View Poll Results: How long before AF returned while BFing?
Right away, 0-2 mths 9 8.33%
3-6 months 14 12.96%
6-9 months 22 20.37%
9-12 months 25 23.15%
12-18 months 21 19.44%
other, please explain 17 15.74%
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:45 AM   #11
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I'm an other, no AF since July 4, 2003.

preggo with DS, born 2/25/06, BFed, got preggo with DD before AF, DD born 8/24/05, still BFing @ 15 months w/no AF

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Old 12-20-2006, 05:48 AM   #12
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Mine returned after about 11 months. I think it depends on when they start eating more solids and nursing less. At least this is when it happened with my ds.
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:04 AM   #13
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Re: EBF mamas: How long before AF returned?

I said 6-9, but that is kind of off. I had a very small something at 4 months when DS was in the hospital for a few days He had sedation and then general ana. Within 1.5 weeks. So, I had to pump and that made AF come back for about 3 days. (I dont' really count that b/c it was due to pumping!) Then at 6.5 mo I had one for about a week, but nothing since then. and he will be 8 mo in 2 days!
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Old 12-20-2006, 06:31 AM   #14
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dd is 7 1/2 mths still no sign of af! i work ft too, so i pump
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Re: EBF mamas: How long before AF returned?

Ds bf for 15 months and af came back the day he turned 9 months. Dd is STILL nursing and it came back when she was about 15 months.
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17 months exactly.
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Re: EBF mamas: How long before AF returned?

with DD, who was barely even eating solids at the time, it came back at 10 months and was immediately regular. but i had spotting for about three months before that and had felt it was on its way during that time.

with DS, my first PPAF was at 15 months - but it wasn't much of an AF compared to what i was used to (very low flow). Then i had the longest cycle i've ever had - almost 2 months - which caused me to freak out and think i might be pg. and literally the day when i was going to finally break down and buy a pg test, i got AF. that was last week, and DS will be 17 months next week. this one was more "typical" and i have a feeling i will be regular from here on out (famous last words).

part of the reason i think it took longer to come back the second time was that i was tandem nursing for the first 10 months. and DS does nurse more at night sometimes than he does during the day because he's so busy. DD never went more than 2 or 3 hours during the day w/out nursing, even at 15 months, but usually only nursed once or twice during the night. and i've read that weaning at night is a good way to bring AF back if you are trying to bring it back.

so not only is every person different, it can sometimes be different with every kid.

and then there are people who get AF back even when exclusive BF'ing around the clock at like 3 months, and others who don't get it back until their kid isn't nursing *at all* - even if the kid is 4 and only nurses 2x a week.
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:15 AM   #18
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I voted other. Twice now I have gotten pregnant before I got my period so...I couldn't tell you.

With my twins I nursed them for 14 months and got pregnant on month 14 with my third dd.

With my fourth dd I nursed her for 11 months and got pregnant on month 8 with this one.

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Just got over my first PP AF and DS just turned 18 months. Of course, he's not nursing nearly as much as he used to, but still 1-3x a day and 2-4x overnight.
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I haven't seen AF since April of 2005! My son will be 1 in 2 weeks!
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