I guess technically it would be 12+ months, but only because I was pregnant before my EBF baby turned 5 months old and before I got a PP period. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> So I guess I ovulated around 4 months pp? My second time around (also EBF) I think that it was around 3 or 4 mos PP also, though I had an IUD with horrible side effects so it was hard for me to determine just what was what.<br><br>
My kids were really great sleepers as newborns and gave me long stretches of sleep with cosleeping, so I don't know if it was that or it is just the way my body is wired.
by 5 months with all 3;<br>
#1 had a pacifier, slept independently and I went back to work full-time at 12 weeks<br>
#2 was/is a thumb sucker, co-slept and I went back to work full-time at 8 weeks<br>
#3 ebf on demand, co-sleeping, no pacifiers, no bottles until I went back to work part-time at 6 months yada, yada, yada <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
actual fertility returns between 11-15 months
22 months for me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
We did ecological breastfeeding. My DD never had a bottle or a paci, we nursed lying down for naps and bedtime, co-slept and nursed on demand.<br><br>
She did start solid foods at 6 months but never had a milk substitute until she was 12 months old.<br><br>
And considering that I am a FT WOHM I am very happy that we were able to do it!
I voted 2 months, though it was actually just over 6 weeks. This despite EBF with a babe who nursed for 45-60 minutes every 1.5/2 hours round the clock at the time.<br><br>
So much for natural contraception!
Another "lucky" person who got AF back 6weeks PP despite round the clock EBF never more than 1 3hour gap in 24 hours... It's genetic i think, my mum had 3 boys within 22 months (no twins!) because they told her (and she believed TWICE) that if she EBF she wouldn't fall PG again...
I have two children and with both of them it came back at 8 months. The second time I was tandem nursing, so I guess I just can't go longer. What really sucked is that I didn't stop bleeding from the birth until my son was 3 months old so I only got 5 months off.
With DS1 it returned around 9 months... with DS2, I *swear* I had a period at exactly (to the day, nearly to the frigging hour!!) 8wks pp... but nothing since (DS2's now ~17 or so weeks). I don't *think* I'm pregnant (I keep forgetting to buy a test, and we've used protection 100% since Ds2 was born.... but I suppose anythings possible...), so I really don't know wtf is up... I only voted for Ds1 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
DD1: 2 months, but I was EPing.<br><br>
twins: That's complicated. I had some spotting around 4 months, for a day or two, when DS was getting formula supplements. I think my supply was low-- I was very sick with a bad flare of my ulcerative colitis. Then it went away. At ten months, DD2 learned to sleep all night, and I had a few random spotting episodes here and there, that never lasted more than a few hours. But AF didn't return for real until 16 months, when I weaned the twins to start immunosuppressant meds.
Five weeks... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> and I was excusively breastfeeding, of course, around the clock!
5 months with an EBF baby nursing 'round the clock. I felt SO robbed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">