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#1 of 17 Old 02-26-2009, 06:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Doesn anyone ever had a problem getting their menstrual cycle while breastfeeding? My son is 5 months and I havent had a cycle yet. I was never regular before, but never this long.. Im not sure if should be getting concerned or not.
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DS2 is 13 mo and no menstrual cycle yet for me.
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With my first 2, I didn't get my period until 9 months postpartum.

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There are mamas around here who have 2yos and haven't started yet, so I wouldn't worry.

FWIW I'm 10mos PP and no AF, no SIGN of AF. Nothing.

There's a nursing mamas TTC club that has a lot of info, can't find the link offhand though? Someone will have it...I'm onehanded right now (nak)

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It took me over a yr. to get my period. My son was down to nursing 3x a day. So I think for me as the frequency slowed my period came back. It could depend on how much you're nursing. However, my friend stopped nursing and still never got a period until she went on the BCP.

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thanks for the replies. It makes me feel better, cos I was getting worried. All my friends started being regular 2-3 months after their babies so I was like... whats wrong....:
Someone told me to start BCP, but im afraid of all those hormones and how they might affect my milk. I don't want to expose my son to anything that he shouldn't.
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I had one wonky PP period at about 5 months, then I was pregnant.

With my first though I didn't have anything for about 2.5 years.

I say some divine being is laughing his/her bum off at me.
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It will come naturally in a year or more or perhaps earlier! lol I got mine at 18 months and 12 months. What would be the point of the BCP?

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I wanted mine to stay away it came back when DS was 6months

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If you are breastfeeding on demand, your cycles might not come back for months. I think the average is about 14 months. There's a good article on kellymom that describes the gradual return to fertility. Don't sweat it for now - enjoy breastfeeding!

If you are concerned about a return to fertility before you want to conceive again, you could start noticing cervical mucus and/or taking your basal body temp. and charting that so you might have a bit of warning that your body is ramping up to ovulate again.

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I didn't get my cycle back until ds was 2.5, so 30 months. I bougth it back by not nursing for 5 hours straight a night. I also ended up getting accupuncture and my accupuncturist told me that my body was so depleted by ds that I didn't have the energy or nutrition to support AF needless to say another baby. So i started eating blood and 'chi' supporting foods, did Moxa, and received accupuncture 1-2times a month and then I started having regular healthy cycles.

At 5 months, i wouldn't worry and if nursing on demand I would't expect or desire AF to return until about 14 months.

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Just wanted to say that not having your period back at 5 months PP is NOT a problem, it is the normal state of things. If breastfeeding the way nature intended, the average time women will get their period back at about 14-15 months. Well, I guess it could be a problem if you want to conceive, but otherwise, enjoy your AF-free time! :

It is kind of sad that women are led to believe that this is not healthy and they need to be on BCP. What the heck?

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thank you everyone. The article on kelly website was really good too.
I dont know why doctors put so much pressure to get BCP, but I dont like medicine in general so I have been trying to stay away from it.
I remember I got asked 3 times before i left the hospital, if i wanted a prescription of BCP or not... It almost feels that doctors nowdays work for the companies who make these medicines...lol
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Just repeating what everyone else said but With my first it was back at 8 mos and second it didn't come back until 21 mos.

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Totally Normal no reason to worry at all.

With my daughter i got my period back at 13months PP and with my son i got it back at 14/15 months PP.


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I just had my first PP period. My son is 23 months. I don't think I ovulated before, but I wasn't temping so can't be sure. BFing moms who get their periods back aren't always fertile (though, they should assume they are and chart to see when if they are TTA).
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With our first: my first PP AF was at 7 mos, then not again until 13 mos.

With our second: I'm not sure? I know it was after 5 mos, but before 14 mos.

We nurse on demand, but second refused all foods but breastmilk until he was over a year.
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