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EBF - When did you get your period back?

  • poll: When did you get your period back if your baby is/was EBF?
    before 6 months pp : (22 votes)
    29 %
    between 6-12 months pp : (21 votes)
    27 %
    after 12 months (do tell when!) : (34 votes)
    44 %
  1. misolee

    persimmon / 1146 posts

    I EBF both of mine until 14-15 months.
    Period came back at 6 months both times

  2. Dahlia

    clementine / 843 posts

    16 months, just a few weeks after I weaned her.

  3. MrsKRB

    nectarine / 2418 posts

    I stopped pumping during the day at 14 months and got my period back a month later, still breastfeeding about 2x night at at almost 18 months.

  4. Raspberry

    kiwi / 551 posts

    4 months, coincided with DS starting to sleep through the night and my supply tanking.

  5. MsBAM

    cherry / 239 posts

    I think I got mine about 3 months postpartum even while EBF. I was disappointed to say the least, lol!

  6. littleblessings

    pear / 1737 posts

    DD 1- never skipped a period
    DS - returned 8 months PP
    DD 2- never skipped a period

  7. maddyz

    persimmon / 1200 posts

    Lo1 just shy of 4 months
    Lo2 just shy of 5 months

  8. lilteacherbee

    cantaloupe / 6791 posts

    11 months with DS1 and 10 months with DS2. DD is almost 7 months and nothing yet, so I'm hoping I have a few more months.

  9. meadow

    clementine / 918 posts

    15 months - I was still nursing. AF returned almost exactly 4 weeks after LOs stopped nursing overnight. At 15 months they were nursing 2x per day (morning and bedtime) and shortly after we reduced to just bedtime then weaned at 16 months.

    I was amazed at how STTN impacted my hormones!

  10. Kitkat

    apricot / 289 posts

    After 12 months I cut down to nursing just in the morning and before bed, and my period came back about a month later (so 13 month pp). Then I immediately got knocked up again, lol.

  11. Mama Bird

    nectarine / 2829 posts

    About 16 months. My body doesn't switch gears until I drop every last feeding.

  12. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23496 posts

    @meadow: lol, your body is like alright, you're sleeping again, so you can handle periods again

  13. skipra

    pomegranate / 3350 posts

    LO1: would have returned around 11.5 months but I got pregnant

    LO2: 14 months

    LO3: is currently 14 months and still hasn't returned. (still bf a couple times during the day and overnight)

  14. LAZB

    GOLD / nectarine / 2895 posts

    DD: 10.5 months
    DS: still waiting at 13 months, but I’m tandem feeding, so I think that has something to do with it

  15. hellobeeboston

    cantaloupe / 6918 posts

    I didn't get my period back until I 100% weaned each kid. With LO 1 it was 10 months pp, and with LO 2 I nursed until about 13 months old, and period came back a few weeks after I stopped, when he was 14months.

  16. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23496 posts

    I just wanted to come back an updated that DD2 is 16.5 months and I got my period back! She still nurses. This totals to me not having a period for 25.5 months total I forget how much this monthly visitor sucks!

  17. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1208 posts

    After LO1, I got pregnant at 16 months postpartum, without having a period beforehand. I was still breastfeeding and had just started going to a reproductive acupuncturist to get things going again since we wanted to try. After LO2, I don’t have any signs yet at 11 months PP and breastfeeding.

  18. Iced Tea

    persimmon / 1208 posts

    @snowjewelz: haha, it does suck. I’m pretty thrilled that I’ve had so few periods in the last four years.

  19. snowjewelz

    wonderful kiwi / 23496 posts

    @Iced Tea: I almost want to just get pregnant again lol! I always have heavy/painful periods.... I’m considering even going back on the pill. I’ve turned into the whiniest baby about this lol!

  20. Boopers

    pear / 1524 posts

    LO1: right before he turned a year old
    LO2: I just got it at 7 months pp 😫

  21. Mrs. Goose

    pear / 1703 posts

    8 months with #1. No signs of returning now at 9.5 months pp with #2. Very weird as they have similar infrequent nursing habits and both night weaned themselves by 4 months.

  22. Amorini

    persimmon / 1081 posts

    @snowjewelz: Just realizing this is an old post but I didn’t get my period back until 16 months, a full 4 months after I stopped pumping during the day. (DS still nurses before daycare and before bedtime at 18 months.) After all that time, I was expecting that first PP period to be a gory nightmare but it so wasn’t!

  23. pachamama

    pear / 1551 posts

    I had to 100% wean to get my period back, at 15 months. Even the five minutes i was nursing at night was preventing it.Period came 3 weeks later I believe. It really broke my heart. I remember sobbing the last time I fed. Baby didn't care. But I wanted to get pregnant which I did my second cycle back.

  24. avivoca

    watermelon / 14458 posts

    6 months with DD1.
    8 months with DD2.

    It's pretty awful now. Not super heavy, but extremely painful for the first couple of days.

  25. psw27

    grapefruit / 4966 posts

    Had to totally wean with both kids. DS1 I got it about 14 months PP, 1 month after I quit pumping/nursing. DS2... just quit pumping and nursing so I'm in limbo waiting for it. Ugh.


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