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How many months postpartum did AF return for you?

  • Around 2 months (average length for non-bf mamas)

    Votes: 26 12.3%
  • 3-5 months

    Votes: 25 11.8%
  • 6 months (average age solid foods are introduced)

    Votes: 11 5.2%
  • 7-8 months

    Votes: 19 9.0%
  • 9 months (the whole 9 up, 9 down therory)

    Votes: 12 5.7%
  • 10-12 months

    Votes: 26 12.3%
  • 13-15 months

    Votes: 39 18.5%
  • 16-18 months

    Votes: 27 12.8%
  • 19-21 months

    Votes: 9 4.3%
  • 22-24 months

    Votes: 9 4.3%
  • 25-30 months (average age for self-weaning)

    Votes: 4 1.9%
  • After 30 months

    Votes: 4 1.9%
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<div style="font-style:italic;">It was exactly 8 weeks each time.<br>
I was and still am breastfeeding.<br><br>
I don't much like how I had to choose a poll option that said (average age for non-bf mammas),<br>
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Please see my previous explanation of the paranthetical comments. They are not meant to offend, but were simply statistical averages. It is clear that many mamas who are exclusively bfing had AF return very early. I apologize if this bothered you.
 

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14 months for dd1. technically started solids around 6 mos, but primarily bf with more solids after 1yr or so, always nursed throughout the night, she was still nursing regularly when af returned at 14 mos.<br><br>
dd2 is 10 months, still no af. also started solids around 6 months, this dd much more interested in solids, but still nurses every couple of hours or more and throughout the night. stay away af, I don't want you yet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<i>Originally Posted by dajones<br>
"I feel so cheated as AF returned for me w/both DS & DD at about 6 weeks postpartum. I was exclusively bf, cosleeping, no bottles, no pacifiers, AP, etc. I am evious of my friends who don't have a period for a year or more after their births."</i><br>
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This is me too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I have to say, I'm "happy" to see that I'm not the only one. All my friends IRL had 9 months to 18 months before AF returned...*sigh*
 

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It came back at 10 months, which surprised me, I was really expecting the 14 for ecological bf, but no such luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> However I think that the traumatic birth affected my supply and that may have been a factor. I am hoping for a better outcome this time!
 

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With DD my period came back at 4 months and that was with eco bfing. With DS2...well, he is 6 months and I went back to work at 3 months so he gets bottles of EBM every day and I only pump once a day at work and still no AF.
 

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7 months or so for me. I was so sad to not be period free for longer (like it was some kind of proof of being a good breast feeding mom or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ).<br><br>
But I did not ovulate for a few more cycles. Then it took until DD was 3 before we could conceive (tried every cycle since 18 months post partum). My lutal phase definitely was effected by nursing...very short. Then it jumped to a bit longer with night weaning, then to just long enough when DD cut way back.<br><br>
It will be interesting to see how tandem nursing effects things this time around. Looks like I should be prepared to expect anything!
 

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I voted for 19 months - though that was actually with my 2nd DS. He still nursed frequently - all night, for instance, at that point. First one was 14 or 15 months, I think, and not until we were beginning to wean.<br><br>
I have a friend whose cycles resume within about 6 weeks, despite BFing on demand. Has been that way for 3 children now! It's very frustrating for her, but seems to just be the way her body does it. So it's hard to know what will happen!
 

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5.5 <i><b>weeks</b></i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
eta: bf on demand and co-sleep
 

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Well, AF returned yesterday. That makes 7.75 months for me... sigh. I was really looking forward to a much longer reprieve, but I guess it's not in my genes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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For all three children, it was about 6 months PP, even though I was exclusively BF, and in the case of the third pregnancy, tandem nursing as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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First time, just before DD1 turned 2. However, I was not fertile- I had a luteal phase defect until the very cycle DD2 was conceived- which was 4 months after I had my first PPAF, and I was doing supplements at that point to induce fertility.<br><br>
This time, still no AF and thinking it'll still be awhile!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ecologically BF around the clock, delay solids till 10months to 1 year and AF has returned <b>before two months with every baby.</b></div>
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Yep, that was me. 7 weeks PP... nursing on demand, conapping, cosleeping, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> No food until 9 months.<br><br>
I'm hoping I get a little more benefit this time around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> but who knows?
 

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I'm almost 16 months pp and still no af. Now that I'm back to teaching part-time and dd doesn't take a bottle when I'm away anymore, I wonder if the 5 hours away with no pumping will finally do it. I wish it would just come, though--I don't like having no idea what's going on in there!
 

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#1 We used paci, crib and occasional bottle AF at 6 mos<br>
#2 No paci, crib, started solids around 6 mos - AF at 9 mos<br>
#3 Exclusive nursing, co-sleeping, babywearing no other nipples - AF at 11 weeks<br>
#4 Same as above but TANDEM nursing AF at 12 weeks<br>
#5 same as #3 AF at 13 weeks<br><br>
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Since conceiving my first daughter 7 years ago I have only had 5 cycles! I feel very fortunate and amazed at my body! AF took 17 months to return after my first daughter, 26 months after my second (I think my severe elimination diet due to her many allergies might have played a part; I lost a lot of weight then too), and I have yet to see a sign of it now. My 10 month old son is still essentially exclusively breastfed. He doesn't eat much solid food yet. The same was true for my daughters.
 

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For some reason my body isn't big on menstruating (at the same time, I've successfully conceived and carried to term four times, go figure) so I'm not representative of the norm. Anyway, for me it did coincide with weaning, which happened at earliest at two years of age. With my last, I'm still breastfeeding at 35 months (two to three times a day) and I haven't gotten my period yet, but I'm also on the Mirena this time which may also have something to do with it.
 
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