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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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#1 of 54 Old 03-16-2010, 01:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Day 1 of Aunt Flow at 8 months postpartum. I'm less than thrilled. I thought it would be longer off. How long was it before you got your period back?
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19 months when DS nightweaned. 8 Months? No fun, sorry.
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I got it back at 4 months with DS. Yup, 4 months, exclusively breastfeeding, not STTN...and he was 8 weeks premature, so I didn't even have a full year without a period!

So far I'm at 10.5 months with DD and AF has yet to return. Me likey.

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I got my first period around 11 months. Then nothing! Just got the next one at 15 months. We are down to nursing 2-3x a day now. I never thought I would say this but I'm kinda excited since we are thinking about #2 soon!

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6 months pp, practically to the day. I started pumping 2x a day when DD was 3 months because I WOTH.

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Baby 1: 6 months
Baby 2: 4 months (the baby passed away, but I was nursing baby 1 still)
Baby 3: (adopted, so not breastfeeding)
Baby 4: 13 months

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With my first I didn't see AF until 20months post partum.

DD2 just had her first birthday and still no AF.

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More than two years with Dd1. I got pregnant without having a period shortly after her second birthday. I miscarried that one and had three normal periods. Then I got pregnant with Dd2. I got my first PPAF at 18 months with her.

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#1 - 12 months
#2 - just a few weeks, like maybe 4 weeks. And she hadn't had a pacifier by that age, she slept with me and nursed at least sometimes at night (though she wasn't a bad sleeper, which might be why it came back so soon), and was breastfed 100% with no supplements.

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I got mine at 6 months almost to the day. That was with no nightweaning (so I didn't even get the comfort of "at least I'm getting more sleep"), no cut backs during the day, and we didn't start solids yet.

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#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...

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2 weeks first time
9 months second time

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DD is 8 months and not yet. AF is like a ticking time bomb...
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8.5 months, about a month or so after we started trying solids.

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Got my first pp af at 15 months and at 24 months my cycle is really long. Like 40-45 days. Of course I had a long cycle before pregnancy too, just not this long (around 32 days).

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ds1, woh ft, bf on lunch hour, night nursing but not cosleeping, lots of babywearing, and nursing on demand (2 bottles of expressed milk per day while i was working): 7 months.

ds2, woh ft, bf on lunch hour, cosleeping, less babywearing because he didn't love it, nursing on demand including cluster feeding in the evening because he wouldn't take a bottle: 14 months.

eta: it's interesting that many of the moms with more than one child had very different experiences from one child to the next.
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#1 - 17 mo
#2 - 8 mo
#3 - 17 mo
#4 - 16 mo


For me the biggest deciding factor is night nursing. The only time my cycle came back early was with the baby who slept through the night from birth. My cycle came back as soon as my older nursling stopped nursing at night (I was tandem nursing). The other 3 times it came back rather predictable in the 16-17 month range.


 

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I got mine back 12 weeks to the day with both kids. Very, very weird as I bf them till they were just past their 4yo BDs. Pure bm only till 12 months-no pacifier, coslept, the whole shebang.

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I said before 3 months, but really, not sure - had a light bleed at exactly 6 weeks PP and another 4 weeks after that. nothing like my pre-pregnancy AF's. and have had nothing since. I was nearly exclusively pumping for the first 7 weeks because I was engorged (and only lately realized the pumping probably did not help that too much!) and since I went back to work (WOH 2 days a week, WAH 3 days) at 7 weeks, he always nurses, only gets expressed milk on days I am in the office. I don't know since he is nursing more, and I am pumping less, if that has thrown a switch, or what? we are now 16 weeks PP. and have had nothing since 10 weeks (and that was light and lasted like a day and a half) don't know if that even counts as AF

So, AF is back, maybe, sort of, kinda in a way

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With the first 2, at 6 weeks pp. This time I started the minipill at 2 weeks pp to aviod it. It's been 7 weeks and so far so good.

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I BF exclusively and on demand. Both times it's been a few weeks after baby started going longer without nursing during the night. Even when they go back to nursing more in the night though, once my period is back, it's back to stay.

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With my oldest I had one around 4 months and then stopped again for a couple of months and then I got it again until I got pregnant with dd at around 15 months pp.

It has been longer after each baby and also I've had fewer periods between babies also. Between the last two I think I got it around 13mo pp and had 3 periods exactly 8 weeks apart and then got pregnant. Right now I am 15 months pp and no sign of it.

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we are now 16 weeks PP. and have had nothing since 10 weeks (and that was light and lasted like a day and a half) don't know if that even counts as AF
It is totally normal to bleed on and off for this amount of time pp or to have a second wave of pp bleeding.
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I practice physical contact with my babies as much as I can and until they are old enough to want to get down. I cosleep at night and at naps, or hold my sleeping baby at nap. I stay with my children all the time, only leaving occasionally for 1 hr to go to the grocery. My nipple is the only nipple, no pacis or bottles for either. With dd1 I returned to work (10 hr days, 4 days a week her dad stayed home instead) when she was 12 mo, I was actively sexual with dh at the time (I think this matters). I pumped twice a day while at work. I lost 12 lbs in the first three weeks back to work (only bar food there to eat) and my period returned at 14 mo. This time I am not leaving my baby and no sign of return and we are at almost 16 mo (I am also not actively sexual). oh also I was 33 with dd1, and am 39 now...

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It was around 7 or 8 months PP with DS, definitely no later. DD just turned 8 months yesterday and so far, no sign of AF.

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18 months PP with DS1.

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4 weeks PP with all 4 of my births. Always wished for the LAM but no such luck

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Five months pp, almost to the day. And it came back like clockwork, every 28 days since. Sucks, because I thought it would be a lot longer, especially since my son was still waking every few hours at night to nurse, and I had not introduced any solids at all.

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15 months pp with DD. I was thrilled since it was my first non medicated cycle in years. She still nurses once per night and a couple of times per day.
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4 weeks PP with all 4 of my births. Always wished for the LAM but no such luck
The same for me with both of mine, even with EBFing, no pacis, and co sleeping. I was also regular (every 30 days) immediately.

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4 weeks postpartum!!! Which I consider grossly unfair as I exclusively BF, nursed on demand, no pacifiers, co slept the first 6 months. My DD is nearly 2 and she still nurses a lot, but I've had my period the whole while! grrrrr
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