If you bottle feed or partially breastfeed your baby, your periods may return as soon as 3 weeks after having your baby. Once they do return, your periods may be irregular, especially if you are still producing milk (lactating). The duration of your period can also change.
Are irregular periods normal while breastfeeding?
If you begin menstruating again while you’re breastfeeding, you may experience spotting and irregular periods and wonder what’s going on. It’s completely normal to have inconsistent cycles when you’re breastfeeding a baby, and you can chalk it up to the same hormones that caused amenorrhea.
Can breastfeeding affect menstrual cycle?
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. While some women don’t get periods at all during the months they nurse, some get them irregularly. In a sense, this can be even more frustrating than planned cycles.
How long does it take for period to regulate after breastfeeding?
Your period will typically return about six to eight weeks after you give birth, if you aren’t breastfeeding. If you do breastfeed, the timing for a period to return can vary. Those who practice exclusive breastfeeding might not have a period the entire time they breastfeed.
How irregular are periods after breastfeeding?
Yes. Typically, your periods after breastfeeding will be irregular. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, our hormone levels are fluctuating. This can mean it takes our body some extra time to find its natural pre-pregnancy rhythm and return to our normal cycle.
What are the signs of pregnancy while breastfeeding?
The symptoms of early pregnancy are also very similar to those of PMS, so it can be a little confusing – especially if you have been experiencing irregular cycles after giving birth.
However, some symptoms of becoming pregnant while breastfeeding include:
- Missed/late period.
- Sore breasts.
Can breastfeeding affect pregnancy test?
Many mothers wonder whether breastfeeding will affect the reliability of pregnancy tests. It does not — pregnancy tests measure the amount of the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in blood or urine, and hCG levels are not affected by breastfeeding.
How long does it take for your cycle to regulate?
A menstrual cycle is counted from the first day of bleeding in one month to the first day of bleeding in the next month. The average menstrual cycle is about 28 days, but cycles that are 21–45 days also are normal. It may take 6 years or more after your period starts for your cycle to get regular.