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Is it normal for my period not to come while i am breastfeeding?

7 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Yes: Women generally experience return of their menstrual periods when the baby begins solids and breastfeeding decreases in frequency to every 4-6 hours. Remember that this means return ovulation so make sure you are using contraception.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Women who are breastfeeding may still be able to get pregnant. If a new mom gets pregnant with her first ovulation a few months after delivery, she will not even have a period until after the second baby is born. A urine pregnancy test can tell whether a breastfeeding woman is pregnant or not.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: This is not an unusual situation.
Dr. Paul Trani
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Though it's not recommended as such, breast-feeding your new baby has contraceptive implications for many women. In other words, breast-feeding your baby can allow you the time you and your body need to replenish itself before it's ready for another opportunity to get pregnant. Again, it is not recommended to use as a form of contraception. Just to be clear....
Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 29 years experience
Yes: Yes, because the hormones from your pituitary gland that help you make milk interfere with the rhythmic timing of the hormones that control your periods. However, do not take this to mean that you cannot get pregnant while you are breast feeding simply because your periods haven't restarted! nature has a weird sense of humor.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: It is normal to not have a period while breastfeeding, but don't count on breastfeeding for pregnancy prevention. It is also normal to resume periods while breastfeeding, and ovulating is possible. If your periods start again it might affect milk volume, but it is still great to continue breastfeeding! whether or not you have periods breast milk is still beneficial for you and baby!
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: You may still ovulate without menstruating, however, so don't count on breastfeeding as reliable birth control!

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Will my period go back to normal after breastfeeding?

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Dr. William m Simpson
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Yes: Your period will almost certainly return to "your normal" after you stop breastfeeding. It may take several cycles for your normal to return, but it will, eventually.

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