If you are breastfeeding your baby, your periods may not return for several months after childbirth. This is because the hormone that causes you to make milk, prolactin, also stops you from ovulating and having your period. If you are breastfeeding day and night, it can be up to a year before your period returns.
How long can you go without a period while breastfeeding?
According to The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (p. 364-366), almost everyone who is fully breastfeeding their babies will be free of menstrual periods for 3 – 6 months or longer. This is called lactational amenorrhea.
How can I get my period back while breastfeeding?
You are more likely to get your period back sooner if:
- Choose not to breastfeed.
- Breastfeed, but not exclusively.
- Use a bottle for some feedings.
- Have a baby who starts sleeping through the night.
- Start giving your child solid foods.
- Begin to wean your child.
Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding and no period?
Yes, it’s possible to get pregnant any time from about three weeks after giving birth. This is true even if you’re breastfeeding and haven’t had a period yet. Many women are less fertile while they’re breastfeeding, especially in the early weeks and months.
How do you tell if you’re pregnant while breastfeeding?
Pregnant while breastfeeding symptoms
- Missed/late period.
- Sore breasts.
Is it normal to not have a period 10 months after having a baby?
You likely won’t have a period while you’re breastfeeding, at least not for a few months. To produce breast milk, your brain produces higher levels of the hormone prolactin. This typically means you won’t ovulate (your ovaries won’t release eggs). So you likely won’t have periods.
How long after breastfeeding does period start?
Parents who bottle-feed, or do a combination of breastfeeding and bottle feeding, may get their periods as soon as five weeks after giving birth. When you breastfeed full-time, your body produces more prolactin — the hormone that helps you produce milk for your baby. That hormone also stops your period from coming.
Can a breastfeeding mother get pregnant?
Getting pregnant while breastfeeding is possible. Although breastfeeding inhibits ovulation to some extent, you can still ovulate and become pregnant before you get your first period after birth.
Why is it hard to get pregnant while breastfeeding?
However, if you choose to breastfeed, you may not see the return of your period and your fertility for much longer. Breastfeeding can delay the return of your menstrual cycle (including ovulation) and therefore your ability to get pregnant again for a while.
Can I ovulate but have no period?
While ovulation and periods naturally go together, it is possible to ovulate without having a period. This often occurs for women with irregular periods. Conversely, it is possible to experience monthly bleeding with no ovulation. However, that bleeding is not a normal period and results from an anovulatory cycle.
Can you get a false negative pregnancy test if you are breastfeeding?
Therefore, it is possible for a woman’s cycle to be irregular initially, even though she used to have a regular cycle before. For that reason, some women may think they are pregnant, when their period is late. So, it is possible for the pregnancy test to be negative.