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What determines when my period will return while breastfeeding? Baby is 8 mo. Still no period, but recently started having menstrual-like cramps/bloat
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Dr. Alison Stuebe
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Feeding frequency
Several things seem to affect when your period comes back.
Moms who breastfeed more frequently and who are thinner generally get their periods back later than moms who are heavier. It's important to use birth control after the first 6 months, because you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

In brief: Feeding frequency
Several things seem to affect when your period comes back.
Moms who breastfeed more frequently and who are thinner generally get their periods back later than moms who are heavier. It's important to use birth control after the first 6 months, because you can get pregnant before your period comes back.
Dr. Alison Stuebe
Dr. Alison Stuebe
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Dr. Hector Chapa
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Breastfeeding/menses
Hello, first- congratulations on the birth of your child.
The lack of a cycle during breastfeeding (lactational amenorrhea) is very normal/expected. It is the result of breastfeeding on the ability of your ovaries to ovulate. It is not unusual for lack of cycles to be as long as 1-2 years, assuming you are breastfeeding solely. Remember, don't use breastfeeding as birth control!

In brief: Breastfeeding/menses
Hello, first- congratulations on the birth of your child.
The lack of a cycle during breastfeeding (lactational amenorrhea) is very normal/expected. It is the result of breastfeeding on the ability of your ovaries to ovulate. It is not unusual for lack of cycles to be as long as 1-2 years, assuming you are breastfeeding solely. Remember, don't use breastfeeding as birth control!
Dr. Hector Chapa
Dr. Hector Chapa
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
In brief: Not unusual
Breastfeeding mothers often do not have periods, and when they do, they are usually irregular.

In brief: Not unusual
Breastfeeding mothers often do not have periods, and when they do, they are usually irregular.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Dr. Gregory Hines
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