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I just got my first period after the birth of my dd. She is just 5 months old. I was hoping I would be period free for a bit longer. I am still breastfeeding.

When did you all get your periods?
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My son is exclusively breastfed and I got it back in THREE months...
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I got mine 15m post partum.
But, it was a mixed blessing - I was constantly worried about an undetected pregnancy - because, well, I just didn't know when or if I was going to ovulate.

Also - I dont mind AF.


Edit: Still nursing.
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Exclusively BFing mothers, how old was your babe when your period resumed?
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im pretty sure i had mine the first week of march and my baby was just born on the 21st jan!!!!! wah

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DS is 5 1/2 months adn I have yet ot see AF. We aer EBF. With My other 2 AF returned around 9-10 months. And i got pregnant again at about 15 months.
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With my first 2 dd's I got it 4 months pp and was EBFing. My twins just turned one and I haven't gotten yet with them (although I do notice a monthly hormonal/super-emotional thing going on but no bleeding).

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6 weeks pp even though I was EBF'ing around the clock. :
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At almost 21 months I still have not had my period. Still nursing round the clock. But then, I'm 46 yrs old, so maybe I'm already in menopause and I just don't know it yet!

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6 weeks after my son was born - even with nursing lots at night.

It's irregular though. It's been about 8 weeks now without a period, and no chance I could be pregnant!
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DD2 is only 5 month old, I'm not expecting it for um, years. : I finally induced AF back when DD1 was 2.5 years old. BFing makes me pretty much infertile.

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EBF'ing 'round the clock, 1st baby, 39 yrs old - got AF back at 11 weeks pp : Oh well, we decided to TTC w/close spacing, so I was preg. again by the time DD was 5 1/2 months (so much for my hopes of using LAM as bc!)

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still waiting...DD is 12 mo old and she nurses constantly

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I got mine exactly at 6 mo. then haven't again. I guess irregularity is typical. I was freaking out so I took a test yesterday but it came back neg. whew! My friend who is in a midmifery masters at yale said hers didn't come back til 21 months so, who knows : )

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4 months this time, EBF my baby and nursing my two year old round the clock. i could almost say he is EBF too, but he did have about a quarter of a cup of yogurt yesterday. it was somewhere around there with my other two.
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DD is exclusively BF. She is 4 months old today.

I've already had TWO periods, and I'm ovulating likely either today or tomorrow if I had to guess, so by 4.5 months, I'll be on my THIRD post-partum period.

Very annoying, but it's been like this after all three of my pregnancies.
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The week my ds turned 5mo af came back and has drove me insain since then. : I bleed sometimes for as many as 20 days : with cycles going 50+ days.

 
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WOW I thought I was very "early" in getting AF back for a visit, but it seems like 5 months pp is about average.

The interesting part is about 2 weeks ago I was doubled over in pain all day feeling crampy like my ute was going to fall out. Turns out I must have been ovulating. hmmmmmm
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After #1, 14 years ago, it NEVER EVER came back. Nice peaceful 12 years of no periods! After #3, two years ago, it came back regularly. Hopefully it will stop again after #4!

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With my 1st, 10 months; with #2, 6 months; current dd is 5 1/2 months and so far no AF.....but I have felt really crampy lately, hmmmmmm. I was hoping for a year, but I have a feeling it's coming soon : . My dd nurses every 3-4 hours.

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Exclusively BFing mothers, how old was your babe when your period resumed?
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I have just read a GREAT book about this. She comments that 'exclusive breastfeeding' isn't enough...the baby not only needs to be getting all his nutrition from you, but also all his sucking (ie, no binkie). Furthermore, if he's not waking and nursing at night (or not much) then your fertility will probably return too. SO, if you're relying on bf to keep AF at bay, you have to watch those two things very carefully.
The book is older--published in the 70s I think. It's called "Breast Feeding and NAtural Child Spacing: the ecology of natural mothering" by Sheila Kippley. According to her studies, if you follow the bfing rules she lists (basicallywhat I said before) the average time before AF returns is 14 months.

hth!

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With ds, I got my cycle back at 14 mos. He was ebfed for 12 mos, all sucking needs met at breast.
With dd, it came back at 10 mos, she uses a pacifier.

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With ds#1, he night weaned at 2 yrs and that's when I ovulated and got pregnant with ds #2 who is now 6 mos old (no periods yet, it's been a looooooong time!)

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DS is 13 months and still no period. No complaints here!

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Hmmmm, i must be a freak...

First- She started sleeping through the night (spontaneously, 12 or 13 hours a night) at ten and a half weeks. It was about that time that she started sucking her thumb. By the time she was four months old she was only nursing four or five times a day. My cycles returned when she was 8 months

Second- He used a pacifier from the very start (would get very frustrated and cry after he was full when the milk would let down). He wasn't so much into comfort nursing but he nursed pretty often. By the time he was ten months old, he was down to four or five times a day, though. My cycles returned at just over 12 months.

Third- He is 7 months and nurses a lot... often during the day and half the night. He does all comfort nursing at the breast. It makes me wonder when my cycles will return if they stayed away so easily before. Guess we will see

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My dd is almost 6mos and I havent gotten it yet.

With the first kid I got it the day after she turned two.

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Six months exactly and she nurses every 8.5 seconds, round the clock.

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With DD it came back the DAY after she tried solid food (I think around 6.5 months). Ds is almost 10 months & it just came back this week. I think besides the ebf - it just depends on how long it takes your hormones to shift & rebalance. I had acupuncture to help w/ some thyroid, allergies etc. out-of-whackness & BOOM period comes along too!
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EBF, cosleep, all that jazz and got AF just about 6 mo pp. With dd it was the same and AF came back 7 mo pp.
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We use pacifiers and start solids on the early side (as soon as they have pincer grasp- about 6 or 7 moswith my kids).

I think nightweaning was finally what brought mine back with Dylan when she was two.

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