I was looking forward to having a natural form of birth control included in extended breastfeeding. Now I have my period! My baby was born early August and I just got it a couple days ago.
I started around 5 months old, letting him grab things off my plate to mouth ... he never actually swallowed anything ... I did it so rarely that it couldn't be considered him having food.
I haven't changed anything.
That's not at all unusual. There is a wide range of when cycles return while exclusively breastfeeding.
Once solids are introduced, breastfeeding cannot be relied on as birth control.
My cycle returned at 4.5 months postpartum with my first, despite exclusive breastfeeding and him not sleeping through the night, and right at 12 months with my second, who was exclusively breastfed with the exception of a few solids she would agree to once in a while at that point.
Consider yourself lucky! I'm exclusively breastfeeding and was nursing my son every 1.5 hours when I got my period at 9 weeks.
The six months this is just an average, not a guarantee.