Periods Are Delayed When You Breastfeed — Right?

Last week, I wrote about what I consider to be the best part of breastfeeding — period. It’s really funny to me that while writing the piece, I didn’t really think much about periods, because that particular perk didn’t pan out for me.

You see, I had my first period FOUR MEASLY WEEKS after delivering my baby, in spite of the fact that I was nursing full time. Can someone please tell me where the justice is in that?

My lochia had completely stopped by about 2 weeks postpartum, and I was ready to settle in to months of period-free days. I mean, I was planning to start wearing white, flowing sundresses and run through fields of daisies. It was going to be that good.

Needless to say, I was shocked and appalled when I reached 4 weeks postpartum, and started having what looked and felt like a regular period.

I called my doctor, and he said sometimes that just happens.

According to

The same hormones that make milk suppress the release of reproductive hormones. While breastfeeding full-time most mothers do not ovulate and do not have menstrual periods.

So much for that.

I ended up starting a minipill, and I am now having my second period since having my baby. I am actually kind of bitter about the whole thing, especially when I saw all of your comments on my last post, saying that the delayed period was your favorite part of breastfeeding. I am jealous, ladies, sincerely jealous!

When was your first period after baby? Tell me in the comments!

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