Breakthrough Bleeding While Nursing

Updated on August 28, 2011
F.W. asks from Cumberland, MD
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My postpartum bleeding ended about 3 weeks ago. I'm exclusively breastfeeding my second child. With my first child I didn't get my period back until she was 8mths. old. I had a little spotting this morning after a marathon nursing session yesterday. Could the nursing cause breakthrough bleeding or does this mean I'm already getting my period---Boo!

I also just started the mini pill a week ago...

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R.O.

answers from Dover on

it's the mini pill....#1 cause of breakthough bleeding, especially in the begining of starting it. I started mini pill @ about 3-4 postpartum, spotted and stopped pill right away b/c who wants to bleed, again? I also EBF both kids and didn't get my period for 10 months w/1st baby and 8 months w/ second one...Everyone and every time can be different. But, I would blame mini pill!

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S.C.

answers from Des Moines on

Time will tell, but both my sister and I got our periods back 2 weeks after the post-partum bleeding stopped even though we were both exclusively breastfeeding. Her son is 2 weeks older than mine so I had 2 weeks to cross my fingers and hope that the rreason she got her period back was the mini-pill (I had my tubes tied) but no such luck!

K.A.

answers from San Diego on

You can get your period back while nursing exclusively. With my first 2 I didn't get it back until around the 6 month mark. With my third I had spotting on and off then a full on period come 6 weeks. They continued regularly ever since. All 3 were exclusively breastfed, no supplements, no pacifiers, no bottles, no pumping, on demand. No idea why the third time was different.

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A.K.

answers from Phoenix on

I'm taking the mini-pill & have lots of breakthrough bleeding.

P.M.

answers from Tampa on

Some women get their period back right away - others won't until baby stops nursing... each time you nurse a new child it's different. I know with my first, I got my period 2 months after my pp bleeding stopped. This time around, I'm still pp bleeding and nursing, so I wonder when this one will start back up again.

M.M.

answers from Tucson on

I had my baby 3 months and 1 week ago. Last week i had a period for 2 days. I am also EBF. I thought this was so wierd. With my second who I also EBF i didnt get my period till 6 months afterwards. I'm not on any BC.

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L.R.

answers from Wausau on

I had this but didn't have a "period" until 7 mo and then not again till 12 mo

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J.L.

answers from Chicago on

While it is common to not get your period while nursing that is not always the case. Sounds normal and this happened to me.

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R.O.

answers from Dover on

it's the mini pill....#1 cause of breakthough bleeding, especially in the begining of starting it. I started mini pill @ about 3-4 postpartum, spotted and stopped pill right away b/c who wants to bleed, again? I also EBF both kids and didn't get my period for 10 months w/1st baby and 8 months w/ second one...Everyone and every time can be different. But, I would blame mini pill!

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S.H.

answers from Honolulu on

I nursed both my kids... and got my period back within 6 months. And my periods were very regular after that.

Or just ask your Doctor.

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