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Breast-feeding is known to delay your period. This can come as a welcome perk for mothers who wish to delay menstruation even longer than nine months. In a sense, this can be even more frustrating than planned cycles.
Have you heard that breastfeeding is a great form of birth control? If so, you've heard half the story. Here's what every nursing mom needs to know about using breastfeeding as birth control, and other contraception options after Baby.
Back to Pregnancy. If you bottle feed your baby, or combine bottle feeding with breastfeeding, your first period could start as soon as 5 to 6 weeks after you give birth. If you fully breastfeed including at night without any bottle feeding, your periods may not start again until you stop breastfeeding, or until you stop night-time breastfeeding. This is because the hormone that causes your body to make breast milk can stop your body making the hormones that control your periods.
Lactational amenorrhea refers to the natural postpartum infertility that occurs when a woman is not menstruating due to breastfeeding. Many mothers receive conflicting information on the subject of breastfeeding and fertility. Exclusive breastfeeding has in fact been shown to be an excellent form of birth control, but there are certain criteria that must be met for breastfeeding to be used effectively.
Almost anything is considered normal when it comes to your periods while breastfeeding. All women experience a time of postpartum bleeding following birth which is not considered a menstrual period. If bottle-feeding, most mothers will have their first real period not long after this.
Are you a new mom who is breastfeeding, and are you bleeding or experiencing discharge that refuses to stop? Or has it been some time that you had your baby but your monthly periods have not started yet, and you are worried if anything is wrong? If these are questions that have been bothering you, we are here to ease your worries. Once you have been through pregnancy and had your baby, your body still takes a lot of time to adjust and get back to the way it was before, including the way your system works.
Menstruation is connected to fertilitypregnancy, and even breastfeeding. Then, if you decide to breastfeedyour period may stay away for weeks, months, or longer. So, when should you expect your period to return and how will menstruation affect breastfeeding and your baby?
With both of my babies, I got my period back at 9 months postpartum, which means that there were a few months of dealing with having my period and exclusively pumping at the same time. Aside from the hassle of having your period, one thing that many women struggle with is the drop in breast milk supply that can occur at this time — it can be really stressful when your period reduces your milk supply. This drop is caused by hormonal fluctuations.