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When should nursing mothers expect to get their period?

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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine
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In brief: 1st Menses nursing

Nursing 5-6x's/day for 10 min or more is likely to delay ovulation and menses at least 5-6 mos.
This is used in the poorer areas of the world as a contraceptive, and it works fairly well. Since a woman can conceive while nursing before her first menses occurs. It's wise to use barrier contraception while nursing.

In brief: 1st Menses nursing

Nursing 5-6x's/day for 10 min or more is likely to delay ovulation and menses at least 5-6 mos.
This is used in the poorer areas of the world as a contraceptive, and it works fairly well. Since a woman can conceive while nursing before her first menses occurs. It's wise to use barrier contraception while nursing.
Dr. Andrew Silverman
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Dr. Erin Alward
Some women get their period back with exclusive breastfeeding around 6 months and some women don't have a period the entire time they are breastfeeding. Using this for birth control, as Dr. Silverman mentioned above, is a little more tricky. The amount of breastfeeding and length of time from delivery both make a difference in the effectiveness of breastfeeding as a form of birth control.
Dr. Julian Escobar
Most women ovulate before they get their 1st period after breastfeeding!

In brief: One year

On average most nursing mother regain their periods by one year after the birth of their baby.
The AAP recommends continuing breast feeding for at least a year. Allowing this much time to recover before attempting another pregnancy gives the mother time to regain her best state of health. Absence of periods, however, is no guaranty that one cannot become pregnant.

In brief: One year

On average most nursing mother regain their periods by one year after the birth of their baby.
The AAP recommends continuing breast feeding for at least a year. Allowing this much time to recover before attempting another pregnancy gives the mother time to regain her best state of health. Absence of periods, however, is no guaranty that one cannot become pregnant.
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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