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Question: Postpartum Menstruation

 shelle339 - Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:42 pm

I gave birth to a 6 pound 2 ounce baby girl in June of 2004. The pregnancy was extremely easy as was the delivery and recovery. I breast fed her for 7 months when she began to wean herself. she is now almost 8 months old, i haven't nursed her for over two weeks, but i still have not had a period. is this normal?
 Kathy C, RN - Sun Feb 13, 2005 11:13 am


Return of periods after childbirth

The length of time before a woman’s periods return following pregnancy is largely influenced by whether she is breastfeeding or not. The hormone that stimulates milk production, prolactin, also inhibits ovulation and the return of menstruation. Therefore, women who are fully breastfeeding may not menstruate for months or until breastfeeding ends. The return of menstruation in nursing mothers depends upon the frequency and duration of feeding and whether the feeding is supplemented. Generally, women who are not breastfeeding will resume normal menstrual cycles between four to eight weeks following delivery.

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