October 07, 2006,
S.O. asks from Rogers, AR on October 03, 2006
How Long Does It Take for Your Period to Get Back to Normal After ....
How long does it take for your period to get back on track after having a baby? My son is 9 months old and I just got my first period Sept. 4 since I had him (I've been nursing and still am just at night and in the morning) Today is day 30 and I still haven't seen my period. Does it usually take a few months to get back on track afterwards? If so, how long typically? Thanks a bunch!!
L.J. answers from Columbus on October 04, 2006
It took me a few months to get my period back to normal with both my kids. The longer you nurse the longer you can go with out it. The hormones released when your nursing stops your period so you can nurse longer b/c the hormones that start your period stops your breast milk. It also depends on if your doctor gave you birth control with progestrin in it. It also stop your period and keeps your milk flowing. If you decide to get birth control and you still want to nurse ask your dr. about a progestrin only pill (pop. it will protect you from getting pregnant again but wont stop your milk. Dont worry it'll be back to normal soon enough and you'll miss not having it.
A.E. answers from Memphis on October 03, 2006
J.S. answers from Little Rock on October 03, 2006
usually you don't have a period, or a normal one anyway, when you're breastfeeding. that's why some say you can't get pregnant, but be careful, because you actually still can. i believe you still ovulate, and if you're not breastfeeding much anymore, that's probably why you're starting to have one again.
K.A. answers from Atlanta on October 03, 2006
I think that it depends on if you are breasfeeding or not and how often if you are. I have a little girl that is almost 6 months old and I nursed for 3 weeks and had to stop because of postpartum depression. They put me on antidepressents. After that at my six week check up they put me on a birth control that I hadn't been on before and my cycle went hay wire to say the least. I had three periods in July and in August. The DR. switched me to something else and now it is back to normal.
J.P. answers from Memphis on October 03, 2006
Usually while breastfeeding you won't have a period or a normal cycle at all. Definitely ask dr. for birth control. Once you stop breast feeding you will start your periods like normal but until then it is sporatic if at all.
F.F. answers from Atlanta on October 04, 2006
I agree with the other moms- while you are nursing, you will not much of a cycle if any at all.
When talking to your doctor about birth control, make sure you tell him/her if you wish to continue to nurse. Once you go back on birth control pills, that will decrease your milk production. I have heard the mini-pill does not affect it as significantly.
With my first daughter, I had enough milk for 3 babies- but as soon as I went back on birth control, it practically went away!
B.A. answers from Chattanooga on October 03, 2006
I breastfed both of my children for 10 months or so and did not have a regular period for about that long and then it tooka while to get regular after that. I would advise birth control if you aren't planning on any more kids now, though! That will also help regulate your period.
S.H. answers from Memphis on October 07, 2006
Hey S. this is S.. I always heard that if your breastfeeding you wont have one so just talk to your doctor if you are worried. It might take months for your period to kick in.
T.B. answers from Knoxville on October 05, 2006
They say that as long as your nursing you wont have a period...but when you start to slack off on nursing some, it may cause you to have a period. I breast fed both of my children for 9 months each and didn't have a period for those whole 9 mos, both times..it was great! So dont feel that anything is wrong with you..it's just the breastfeeding that causes you not to have a period. Good Luck! T.
S.A. answers from Savannah on October 03, 2006
I agree with the others mothers that usually when you are breastfeeding you do not have a normal cycle. My son was unable to breastfeed due to a digestion problem; therefore, may period started exactly 6 weeks after his birth.
Good luck and YES remember to ask your Dr for birth control.
V.W. answers from Nashville on October 04, 2006
When mine started back it was like 35 days between periods. With you still breasfeeding it could throw it out of wack. Enjoy this time of being periodless :) Just remember to use some sort of birth control unless your ready to be pregnant again.
J. answers from Atlanta on October 04, 2006
Hi. It is normal not to have periods while you are nursing. Your hormones may be getting back to normal since it sounds as if you have cut back on nursing your baby. While I nursed my daughter, I did not have my period. However, after I stopped nursing, my period came back with a couple of months. Hope this helps.
M. answers from Nashville on October 04, 2006
It took several months for mine to gt back on track after both of my children, but it is now like clockwork. On word of caution...my doctor told me that I was much more fertile during the time that it was out of wack. Not sure why, but be careful unless you are ready to welcome another.
S.J. answers from Knoxville on October 04, 2006
I am nursing in the morning and at night also. I have started my period but the first month is was like 7 days and i went over 30 before i started again and it was only 2 days. So my dr. says until you quit nursing that they will not be normal. Even then it will take a few months. Are you takin a pill? i am taking the progestin only pill. When you stop breastfeeding you can get back on the regular pill and your periods will start regulating out. Good luck with the frustrating thing. You never know how to prepare.