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    When can nursing mum expect to get their period?

    A friend is breastfeeding her 11 months old baby and her period started today. Is this normal? A lot of nursing mum keep on asking this question. Some mums started having their period after a year and for some almost 15 months after giving birth.
    Last edited by redempta; 4th June 2014 at 06:20 PM.

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    Hello,

    Yes that's normal. Basically, anything is normal when it comes to periods and breastfeeding. 15 months is the average time for it to take for periods to return when a woman is 'ecologically breastfeeding'. This means that she is breastfeeding on demand in the day and night, has not used any formula milk and tends to co-sleep or babywear. All these activities make it more likely that periods will take that bit longer to return. It is nature's way of spacing babies!

    A small percentage of breastfeeding mums will find their periods return even during the first 6 months when they are exclusively breastfeeding.

    With warm wishes,
    LJ

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    Thanks LJ,

    Is it also possible for a nursing mum to get pregnant 3 months after giving birth or earlier than not??


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    It is possible to get pregnant when breastfeeding when your baby is any age (even newborn) although it is very unlikely if you are exclusively breastfeeding (i.e. your baby is 6 months of age or less). Remember that if mum gives her baby anything else other than breastmilk in the first 6 months (which is not ideal) then she is more likely to return to fertility earlier.

    LJ

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