If you are breastfeeding your baby, your periods may not return for several months after childbirth. This is because the hormone that causes you to make milk, prolactin, also stops you from ovulating and having your period.
How long does breastfeeding stop your period?
According to The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (p. 364-366), almost everyone who is fully breastfeeding their babies will be free of menstrual periods for 3 – 6 months or longer. This is called lactational amenorrhea.
Why did I get my period if I am breastfeeding?
If you are breastfeeding, you may ovulate as early as 10 weeks after giving birth. Your period would then start two weeks later, around 12 weeks after giving birth. Or it may be over a year before you start ovulating again, and your periods return.
Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding and no period?
The absence of menstrual periods makes pregnancy unlikely, however, ovulation (egg release) can occur before the start of menstruation. So don’t assume that you are protected (safe) because you haven’t had a menstrual period. You can become pregnant, while breastfeeding, before you resume menstrual periods.
Will starting my period affect breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding while on your period is perfectly safe for you and your baby. Your breast milk is still healthy and nutritious. But hormone changes leading up to your period can affect your milk and feeding pattern for a few days.
When do periods return after delivery?
Your period will typically return about six to eight weeks after you give birth, if you aren’t breastfeeding. If you do breastfeed, the timing for a period to return can vary. Those who practice exclusive breastfeeding might not have a period the entire time they breastfeed.
Can I get pregnant when breastfeeding?
The simple answer is that you can get pregnant while nursing. However, many moms experience a time of delayed fertility during breastfeeding. This is very common and is referred to in many places as the Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM) of contraception.
What are symptoms of pregnancy while breastfeeding?
Pregnant while breastfeeding symptoms
- Missed/late period.
- Sore breasts.
Is it normal to have a heavy period while breastfeeding?
Heavy periods while breastfeeding are very common. Especially if this is your first period after months of not having one.
How is the first period after breastfeeding?
Parents who bottle-feed, or do a combination of breastfeeding and bottle feeding, may get their periods as soon as five weeks after giving birth. When you breastfeed full-time, your body produces more prolactin — the hormone that helps you produce milk for your baby. That hormone also stops your period from coming.
Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding a 1 year old?
While you can get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding, but moms who breastfeed exclusively tend to experience a delay in the return of their fertility (known as lactational amenorrhoea).
Does breastfeeding make it harder getting pregnant?
Whether you’re considering having another little one as soon as possible or you’re going to wait, it is important to know how breastfeeding affects your fertility. Exclusive breastfeeding can temporarily delay your fertility postpartum, making it more difficult (but not impossible) to get pregnant while nursing.