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Fertility > BFing mamas - how long until 1st AF?
januarymama's Avatar januarymama 01:46 PM 08-28-2008
I EBF my 7.5 month old DS, and so far no sign of AF at all. He started solids around 6.5 months, and sleeps a big 6-7 hour stretch at night usually.

How long did it take you to get AF back? I'm constantly paranoid I might be pg.

Llyra's Avatar Llyra 02:08 PM 08-28-2008
12 months.
Mama Mko's Avatar Mama Mko 02:12 PM 08-28-2008
9 months after 1st pregnancy, 8 months after 2nd pregnancy. My mom never got hers back between kids. She had 9 kids and 12 pregnancies. She had 2 years between most of us.
tabrizia's Avatar tabrizia 02:13 PM 08-28-2008
7 and a half months before AF came back here, I was really hoping for longer since he was still nursing 2 times a night at that point in time, and not really eating solids.
matey's Avatar matey 02:16 PM 08-28-2008
Pretty much EBF at 8 months with 0-2 wakings at night, and no AF here. I am paranoid about pregnancy a lot too!
tankgirl73's Avatar tankgirl73 02:17 PM 08-28-2008
Mine was 9mo, and she was on solids for quite awhile but only 'nibbling', still nursing every 2 hours all day and night etc. I was quite disappointed lol...
BeccaBaby1's Avatar BeccaBaby1 02:23 PM 08-28-2008
I'm at 7 months... no sign yet. Though I always get crampy at the the beginning of the month and think "this must be it," but no.
shannonnc78's Avatar shannonnc78 02:25 PM 08-28-2008
Going on 9 mos and nothing here. Of course, I also have PCOS and may never get a visit from AF until I start back on the pill.
~savah~'s Avatar ~savah~ 02:30 PM 08-28-2008
My DD is 8 months and ebf, no AF here. A friend of mine just got her first and her ds is 20 months and started eating solids @ 6 months.
januarymama's Avatar januarymama 02:32 PM 08-28-2008
Hmm.... am I the only one who gets crampy sometimes and a little nauseous? I never had that pre-pg, but I feel like I get like that post partum pretty regularly. Those are the things that send me into overdrive thinking I might be pg! DH and I are careful with condoms, but I don't trust them! (Time to look into the IUD....)
Sabo's Avatar Sabo 03:01 PM 08-28-2008
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Hmm.... am I the only one who gets crampy sometimes and a little nauseous? I never had that pre-pg, but I feel like I get like that post partum pretty regularly. Those are the things that send me into overdrive thinking I might be pg! DH and I are careful with condoms, but I don't trust them! (Time to look into the IUD....)
I get nauseous sometimes, but I think that's related to not eating enough during the day, being so busy chasing Aili around. The cramping could relate to ovulation though. You can ovulate without getting your period. Keep an eye on your fertility markers like the cramps, cervical mucous, etc. I think that I've heard that temping is not all that helpful when you nurse during the night, but maybe check that too.

