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View Poll Results: When did you get your period back?
Less then 3 months pp 19 19.79%
4-5 month 9 9.38%
6-7 month 6 6.25%
8-9 month 7 7.29%
10-11 month 5 5.21%
12-13 month 5 5.21%
14-15 month 10 10.42%
More then 15 month 35 36.46%
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#1 of 42 Old 09-05-2008, 10:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am just curious - I am 8 month pp and no sign of period yet...
II guess I should have added the option for - didn't get the period yet Don't know how to edit a poll

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17 months

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I'm in a lactation research project and apparently the whole lot of us have got our prior to 3 months too!

My Lactation consultant says that according to her knowledge base we're all just super healthy!....tell that to the chocolate chip cookies I'm eating!
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I got mine at 11 weeks postpartum.

My mom got hers back at 6 weeks pp all four times, so I was prepared for an early return. I wasn't prepared for it to severely affect my milk supply and very nearly end our breastfeeding relationship.

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My Lactation consultant says that according to her knowledge base we're all just super healthy!....tell that to the chocolate chip cookies I'm eating!
Hmm... that's interesting. As I understood it, a very early return of fertility often indicates a hormone imbalance, not healthiness

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10 months and nothing yet. I had a period at five weeks, that lasted 3 days and nothing since. I kinda miss bleeding, I really was in love with it, when I was doing it. Now, I don't even remember what it's like.
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as far as I'm concerned lactational amennorea was one of the best benefits of bf'ing

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29 months (DD)
24 months (DS)

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Right around a year with all four. Nurse on demand and at night. Kind of wish I could go without the periods for longer. My youngest will be 1 yr. on the 24th - I just started spotting this week.

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Both times I got mine at 6 months pp. My MW said that everyone has a different sensitivity level to the hormones. So around 6 months when my babes began spreading out their nursing a little my body felt the shift whereas someone else's body might not respond to that shift as readily. That explanation made sense to me but certainly didn't make me feel any better about EBFing a baby and getting my period back so early. I was using birth control again at 6 months pp! That seems crazy!

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With each child, my periods have come back sooner. After DC#1, it was 10 months, after DC#2, 6 months, and now after DC#3, 2 months.
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Moving to fertility, as this isn't about parenting a baby.

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as far as I'm concerned lactational amennorea was one of the best benefits of bf'ing
So jealous. If only it were true for all women!

With both of my children, I had it back before 4 months PP.

6 weeks with my daughter (yep, you read that right).
14 weeks with my son.

I breastfed each on demand, around the clock, exclusively for 6 months, and for the first 2 months, every TWO hours because they both were severely jaundiced. No bottles, no pacis, wore them constantly, and slept with them IN my bed.

Period came right back like I wasn't even nursing.

And with my son, I was still nursing my daughter... so TANDEM nursing on cue, it still came back at 14 weeks.

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My period returned at about 4 months with our first two. My period also returned rapidly, after just a couple of weeks, with each of my miscarriages. DS will be four months on the 9th, so I'm expecting my period any time.

All of our kids have been fast nurses, with minimal to no night nursing early on. I'm under the impression that night nursing does the best job at suppressing the return of AF.

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6 weeks with dd1--pacifiers without my permission and "we're going to try putting her on formula for a day or two to see if that brings down her bili levels and if it doesn't youy can always try to see if you can breastrfeed her again. here's a cheap hand pump and an ace bandage and an asprin for the pain."

about a yeAr for dd2 abnd ds1--ecologically breastfed until solids were introduced at or about 4 months.

Not a sign of her with ds2. i hope she comes back so i can say goodbye before she goes away for good.
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17 months. I had been pumping twice a day from 3-6 months, once a day from 6-12 months, stopped pumping at 12 months completely, night and weekend nursing on demand.

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21 months, right after a two week attempt at night weaning.

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I noticed a hormonal shift when my son was 4 months old. That's also when my hair started to fall out. Then about 3 weeks later (so, close to 5 month PP) my period returned.

I was less than thrilled!

