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breastfeeding and periods...

has anyone not had their period because of breastfeeding and still gotten pregnant? when did you get your period back and was it horrible and painfull when you did? Ive been breastfeeding for 8 months and plan on stopping at 12 months and then want to start trying for the next baby any suggestions or help?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:29 PM on Jan. 11, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • You ovulate about 2 weeks before you bleed, so yes, you can get pregnant before you get your period, and you can get pregnant while breastfeeding.

    As for the severity, it depends on the person. Mine were actually better than before I had been pregnant.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:32 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • i didn't ovulate while i was breastfeeding.. with my first i had my first period when she was 8 months old.. and baby number 2 i didn't have my period until she was 13 months..

    Answer by emturner at 7:34 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • I didn't get a period while breastfeeding. I stopped breastfeedling at 11 months, exactly a month later I had the worst period of my life! It wasn't painful, it was just VERY heavy. (Sorry TMI) As for suggestions on getting pregnant, I can't give you any cause I"m having no luck myself. :( Good luck!


    Answer by teddybear515 at 7:39 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Ovulation and breastfeeding -

    Hope the link helps - I've nursed all 5 of ours. My first I got my period at 8 months, got pg the next month. My 2nd I got my period at 7 months, got pg at 13 months, miscarried, got my period 3 months later, got pg the next month. With my 3rd got my period back at 6  months. Don't remember with my 4th. With my 5th I got my period back at 7 months. So far mine have not been horrible or painful, aside from the normal.


    Answer by DebateandRelate at 8:58 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • Yes you can get pregnant while breastfeeding. Especially if night feedings have dramatically slowed or have stopped or after solids are introduced and baby is eating less.

    My periods returned as follows

    1st baby-15 months
    2nd baby-15 months
    3rd baby-17 months
    4th baby- hasn't yet returned and she is 13 months

    I have noticed they tend to be a little heavier when they first return.

    Answer by SmileyMoo at 10:22 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

  • i didn't get my period back until my daughter was 15 months old and 2 months later i was pregnant again.
    breastfeeding exclusively(no solids, no bottles, etc) can be a very effective form of birth control but it's not 100%.
    more info:

    Answer by heatherama at 11:35 PM on Jan. 11, 2009

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