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I'm just curious about when mamas "normally" start back up bleeding when breast feeding. My son is almost 14 months (nursing strong) and to be honest I miss menstruating. Also wondering if other mamas have used herbs to start up again. What are the reasons to do this and what herbs did you use? Thanks...
 

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I've heard the average is 18 months. Not sure if that's accurate.<br><br>
Every woman is different. My sister was at 3 months, my friend never got it back even at 26 months & then got pregnant before it returned.<br><br>
I do know that for some women, when they night wean or have fewer night feedings, it comes back.
 

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the average I read in Breastfeeding and Natural Family Planning was 14.5 months. Many women go longer. It depends on our own body's threshold for ovulation and how frequently our babies nurse.<br>
Personally, I wouldn't mess with your body by trying to induce ovulation and menstruation. Breastfeeding gives our reproductive systems a break and the lowered hormone levels are what gives us the lowered risk of reproductive cancers.
 

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I felt the same way you do, but I just started again 2 days ago (2 days before Noah turned 13 months), which was surprising because my mom always started by 6 months (but I'm not sure if she co-slept the whole time with us...that makes a BIG difference).<br><br>
It's interesting though because my period so far has been REALLY light. I've never had a problem with heavy periods, but this is lighter than the first time I got it, lol. sorry if that's TMI.<br><br>
I was annoyed that I kept putting off getting a DIVA cup. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: So now I'm just using flannel pieces as pads. lol<br><br>
o.k, sorry, I'l stop rambling about my cycle...
 

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My dd was 18 months old. I've only had one in July and one right now, since. Both very heavy. I think it takes the body a while to get back on track.
 

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I got my first period when DS was 11 months old. He's 14 months now, and I just finished my third one. It seems that my periods are about 6 weeks apart since coming back. So far, anyway...
 

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Poo on all of you!!! Mine came back at 4 months despite nursing round the clock, every 1-2 hours!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hammer.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hammer">
 
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