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Postpartum staining

7 September, 2003

Question:

I just had my first baby (7 weeks ago) and finally was able to go to the mikvah 2 nights ago, and this morning I found 2 small red stains on my underwear. The underwear is colored but the part that has the stains is white. I'm using the pill (Pops since im breastfeeding). Am I going to be staining throughout the whole time that I'm taking the pill? What do I do niddah wise? I'm so frustrated.


Answer:

Whether you are niddah or not depends on the size of the stains. If they are clearly less than the size of a dime each, then you are not niddah. If they are closer to the size of a dime, or if you are not sure, then arrange to have them shown to a rabbi.

It is not unusual to have some staining (1) post partum, (2) while breastfeeding and (3) when taking birth control pills, especially in the first few months and especially while using progesterone-only pills. This staining does not necessarily make you niddah. It depends on the size of the stain and where it is found (see the article on stains for explanations and further details). It is thus a very good idea to only wear colored underwear (without a white lining) at this time in your life cycle.


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