I, too, breastfeed on demand, still exclusively at 9 months 1 week. I found it to be really strange that it returned so soon.
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Hmm... that's interesting. As I understood it, a very early return of fertility often indicates a hormone imbalance, not healthiness
Where have you read/hear that it indicated hormone imbalance? That doesn't seem to jive with my experience.

When my periods came back both times (6wks pp & 14wks pp), it came back regular as clockwork, just as before I was pregnant. I didn't experience any milk reduction, nor hairloss pp after return of my period. Never so far as I know had any hormonal imbalances or fertility problems, both dcs were conceived the first try, and have always used nfp - I chart & am extremely regular.

I'd be really interested to understand a connection between hormonal imblanace & early period return after birth as I've always felt my periods returning early & regularly just indicated my body was "back in shape" so to speak - ready to conceive again. Not that I ever would WANT to be pregnant again that early!!

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My pp AF just returned this week, and babe turned 19 months today.

First baby was artificially started with BC pill.
Second baby it came at 14 months (got pregnant immediately).
Next period was when baby #3 was 20 months. (1 month after baby #2 weaned).
And this time 19 months.

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Oh my god - it takes so long for some of you!
I so want to get pregnant again, but my 8 mo DD is still exclusively breastfed, including at least 3 times at night. I guess it will take time :

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DD is 16 months and still no sign of AF. I was expecting to get it by now because with dd1 I got it at 6 months...

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DD1 10 months
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DD3 15 months and not back yet

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27 glorious months I have twins though (still nursing at 33 months)
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Where have you read/hear that it indicated hormone imbalance? That doesn't seem to jive with my experience.

When my periods came back both times (6wks pp & 14wks pp), it came back regular as clockwork, just as before I was pregnant. I didn't experience any milk reduction, nor hairloss pp after return of my period. Never so far as I know had any hormonal imbalances or fertility problems, both dcs were conceived the first try, and have always used nfp - I chart & am extremely regular.

I'd be really interested to understand a connection between hormonal imblanace & early period return after birth as I've always felt my periods returning early & regularly just indicated my body was "back in shape" so to speak - ready to conceive again. Not that I ever would WANT to be pregnant again that early!!
I never had pp hair loss, no fertility problems, conceived ds after 1 time dtd during my fertile time (we weren't technically even ttc that cycle), have charted for a while and had very regular cycles before getting pg. I also have hypothyroidism, a form of hormone imbalance, which I take medication for, but still experience symptoms of, including very low temps when charting.

When I was researching why my milk supply dipped so low at 3-4 months pp, I read and was told repeatedly that hypothyroidism can cause your period to return very soon after giving birth. So, maybe not all early return of fertility is caused by hormone imbalance or sign of a problem, but mine was. I would give my arm to not get my period back until 5 or 6 months and be able to feed my baby my own milk for that long.

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don't be too jealous I had to pump exclusively at least I got a few perks

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i didn't vote because there is not yet a "not yet" option...

but i am 4 months pp. still no period.

commenting because i read that getting your period back isn't to do with healthiness or with hormonal imbalance, but is mostly determined by caloric intake...

which back in caveman times might have been an indicator of health...but these days its easy to get calories.

i'll try and remember/post where i read that.

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oh and you can TOTALLY conceive without getting your period.

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ds is almost 26mo and still no AF...I have been getting really crampy around the same time of the month for about 6 months now...so...maybe soon.

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When I was researching why my milk supply dipped so low at 3-4 months pp, I read and was told repeatedly that hypothyroidism can cause your period to return very soon after giving birth. So, maybe not all early return of fertility is caused by hormone imbalance or sign of a problem, but mine was. I would give my arm to not get my period back until 5 or 6 months and be able to feed my baby my own milk for that long.
I'm so sorry you had trouble with nursing mama. Hugs. Darn right I'd give my arm as well. And I praise you for giving baby donated milk instead of formula.

I should research about hypothroidism... I know my mom has thyroid problems. Nothing's ever come up in my health so far to indicate problems... but its always good to be educated.

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