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Period and Breastfeeding

Has anyone on here successfully gotten their period without giving up breastfeeding? If so, is there anything you can do to ensure your period will return without stopping. My LO is 3 mos old and I would like to start trying for baby #2 at 6 mos, but am not ready to give up breastfeeding . Thanks in advance.

  • Ashley
    Nov 05, 2018

    I got mine 6 months postpartum and am still nursing at a year

  • Vee
    Nov 05, 2018

    I got mine at 3 months pp and I am now 5 months postpartum and never stopped breastfeeding.

  • Lulu
    Nov 05, 2018

    Heck no! I've never heard of that!

  • Star
    Nov 05, 2018

    I’ve got my period at 8 weeks pp and still nursing!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 05, 2018

    I didn’t get my period until I stopped breast feeding

  • Kristin
    Nov 05, 2018

    And how long did you BF for?

  • Star
    Nov 05, 2018

    Well my son is only going to be 9 weeks on Wednesday. But I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Probably until he’s 2

  • Jennifer
    Nov 05, 2018

    I’m still nursing my 14 month old, My period returned 2months pp, (like a week after the pp bleeding stopped) and was really regular (exactly every 28 days) around 8 months pp. once your cycle starts back, it may be irregular at first, but you don’t have to worry about it stopping again as you continue to nurse.

  • Pegi
    Nov 05, 2018

    I just got mine this month at 5 months pp. my son is ebf

  • Jayme
    Nov 05, 2018

    I am currently tandem nursing my just turned 3 year old and 1 year old and got my first period since my youngest child birth last month. With my 1st, he was 7 months when my period returned and started trying for our second (who is now 1) when my 1st turned 6 months. It took a year but I didn't have to stop breastfeeding like all the drs said to do. It may have taken longer, but who really knows?

  • Jayme
    Nov 05, 2018

    I forgot to add that some women have had success getting their periods sooner by pumping and then bottle feeding their breastmilk to their babies. Maybe try that!

  • anonymous mom
    Nov 05, 2018

    I exclusively pumped and got mine 7 months pp. I continued to pump till 11.5 months and finished the year with frozen stash. My supply went down by about half for around 3 days with each cycle. However my lactation consultant explained that if I were directly breastfeeding, my baby would just demand more time at the breast on those days and would still get enough milk overall.

  • Caitie
    Nov 05, 2018

    PSA: you can get pregnant again, even if you haven’t gotten your period yet. I am still breastfeeding my first (14 months) and pregnant with my second. I never got my period, but got pregnant when she was about 7 months old. I suspect that it may have to do with a reduction in night feedings when she started sleeping 10+ hours. Every body, baby, and pregnancy are different. You may not need to stop breastfeeding at all.

  • Ashley
    Nov 05, 2018

    Got mine at around 6 months when we introduced some solids.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 06, 2018

    You can get pregnant even without your period. Breastfeeding is not birth control.

  • anonymous mom
    Nov 06, 2018

    What everyone is saying is true. You can get pregnant without getting your period if you happen to have sex on the ovulation days before your first period. However, since that’s presumably only a 24-72 hour window each month, most people do not get pregnant before getting their period back. My sister tandem nursed all 4 of her children. She had them basically back to back before finally doing a tubal ligation with her last one. She was literally breastfeeding for 6 years. Her second child was the only one conceived without a period. I found this article very helpful as a way to prevent pregnancy while pumping. https://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/fertility/

  • Lily
    Nov 06, 2018

    Everyone is different. Just because you are Breastfeeding, doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. I got mine back 2 months after my baby was born. And got pregnant when my baby was 7 months old. I lost that pregnancy, but I am pregnant again at 13 months pp, and 4 months after the miscarriage. Breastfeeding the whole time. Enjoy feeding your baby, and don’t worry about it until 6 months, talk to your Dr and starting trying. But I wouldn’t stop breastfeeding until a year, it is so good for them.

  • Tara
    Nov 06, 2018

    I did not get mine until we completely weaned at 16 mos. I depends how your body responds to the hormones.

  • Kimmy
    Nov 07, 2018

    I got mine back with my first at 16 months and second at 19 months.