View Poll Results: When did your fertility/period return?
While exclusively breastfeeding round-the-clock. 13 38.24%
While exclusively breastfeeding, but after night-weaning. 3 8.82%
While still breastfeeding, but after night-weaning and introduction of solids. 3 8.82%
While breastfeeding, after the introduction of solids, but not night-weaned. 5 14.71%
Not until completely weaned. 8 23.53%
Other (please explain). 2 5.88%
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If you breastfed...

I'm posting this here instead of P&P because I'm hoping to get more replies for my poll.

If you breastfed your child(ren), when did your fertility/period return?

Thanks in advance for any replies!
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@ 6 weeks--in fact it was finishing up just in time for my 1st pp appt. .
It didn't return while breastfeeding...not til I weaned. While breastfeeding my 3rd, I was trying and trying to conceive, but nothing...which was very odd for me because I had always been a once-and-pregnant type of woman. My daughter weaned at 19 months, and I got pregnant the first cycle after weaning. I had only been nursing once or twice a day at that point, but apparently it was enough to keep me from getting pregnant.

ETA: I got my period back at around 10 months each time, but they apparently weren't fertile periods.

ETA: I didn't start solids til my kids were about a year old, but they nightweaned early...before 2-3 months of age.

Last edited by RedCatWaves; 09-04-2008 at 10:09 AM.
First time - period returned at 9 months. I don't know if I was fertile at the time b/c we weren't trying. I nursed until DD was 17 months. I found out I was pregnant at 18 months.

This time, it's been 9 months of bf and I 'm trying to make it until a year. I haven't gotten my period yet. I don't know if I'm fertile but we don't want anymore kids.

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I already got a few replies, before I even finished the poll!

Solomon's almost a year and still nothing. I breastfeed him on demand around the clock. He does eat some solids, but not a whole lot and his nursing hasn't really decreased. I don't really want to night-wean, but I'm getting baby fever and want to TTC soon - we'd love to have Solomon and the next baby be 2 years apart.
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I nursed DD for a year (although I was mostly pumping for the last couple months). I didn't get my period until after I quit pumping/nursing entirely. DD started cereal at 6 months and was eating solids by her first birthday.
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no night weaning. not breastfeeding on demand all the time but 1/2 the day with 1/2 day pumping 1 - 2x a day. came back around 3-4 months post partum.
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I nursed both my kids, round the clock, no bottles, but they took a pacifier. In both cases, I got my period (and I assume my fertility) back at 4.5 months.

I totally got cheated.


If I remember correctly, I was without my period for ALMOST exactly a year and 9 months from the time I got pregnant, so it was just before my daughter's first birthday when it returned. She had been on solid foods (we did BLW, so no cereals or purees) since she was 9 months old. Right now I still BF her 3-4 times a day/night (mostly comfort nursing for naps and the like), but my cycles are regular again. At first they were like 45 days, then they slowly whittled a few days off each time until I was back to around 28-30.
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I already got a few replies, before I even finished the poll!

Solomon's almost a year and still nothing. I breastfeed him on demand around the clock. He does eat some solids, but not a whole lot and his nursing hasn't really decreased. I don't really want to night-wean, but I'm getting baby fever and want to TTC soon - we'd love to have Solomon and the next baby be 2 years apart.
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This thread is interesting, because my fiancee' and I were thinking about having another baby 2 years after this one comes along. I hadn't really considered the fact that BF can impact my fertility.
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I responded to the poll.

At the time i was still on maternity leave and (therefore) I was still exclusively nursing.
With Ben I got my period back at 3 months, with Nadia at 4.5. Both were bf round the clock, except for a bottle of expressed BM every couple of days. Both had not had solids.
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Both kids didn't return until around 11 months. Started solids later with baby #2 than the first. R was around 5 months for sollids, E was around 7 or 8.
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both times, my period returned around 3-3.5 months post partum. and that was with exclusively breastfeeding. and it came with a normal flow, heavy days and all. nothing had changed.

this is how unreliable the breastfeeding/birthcontrol theory is, from my observation.

my girlfriend breastfed her first baby, supplementing with formula starting at 5 months or so about 40% of the time. she didn't get her period back until well after the baby turned 1. her period came back just before she decided to wean him (18 months?).

with her second baby, her period came back 2 months post partum, exclusively breastfeeding. she arrived at my home asking for a change of clothing because she never thought that at 2 months post partum she needed to arm herself with pads. as she was changing, she confessed to me that she didn't think she could ovulate while breastfeeding and confessed that breastfeeding her first baby (even though she was supplementing with formula) was their only method of birth control. i told her that they didn't know it, but they were playing russian roulette and got really lucky not having 2 pregnancies back to back.

my cousins are brothers and not twins and were born in the same year. granted, i don't know if their mother was nursing or not, but it just shows how soon after a birth another conception can occur.
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My periods returned about a month after I weaned, but with my daugher (#2) it took another 8 months before I got pregnant, and with DS#2 (#3), it took another 10 months.

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My period returned with both kids around 6 months pp, and my breastfeeding experience has been totally different with each of them.

I exclusively pumped with #1 for 8 months and am still breastfeeding #2 who will be 11 months tomorrow.

With #1, I stopped pumping at night when she stopped waking up for a feeding at around 3 months. #2 still nurses once during the night.
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You can plan all you want, but your body is going to do whatever your body wants to do.
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D. was eating a little bit of solids but still nursing a lot. He usually slept through the night, but if he woke up, he'd nurse. I'm still a little shocked I got pregnant, as I never even got a period.
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D. was eating a little bit of solids but still nursing a lot. He usually slept through the night, but if he woke up, he'd nurse. I'm still a little shocked I got pregnant, as I never even got a period.
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I said it before, but I'm so jealous! I'd love to just skip over the period altogether.
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