. I enjoyed your responses. I wish now I could have made the chart multiple choice as many of you have multiple kids. Yeah, I cosleep too feeding every 2 to 4 hours at night and all day. DS hardly likes food. Now that he's had the experience of food, it seems like he looks at me as I try to offer him solids,

"Yeah right mommy. No way you are getting that down my throat. I know where the good stuff is. You're my food and that's final."

He will eat solids for dad, but not if I'm around.

So, yes, I was grumpy because I'm obviously giving him tons of milk. But, now I'm more accepting seeing that 8 months seems to be an average time and now I know many of you are in the same boat.

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About 18 months for the first two, and about 16 months for number 3.
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#1: Had to wean at 2.5 months because I had a medical problem. Got AF a month later.

#2: I am at 25 months and no cycle so far. I just nightweaned dd about 2 months ago though and I just started setting nursing limits trying to wean her in the near future.

I do wonder if I will just get pregnant before I ever have a peroid.

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First one came at about 6 months. Next one was about 2 months later. This has been a strange year!

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I didn't vote because I'm 13 months and waiting...

Is there any relationship to how heavy/light/long/short AF is normally to when she returns PP? I'm ready for her to return because the wait is killing me.

ETA: It also feels rediculous to answer the question "first day of your last period?" with "April 2008...."

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A year the first time, although I also had a period at 10 months, but not one at 11 months.

Four months the second time.
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AF showed up the day baby girl turned 9 months. It's been 32 days since, no sign of AF this month....
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Had one at 11 months. A couple sporadic "spottings" made me wonder what was going on...never did get into a regular "X amount of days" cycle again...because I got a BFP Babes will be two years (possibly to the day) apart

NFP while nursing and with sporadic periods....bad idea if you're trying to not conceive

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30 months PP !

Amazing how I started gaining weight at this point, even breastfeeding at the same rate as before.
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w/ ds1 12mo. and regular
w/ds2 8 mo. and a little irregular

AND, w/ ds2, I was even still nursing ds1 as well...
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With my first 3 babies I got it back around 6ish months and it was irregular until they were around 10-12 months.

With baby #4 I got it at 8 weeks He's exclusively BF, no pacis, cosleeps, etc. I wasn't sure when I had the one at 8 weeks, although it totally felt like a period vs pp bleeding. I was sure though when I had the same thing happen 34 days later following my normal PMS symptoms. He sleeps really well, I'm pretty sure thats why.

We practice NFP so I have started charting again as my DH doesn't want any more. I had hoped we'd be able to use LAM for awhile before deciding on anything permanent because honestly I'm not 100% sure about being done.

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About 5 mos PP with dd.
I always chalked it up to the low milk supply problems I had, but I have another friend who had supply probs with her first as well and hers didn't come back for a long, long time.

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6 months with dd - despite being the only thing she sucked on ( and co-sleeping, babywearing, with her 24/7)
So far ds is 8 months and no sign. Tandem feeding, but I have been WOH - pumping once an 8 hour shift.

Dd was never a frequent feeder though (as a baby - she is now!).
Interestingly, I had the opposite experience to Franci - the weight just flew off once I got my period back with dd. I had about 6 PP periods and then got pregnant with ds and by that time I was noticeably under my pre-preg weight.
So far, the weight hasn't been dropping off as quickly - although I'm at my 'usual adult weight'. I do find I am waaay hungrier feeding 2 though.

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34 months PP.

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Old 03-20-2010, 11:07 AM
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19 mos PP, after nightweaning.

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Old 03-20-2010, 10:37 PM
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First baby: 9 months, conceived 2nd baby after one period
Second baby: around 12 months, conceived and miscarried when she was 16 months old
Third baby: Would have started when she was 12 months. Never had a period, "caught the first egg" and conceived baby #4
Fourth baby: He will be eight months on the 6th, no period in sight.

I haven't had AF since March 2007!
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Old 03-20-2010, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by major_mama11 View Post
#1- 9 mos
#2- 10 mos

Both times, it came back a few weeks after I picked up more hours away from them at work or school.

Makes me wonder how long af would stay away if I was able to be with them 24/7 even as they got older...
I don't know. I got my period back when dd#1 was 9 months old and I was exclusively bf a lot. She was eating very small amounts of solids (she had significant food allergies so I was still nursing a lot since it was something she could eat safely). I also wasn't working outside of the home.

She was also a very high needs baby who was nearly impossible to sooth, so I nursed her a ton since it calmed her and she couldn't scream with a breast in her mouth -- lol! She went from 8lbs.1oz. at birth to nearly 12 lbs at two weeks and kept gaining at a quick clip. She was huge at one, although is a skinny little thing as an older kid.
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It certainly varies from woman to woman, but it is SUCH a misconception that simple EBF does much to space babies. ECOLOGICAL BF with complete child led weaning (which means after 2) spaces babies: Pacis & Sippys totally interfere as much as cribs & bottles, IMO. Seperations & babysitters play a role too. Just b/c a baby doesn't take formula doesn't mean that AF will stay away. I am not saying that there is one way to BF or to mother, but biologically, there is one way to get AF to stay away for as long as possible.

AF was gone for 2 solid years for us, we are still nursing at 3.9 years and AF has been very regular since returning.

I would link to the 7 EcoBF principles but my computer is super slow. You can find them thru Google tho.
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17.5 months (I think), despite working 60-80 hours/week from 8 weeks on. Guess my pump was awesome.... I finally cut out my lunchtime pumping at about 15 months. We coslept/night nursed a lot.
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