When did your cycle / AF return postpartum for those exclusively breastfeeding?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: When did your cycle / AF return postpartum for those exclusively breastfeeding?
    Within 2 months PP : (0 votes)
    3-4 months : (1 votes)
    8 %
    5-6 months : (2 votes)
    17 %
    7-9 months : (5 votes)
    42 %
    10-12 months : (1 votes)
    8 %
    13-18 months : (3 votes)
    25 %
    > 18 months : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I pumped exclusively for 7 1/2 to 8 months, AF returned right around 6 months.  I think those who nursed (as opposed to pumped) went a bit longer before AF.

    Post # 3
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    7271 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I exclusively BF for 3 months, and now supplement with 4-16 oz of formula/day. I’m 5 months PP and no AF yet. I still BF multiple times/night because DD bedshares with me.

    Post # 4
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    1 posts
    Wannabee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    im nursing my 22 month.old , af returned at about 15 months

    Post # 5
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    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I answered 5-6 months, but the truth is, I don’t remember.  My youngest is 6.  I breastfed both my kids over a year each….

    Post # 6
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    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    bananasareyellow:  Can you add an option “It didn’t, I got pregnant” ?  LOL.  I never got my period, but got pregnant at 9 months pp.  I was trying to do so and had cut 1 feeding a day in order to stimulate fertility… it worked really fast LOL.  Currently 38 weeks with this pregnancy, so I guess I will need to update in 6-12 months maybe!

    Post # 7
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    2696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I exclusively bf my daughter for 6 months, and then just bf’d on demand from then on out. She still nursed a few times per night. I went back to work 12 months PP, and pumped once during the day, but breastfed in the morning, evening and a few times per night.

    At 14 months PP, I stopped breastfeeding, and nearly a month later (15 months PP), I got AF for the first time.

    Post # 9
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    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    bananasareyellow:  That is true, but if it wasn’t trying to get pregnant, I wouldn’t have cut a feeding out and thus probably wouldn’t have gotten it back.  (Also I read about some people getting positive opks but no bleeding?!)  Who knows!  It seems so random for some people.  I asked this question back with my first and here is the thread if you’d like more feedback/votes on it! http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/breastfeeding-moms-when-did-your-period-return/#axzz2yPe8IaO9

    Post # 11
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    1177 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    AF came back at 14-15 months PP which was pretty much exactly two years to the day since I’d had my last AF before falling pregnant. We had a period of longer stretches of sleep in early to December which I’m pretty sure was the reason AF returned.

    bananasareyellow:  Nursing in the early hours of the morning is the best way to keep AF at bay as it maintains prolactin levels.

    Post # 12
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    547 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m another who never got A period while nursing. At 13 months I weaned to find out four weeks later, pregnant. M/c ten weeks after that with a d/c then boom 4 weeks later Pregnant agaiIll so far it’s been over three years with no period!

    Post # 14
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    7804 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I got mine back at 9 months pp…I didn’t do anything to bring it on. We are still BF at 15 months.

    Post # 15
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    bananasareyellow:  I think because I was pumping I did get mine sooner than if I were nursing.  I had been pumping 4 times a day for about 2 months by the time AF returned, and I didn’t drop any more pumps until after AF.  I coordinated dropping pumps with AF, since it dimished my supply anyway.  

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