A mom of a 2.5 year old and 9 month old wrote in asking “How long after birth does one’s period return?” I answer her question in today’s new video.
Check with your doctor on this, but my OB-GYN informed me that I could expect my period to come approximately six months after I had stopped exclusively breastfeeding. For some woman, their first menstrual period after birth will come back sooner and for some later. For women that do not breastfeed, experts generally advise that their period will return after approximately six to eight months. Again, though, this can vary greatly from mom to mom.
The introduction of solids and supplementing with formula will greatly impact when your period comes back post baby, advancing the onset of you period.
Can a Period Come and Go While Breastfeeding?
Having gotten pregnant several times while breastfeeding, I do advise breastfeeding moms to take into account that you do not need to get your period to get pregnant. I got pregnant with my second child Lachlan when my first Hedley was only five months old. Exclusively breastfeeding, I had not yet gotten my period.
For more thoughts on the issue, check out my new video and thanks so much for watching. Oh, and weigh in with your own experiences!