when would you expect periods to return after BF?

(17 Posts)
chickensandbees Mon 18-Nov-13 12:12:00

So I fed DD for 2.5 years and stopped completely about 2 months ago. Prior to this we had only been BF 3-4 times a week, sometime not for 3 days + in row. Shoudl they have come back by now? Is this unusual?

I have booked a GP appointment for next week but wanted to know if anyone had a similar experience?

Jiltedjohnsjulie Mon 18-Nov-13 12:41:37

Mine came back whilst still bfing both times. Have you called one of the helplines? They may be able to give you some information smile

thezoobmeister Wed 20-Nov-13 05:51:01

It's bfing with no long gaps that keeps periods away. With my two DDs I found that regularly going longer than say 9 hours without a bf brought my period on within a couple of weeks.

Since DD1 didn't sleep til she was 2, and DD1 (15 months) still doesn't, I guess I could have easily gone a few years without a period if it wasn't for work!

Apparently this is why bf is an effective contraceptive in societies where they bf on demand for several years.

WaitingForMe Wed 20-Nov-13 06:03:50

Mine came back seven weeks after giving birth. BFing a one year old as I type angry

failingmammalian Wed 20-Nov-13 06:13:10

I bf for eight months and no sign of period until she was 10mths...

BlackberrySeason Wed 20-Nov-13 06:24:52

8%of bf mums don't get their AF back until later than 24 months post partum. DS was 25 months when mine came back.

slightlygoostained Wed 20-Nov-13 06:35:14

How long is a long gap though? I regularly go 9 hours plus w/o feeding DS, who is 15 months, and went 4 days recently while away. No periods have appeared. Does starting to feed frequently again after a break stop things in their tracks, or does it not work like that?

I don't want to wean DS - was hoping to carry on till at least 2, ideally until he weans of his own accord. But I'm 42, and would like another, so time isn't really in my favour.

leedy Wed 20-Nov-13 11:32:48

I think it really varies from person to person. Mine came back at 8 months with DS2 and 5 months with DS1, both times while still breastfeeding quite a lot.

TheOod Wed 20-Nov-13 11:55:47

7months with ds, 10 months with dd3, 4 months with dd1( after going back to work). Ds was still feeding v regularly the others had cut feeds though not very long between.

willyoulistentome Wed 20-Nov-13 11:57:55

Mine came back at 6 months. I was still feeding, but DS1 had just dropped a feed, so I guess I was producing less. Can't remember with DS2. Everything was more of a blur.

littleducks Wed 20-Nov-13 12:07:05

It varies hugely. My sil didn't have periods for years, but did fall pg without her period returning.

I exclusively bfed twice and once it came back while I was still feeding at about 9 months but the other time much sooner.

ThisIsMeNow Wed 20-Nov-13 12:13:24

Mine came back at 5/6 weeks after dd was born.
She was ebf and didn't sleep through so no gaps in feeding.

cupoftchai Wed 20-Nov-13 21:01:49

17 months here, still bfeeding at night and in day if not at work. Back to work at 12 months.

GEM33 Fri 22-Nov-13 16:12:07

Good question. Still not had a period and dd is 2 next month. Still feeding every hour through the night though.

HoratiaDrelincourt Fri 22-Nov-13 16:34:24

I'll be annoyed if I don't get a clear year again. After DC1 it was 14m, after DC2 I forced night weaning temporarily to get them back at 16m (to TTC).

So yes, I'm hoping for no unwelcome visitor until 2015 grin

I definitely think it is to do with going long stretches, preferably 12 hours, overnight that does it for me. I know some people who've got them back after 4-8 weeks whilst ebf but they are the exception.

cupoftchai Fri 22-Nov-13 21:04:25

Mine didn't come back when we tried to night wean: I spent a week, maybe 2 spending 3 or 4 nights at a time sleeping in lounge while dh soothed little one back to sleep... Then we gave up! They came back when we all went on hol, I relaxed, dh and I were spending more time together... Basically sex drive took massive leap and periods returned right after.
Still night feeding though...

NewBlueShoesToo Fri 22-Nov-13 21:10:49

5 minutes before a smear test. Nightmare. Having organised granny to have the children and eventually found a parking slot at the surgery the nurse was running half an hour late.

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