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When did your period return post childbirth?

(21 Posts)
Cadburyhome Fri 25-Sep-15 15:26:45

Hi Ladies,

My LO is now 10months old and my periods havent returned. I exclusively breastfed until about 6 weeks ago when she self weaned. I'm just trying to gauge how long other people had to wait. I'm keen to get back on the pill, but would like my own cycle established first.

RandomMess Fri 25-Sep-15 15:28:09

You do know that you are fertile before your period don't you???

It varies hugely, I had my periods return after 6 weeks even when exclusively breastfeeding sad

YokoUhOh Fri 25-Sep-15 15:30:06

After 2 and a half years! DS is 3 in November and I've just found out I'm pregnant - I haven't been using any contraception since I started trying for DS over 4 years ago...!

babyiwantabump Fri 25-Sep-15 15:30:46

18 months ish still breastfeeding though - I only had one before getting pregnant again too!

girlandboy Fri 25-Sep-15 15:31:14

4 months with the first, and 3 months with the second. Even though I exclusively breast fed them. I remember feeling rather disappointed!

BumWad Fri 25-Sep-15 15:33:28

First DS (stillborn at 25 weeks) exactly 32 days after giving birth.

Second DS who was exclusively breastfed until 13 weeks, got a period at 11 weeks and again at 15 weeks, looks like the missing period due to breastfeeding doesn't stand for me!

lanbro Fri 25-Sep-15 15:34:16

Mine didn't return before I got pregnant with dd2 when dd1 was 9mo. Planned but wasn't expecting to conceive so quickly so beware!

Muskey Fri 25-Sep-15 15:41:32

Mine returned after a year but I suffer with PCOs which might have affected it

PannaDoll Fri 25-Sep-15 15:43:31

Mine came back at around 14 months after I dropped a middle of the night feed.

Swannykazoo Fri 25-Sep-15 15:43:58

Still no sign at 21 months! BFing quite a lot though....

EsmetheWitch Fri 25-Sep-15 15:46:57

Same as Lanbro, mine didn't return after DD1 and I discovered I was pregnant when she was 12 months blush

LikeSilver Fri 25-Sep-15 16:01:04

Mixed fed DD - 4 months I think?
EBF DS - 7 months (he likes solids!)

Cadburyhome Fri 25-Sep-15 16:58:08

Yep i know i can conceive before it returns. Do you think its a bad idea to start taking the pill before i have a period?

ispyfispi Sun 08-Nov-15 22:53:10

19mo for me although was still breastfeeding. Self weaning under a year is unusual, I wouldn't be surprised if that triggered your cycles to return soon. Not sure on the pill issue but I'm sure a family planning clinic could advise.

Etak15 Sun 08-Nov-15 23:04:17

All dcs breastfed
Dd1 was 9 months when they returned, dd2 18 months (she was a terrible eater!)
Dd3 18 months ish (another constant feeder!)
Ds 8 months (a good eater - and far too interested in everything else going on to want to breastfeed unless he's tired!)
He's 11 months now I've just started on pill last week - contemplated using natural family planning but after a couple of scary times of period being late have headed for the drugs!!

MrsJacksonAvery Sun 08-Nov-15 23:07:39

Breastfeeding and period came back when DD was 6mths after I did controlled crying and DD went a night without feeding.

Purpleboa Thu 12-Nov-15 23:37:09

I'm ebf and 5 months pp. At my 6 week check my gp prescribed me the mini pill, which is apparently safe to use if you're breastfeeding. No period as yet.

MadFestiveGnome Sun 15-Nov-15 10:52:40

6 weeks, despite ebfing.

DefiniteMaybe Sun 15-Nov-15 10:55:59

18 months with dd1 but she fed every 2 hours day and night.
Dd2 was 1 last week and only feeds twice a day and they've still not returned.

CorBlimeyTrousers Sun 15-Nov-15 11:04:51

Talk to your GP but I don't see why you can't start the pill when you haven't had a period yet. It's my understanding that the reason you usually start on day 1 of your period is so you know you're not pregnant and you can only be sure it's working after a week.

My baby is 12 weeks old, I exclusively breast fed for 4 weeks, then mix fed until he was 8 weeks, and formula since then and I haven't had a period yet.

Skiptonlass Mon 16-Nov-15 13:39:16

There's no medical reason to wait until your period returns so if you want to take the pill go ahead smile

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