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Monthly periods & early ovulation, fully breastfeeding

16 January, 2018

Question:

I am fully nursing my 5 month old baby––I am not supplementing, only nursing, and upsettingly, I get my period monthly. Also, what I'm concerned about is that I get my period only 11 days after I ovulate (I do ovulation tests for 2 months now, and both times I've got my period 11 days after ovulation:)
My questions are:
1. Is there a reason for both, getting my period despite exclusively breastfeeding, and for getting my period sooner than 14 days after ovulation?
2. Is there something I can do to nurse clean?


Answer:

Mazal tov on the recent birth of your baby!

While some women are able to nurse clean, many women will resume menstruating postpartum despite fully breastfeeding. As frustrating as your situation seems, it is normal and common. Unfortunately, there are some things that are beyond our control. Aside from using hormonal contraception, we are not aware of any method to avoid getting your period.

Ovulation usually takes place 12-16 days before your next period. It is possible that your hormones are still a bit unsettled after birth and while breastfeeding. If you are concerned you can speak to your doctor, but this may change as your body settles back to its normal hormonal level.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

B'Hatzlacha!


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