BTW, Aili will be 1 on Sep 9 and I am still AF-less.
Mama~Love 03:08 PM 08-28-2008
20 months here and nothing!
BeccaBaby1's Avatar BeccaBaby1 03:14 PM 08-28-2008
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Hmm.... am I the only one who gets crampy sometimes and a little nauseous? I never had that pre-pg, but I feel like I get like that post partum pretty regularly. Those are the things that send me into overdrive thinking I might be pg! DH and I are careful with condoms, but I don't trust them! (Time to look into the IUD....)
I do, I do, I do!!! I've asked my friends about this and they tell me to get checked at the doctor. I did. I'm perfectly healthy. I think this is my breastfeeding body's version of a cycle without the ovulation (well???) and period. I've taken a couple of pg tests in the past few months because like you I didn't feel this way before baby.
ramama's Avatar ramama 03:19 PM 08-28-2008
After DD1, 4 months . After DD2 was born I was tandem nursing both girls and didn't get AF back for 16-18 months. When DD1 weaned herself, that's when AF came back.
*MamaJen*'s Avatar *MamaJen* 03:25 PM 08-28-2008
I'm pretty sure I had my first postpartum period at 6 weeks. That could feasibly have been the end of the lochia, in which case, AF returned at 10 weeks. : And we were nursing every two hours around the clock.
I'm still bitter.
ramama's Avatar ramama 03:43 PM 08-28-2008
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I'm pretty sure I had my first postpartum period at 6 weeks. That could feasibly have been the end of the lochia, in which case, AF returned at 10 weeks. : And we were nursing every two hours around the clock.
I'm still bitter.
I'm right there with you! I thought attachment parenting equaled 12+ months of AF-free bliss. I still feel cheated. I demand my 8 AF-less months!! (without having to be pregnant)
riverside knitter's Avatar riverside knitter 04:06 PM 08-28-2008
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Originally Posted by januarymama View Post
Hmm.... am I the only one who gets crampy sometimes and a little nauseous? I never had that pre-pg, but I feel like I get like that post partum pretty regularly. Those are the things that send me into overdrive thinking I might be pg! DH and I are careful with condoms, but I don't trust them! (Time to look into the IUD....)
Me! Me! DD is 5 months old, EBF'd and I'm still AF-free. I've had a couple of phantom PMS episodes that had me convinced that I was pregnant. It doesn't help that we're throwing caution to the wind and DH can't keep his hands off of me lately.
SamuraiMom's Avatar SamuraiMom 04:32 PM 08-28-2008
We are @ 6 months, and nothing yet, but I usually get it around 7 or 8 months, but in the meantime I too wonder everyday if I might be pregnant!
tbone_kneegrabber's Avatar tbone_kneegrabber 04:36 PM 08-28-2008
3 months
luv's Avatar luv 04:59 PM 08-28-2008
10? months I think it was. KC is a year now and I'm 14 week preg. I had ONE period. Before that I tested on the 23 of every month 'just in case'. That way if I was preg with no period we'd have some type of dating.

-luv
donutmolly's Avatar donutmolly 05:46 PM 08-28-2008
After DD1, at 11 months, I started to have occasional breakthrough bleeding, every 6 wks or so, then 15 months, the real AF showed.

DD2 is 8 mo and nothing so far, but I wonder since DD2 goes so long between feedings, whereas DD1 was constantly nursing!
liam's mom's Avatar liam's mom 06:13 PM 08-28-2008
#1 - 22m pp
#2 - 26m pp
columbusmomma's Avatar columbusmomma 06:49 PM 08-28-2008
DS: 10 months
DD: still waiting, she's 13 months
SleepyMamaBear's Avatar SleepyMamaBear 06:52 PM 08-28-2008
i had some breakthrough spotting once at 10 months. for a day. we are 13months nursing and still no AF.
KarmaJoy's Avatar KarmaJoy 07:07 PM 08-28-2008
With dd1 it was between 10 and 11 months

DS is 11.5 months and I am still waiting

Dd nursed a lot more than ds so I thought that I would get it sooner this time but nope...He only nurses maybe three times during the day but still all.night.long. I guess this is probably the one perk of that.
RasJi7's Avatar RasJi7 07:29 PM 08-28-2008
6 months and no signs of AF yet.
wholewheatmama's Avatar wholewheatmama 07:43 PM 08-28-2008
8 1/2 months and still no AF. However, I am 38 and my mother was menopausal at 38, so I may never see AF again....
ashleyhaugh's Avatar ashleyhaugh 09:08 PM 08-28-2008
10 months
MaterPrimaePuellae's Avatar MaterPrimaePuellae 09:12 PM 08-28-2008
9 months.... we started solids around 5-6.
jessymama's Avatar jessymama 10:34 PM 08-28-2008
I was EBF every 2 hours around the clock and still managed to get it back at 5.5 months.
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