when did you get your first postpartum period? - Mothering Forums

View Poll Results: when did you get your first postpartum period?
0-3 months 42 10.07%
4-7 months 75 17.99%
8-11 months 95 22.78%
12-14 months 61 14.63%
15-19 months 80 19.18%
20 months or more 64 15.35%
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#1 of 133 Old 12-17-2001, 03:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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okay, a poll. dd is 13.5 mos. old, still BFing like a newborn (almost!) and i still haven't had my period (counting pregnancy, it'll be 2 years since i've had a period on jan. 26th!)

so how long did you go without your period after you had your babe/s?

if you went 20 months or longer, please say how many months you went.

i'm starting to get a little worried and i just need a reality check.
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whaah - you're just lucky! I heard so many wonderful stories like yours but alas - with Ben and Max I had lochia for 6 weeks and got a period at 8 weeks!! and with Jake I had lochia for 4 weeks and got a period at 12 weeks (got a little break there LOL)

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I got it back at 6 months PP with my daughter.

and 14 months with my twins.

I must admit tht I was bummed both times! I thought for sure, nursing as much as my dd did, I should have gone a year! And while 14 months with the boys seems nice....I was nursing two! I think I should have gone a year. *sigh* Oh well. :
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Hi Momacat! I love your website!!

I'm Andrea - I have three boys - 12 year old twins & an 11 year old

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I didn't vote because I still don't have it back. DD is 15.5 months.

Sweet Bunny's Mama, don't worry. Totally normal!! Lots of people go even more than 2 yrs!!
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17 months and like a clock every 20 days since!
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My ds was 18 mo. when I got my 1st period. He weaned himself at 20 mo . My dear friend, didn't get hers back until her ds was over 2 yo.!

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With my first child-he was 27 months.
2nd child-22 months.
3rd child -15 months.
A book called Breastfeeding & Natural Child spacing had a list of 7 things you need to be doing to keep period free for as long as your body lets you!(people are different)
One was a daily nap /nursing your child(you napping along with your child).When I stopped naps due to company with me for a week,I got my period back in 2 weeks.

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Thanks flminivanmama!
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My son weaned at 10 1/2 months and I got it back 3 weeks later.

My daughter who has been nursing for 5 years. Mine returned 2 weeks after I stopped pumping at work. 17 months
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With most of my kids I got it back at 8.5mo. This time I am still waiting for it to return and the baby is 11mo already. I am hoping it will return soon!
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I got mine exactly 24 months after the twins were born and got pregnant two weeks later!:
It took me 18 months to get pregnant with the twins. Go figure.

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Momacat, I think your site is great, too! I wish I had known about it before I had the twins!

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i wish i could enjoy this infertile time, but dh doesn't trust that i'm not fertile, even tho i haven't had a period ( he thinks it could come on any day and doesn't want ot chance getting pg before we're ready, and before dd is ready), so we're still using the f_@&*^g diaphragm for sex. and i hate it.

i guess i won't worry about it til we want to TTC again (in august) so dd will be 22 mos. then. if it doesn't come before thjat i know my homeopath can do it naturally and gently (a friend of mine took sepia and her period returned)

keep the answers coming, i'm really getting comforted here knowing folks have gone longer than me.
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Hey bunny's mama, check this thread out, too!


I wish I'd been like you. 5 months was it for me, but I've heard from several happy moms who went much longer
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I went 21 months with ds, and 16 months with dd.

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ds...3mo.
dd...15mo.
ds#2...21mo. but I am tandum nursing and I think that helped,it returned 2 weeks after dd night weaned.

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Hi, 3 little birds! Thanks so much!

I have a friend in real life who needed help to conceive...They had tried for almost two years, before conceiving her twins....She nursed them until they were around 25-26 months....A month or two later, she was Pregnant! What a wonderful surprise for them! Her new baby was almost born on the twins third birthday!
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I became pregnant while bf my 1st withOUT ever having a period.
My 1st was 1 yr old when I became preg. I nursed thru the preg. and then tandem nursed, finally got a period when 2nd child was 14 months. So I was period free for nearly 4 years!! Still bf babe #3, period started when he was 27 months!! My midwife told me night time nursing helps keep periods away.
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My periods returned when my son was just about 38 months old - that's right, he was 3yo!!! I had gotten very concerned by the time he turned 3 and sent a note to the Couple to Couple League (www.ccli.org) and asked them if I was normal or if I should be worried about it. They wrote back and told me that, although it was unusual, I was at the high end of the normal range (don't remember how high it goes). Just a couple of months later my first period appeared. My sister went over 2 years (don't remember how many months).

I think there are several factors that determine when our periods return. My friend was nursing far more often than I was and her periods returned when her son was 18 months. It's possible that genetics plays a part in it, since my sister and I both went so long. We don't have any family history of extended nursing (my siblings and I got six weeks each - pretty good for the 60s) so we don't have any way to find out if it runs in our family - until my niece grows up.
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If your babe is nursing often throughout the night your period will be slow to return, and that is very common. My daughter was 16 mos. when mine returned. She had slowed down on her night feedings only waking acouple times aweek at about 14.5 mos. Enjoy...and think of the money you are saving!
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I feel I have to comment here about the nursing through the night posts......Not everyone who nurses through the night will experience *long* delays in the return of menses. I am a prime example of the early side....My first born stayed latched through out the entire night for just about her first year of life....and I had my period return when she was 6 months old. After my twins were born, I used to nurse them sitting up, all night long in the beginning.....As they grew, they would half sit on each side of me so that they could stay latched through out the night. My period returned at 14 months....and I was actually nursing Three at that point.

I just felt the need to comment here, since not *everyone* is lucky enough to experience such a long delay, even with a lot of night nursing.
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I didn't mean to speak for *everyone* out there, I guess I should watch how I phrase things. I should have said that I had that experience and she MAY be the same.
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That's okay, apmommy. I just didn't want anyone to feel like they had messed up with night nursing, or that they had been doing it wrong, if they had their cycle return on the early side.
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I went 22 months with my dd. Since I began again I've been very irregular. I've noticed that if she goes on a nursing spree (especially at night) my period will be a few days late. :
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Jazmonnie, what were the other 7 ways to be period free? I am at 12 months and would love to know . . .thanks.
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Got my period back at 21 months (6 weeks ago). I'm still waiting for the next one. I guess it would be okay if I was pregnant. I wanted 3 years spacing, but I think we're close enough. We'll see what happens.

We're still night nursing and nursing all day. Nothing really changed.
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Almost 19 months after DD was born for me. It was kinda hard to get back into the swing of things after all that time. Ahh, but such is life.

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My period returned with the cessation of pumping with all three of my sons.

Oh well. At least I continued to nurse !
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Now if this isn't strange. I just got my period back a couple weeks ago. My ds was 14.5 months. My older ds is 3.5. I had four periods between children so that makes four periods in nearly 4.5 years. Here is the bizarre thing - I got my period back with my second child within two or three days of when I got it back with my first. I guess if nothing else, I'm consistent .
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