Breast-feeding is known to delay your period. This can come as a welcome perk for mothers who wish to delay menstruation even longer than nine months. In a sense, this can be even more frustrating than planned cycles.
Since the s there has been much study of the relationship between breastfeeding and fertility. First, national surveys began to find this relationship. For some breastfeeding mothers, their period returns as early as a few weeks after giving birth and for others it can take years.
Back to Pregnancy. If you bottle feed your baby, or combine bottle feeding with breastfeeding, your first period could start as soon as 5 to 6 weeks after you give birth. If you fully breastfeed including at night without any bottle feeding, your periods may not start again until you stop breastfeeding, or until you stop night-time breastfeeding.
Breastfeedingalso known as nursingis the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman's breast. Deaths of an estimatedchildren under the age of five could be prevented globally every year with increased breastfeeding. Benefits for the mother include less blood loss following delivery, better uterus shrinkage, and decreased postpartum depression.
Almost anything is considered normal when it comes to your periods while breastfeeding. All women experience a time of postpartum bleeding following birth which is not considered a menstrual period. If bottle-feeding, most mothers will have their first real period not long after this.
It has long been recognized that women who breastfeed their children have a longer period of amenorrhea and infertility following delivery than do those women who do not breastfeed. The length of postpartum amenorrhea is quite variable, and depends on several factors, including maternal age and parity, and the duration and frequency of breastfeeding. In general, it would appear that the more frequent and the longer the episodes of breastfeeding, the longer will be the period of anovulation, and the longer the period of infertility.
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Error: This is required. Error: Not a valid value. If you are breastfeeding your baby, your periods may not return for several months after childbirth.
Lactational amenorrhea refers to the natural postpartum infertility that occurs when a woman is not menstruating due to breastfeeding. Many mothers receive conflicting information on the subject of breastfeeding and fertility. Exclusive breastfeeding has in fact been shown to be an excellent form of birth control, but there are certain criteria that must be met for breastfeeding to be used effectively.