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View Poll Results: When did you have your first postpartum period IF you exclusively breastfeed?
1 mo 7 4.52%
2 mos 12 7.74%
3 mos 7 4.52%
4 mos 8 5.16%
5 mos 6 3.87%
6 mos 4 2.58%
7 mos 3 1.94%
8 mos 4 2.58%
9 mos 7 4.52%
10 mos 8 5.16%
11 mos 8 5.16%
12 + mos 81 52.26%
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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When did you get your first postpartum period IF you exclusively breastfeed (no bottles, no pacis) and co-sleep? I'm having some rather fertile looking mucous at less than 3 mos postpartum and I don't like it!

If your fertility returned early (like less than 6 mos), do you have any idea why?

ETA: Answer for first baby or first baby you exclusively breastfed
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I got my first postpartum period 9 months after my son was born. He's breastfed, still night nursing, etc.

With that said, I had some "fertility signs" earlier that turned out to be false alarms. Could be you're having one as well. HTH!
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I answered 12 +, but i did have a sort of period when we went through a nursing strike during a major teething burst plus bad head cold, and DD would hardly nurse for a few days. Had to pump for the first time ever! But after that, my first true period was at 12 months.

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I'm 18 months pp and still no af. She only nurses at night now and maybe once during the day.
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I got it at 7 months after DS and 5 months after DD. Both times they were exclusively breastfeeding and were nursing several times a night, with DD I was tandem nursing and pumping for someone else.

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12+, 13 or 14mo, to be exact. Regardless of how much they nurse.

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It was at his first birthday party, oddly enough, so 12 mos+3 days. And like CLOCKWORK since then. 30 days exactly, every single time.
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4 months. BUT, it was anovulatory until after 10 months PP.

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13 months and 5 months, and I didn't do anything different.

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First baby: "ecological breastfeeding" 4m. Second baby, "ecological breastfeeding" and tandem nursing, 6m. Third baby (bottles, paci, pumping while he was at work) 7.5 months.

About the only main difference I can see between when I was nursing DD1 and when I was nursing DS is that I was 7 years older (29 instead of 22).

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6 weeks PP with DD even though she was exclusively BF until 6 months.
5 months with DS. We started him on cereal at 4.5 months.

DD is not a big eater, never was, I doubt she ever will be. She's 5 and weighs 33 lbs. She was 17lb 4 oz on her 1st birthday.
She just didn't eat enough to supress ovulation.

DS is big. He's 41 lbs ar 3.5 years (yes 8 lbs more than his big sister). He was 29 lbs on his first birthday. I started giving him rice cereal at 4.5 months, casue he was so freaking hungry!. 2-3 weeks later AF showed up.

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3 months, almost to the day. I was irritated

I really don't know why? I also had a massive milk supply.
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1st baby breastfed exclusively for 12 months, breastfed on demand till 2.5 years. She also used a paci though. My first postpartum period was just before her 2nd birthday and I got pregnant with baby #2 on #1's 2nd birthday!!

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dd nursed exclusively for 8mos (no artificial nipples), and then i EPed for an additional 9mos after that, so 17mos total. didn't get ppaf until dd was 14mos.
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My postpartum bleeding stopped about three weeks after DD was born, a few days later I started bleeding again. I thought it was just from the birth, but then, 28 days later it happened again... and then 28 days later again...

My guess on why... I am just super fertile. DD sucked on nothing but my nipples and suck she did. She doubled her birth weight in just over two months. I am also a mom with a massive milk supply.

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well, dd DID have bottles, since I was an EP'er, but she was also exclusively breastfed.

I didn't get my period til 17 months pp.

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4 months, when she started sleeping a longer stretch at night.
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17 months.
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1 - i don't know for sure, but #2 was conceived when #1 was 3mo old
2 - about 18 months; i was tandem nursing
3 - 6 weeks
4 - looks like it'll be 7 weeks

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Just got mine back 23 months pp. Ds is still nursing every 2-3 hours during the day and LOTS at night.

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Dd BF exclusively for 11mo and then on demand. She´s 2.5 and still nursing several times per day.
Last month, at 29months PP, I got my first AF!

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well, i guess my other 2 weren't exclusively bf b/c they both used pacifiers.
with the first, my fertility did not return until he had completely weaned at 22 months.
with my second, i got my first ppaf at 3 mos pp and ovulated reguarly after that but had very short lp's. i did get pregnant twice- once when my nursling was about a year old and once when she was about 18 months old, but was only able to sustain a pregnancy after she weaned completely (again at about 22 mos).

this time my babe IS exclusively bf, though he does suck his thumb. he is 4 months old and i have not had a period yet. i do feel my hormones going wacky and i think my body is trying to have a cycle, but we shall see when it happens.

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Can I just say how absolutely jealous I am of all the mamas who voted 12+ months?!!

I voted 1 month :

My pp af came closer to one month than to two, as it came at 5.5 weeks pp.

I think maybe genetics have to do with my case?? My mom, for all five kids, got hers around 6 weeks each time, although she didn't ebf for all of us, nor co-sleep. I am, so I thought I had a shot. Hopefully next babe.

But it does really depress me to have it so soon.
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baby #1-3 months, but I had gone on the pill (wish I hadn't!)
baby #2-14 months
baby #3-18 months (AF came 1 month after baby #2 weaned, #3 was still nursing)
baby #4-no sign yet, she's 7.5 months

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Average is 14 months, many go to 2 years or so. This poll needs redoing with different options.
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Average is 14 months, many go to 2 years or so. This poll needs redoing with different options.
In her OP, I think she was specifically looking for the "early month" answers.

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I went way past 12 months but I was supplementing a bit so not votable (though I was producing way more than enough milk around the clock for one baby...just a bit less than I needed for two)

But I wanted to say that I've got a friend and sister both who started within the first 4 months with their first child even though they were exclusively breastfeeding, night nursing, etc. I think the way our bodies handle hormones and breastfeeding is just different. So I'd be looking at protection of some sort if I didn't want to get pregnant again. I wouldn't personally rely on fertile signs either as things can be screwy and unpredictable for a while when your body is gearing back up..at least in my experience. I guess temping would likely do it but I don't know how you'd do that with a 3 month old.

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