Missed Period

by Mary

I have an 8 month who I breastfeed exclusively, including a few feedings at night, and she has also started eating solids.

Four months after she was born my menstrual cycle came back and for three months my cycles have somewhat come on time.

My husband also got a vasectomy done, was confirmed that he was sterile, but I am about a bit over one week late on my period.

I am afraid to do a pregnancy test.

Is this normal? Is there a chance I could be pregnant?

missed period

Comments for Missed period

Jul 31, 2012
Is it normal to miss a period while breastfeeding?
by: Zelda Behr

Good news, you are not pregnant, what you are experiencing is quite normal. It's called Amenorrhea.

This is when your period disappears while breastfeeding. In some cases, it can stay away as long as you breastfeed or as in your case, it can make your period irregular.

Here is some more info on breastfeeding and your period...


Hope this helps and don't hesitate to ask if there is something else.

Dec 21, 2015
by: Anonymous

I'm literally in the same boat except my husband vasectomy needs to be confirmed. Were you pregnant!? This uncertainty is killing me!?

Mar 31, 2016
Breastfeeding missed period
by: Anonymous

I've been exclusively breastfeeding my daughter for 11months now I got my 1st-period last month on the 27th and had protected sex a week after now my period hasn't come this month.

Apr 09, 2016
missed - no period while breastfeeding
by: Mlou

My period came back exactly when my son reached six months (March 10). I have 28 days cycle but until now (April 10) my period didn't come back.

May 06, 2016
missed period while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

So I have been breastfeeding my son for eight months. My period came back instantly after I had him, but he is down to one feeding a day and night feeding. My period is one month late... I'm so afraid to take another test. They've all been negative, but my husband is convinced I'm pregnant. I'll update when I know for sure.

Jul 14, 2016
Missed period while breastfeeding negative pregnancy test
by: Anonymous

My son is about to be 7months this month; we introduced solids the beginning of month six.

I exclusively breastfeed and had my period return when my son was three months. My period came on the 9th of May and again on the 9th of June, this month nothing, and it's now about to be the 15th of July.

I took three pregnancy tests: one on July 4th, one on July 10th and another today all in which say NEGATIVE!

I have sight cramps but no other symptoms. I'm heartbroken and refuse to test again.

What's going on? Why would my period skip this month without any good reason?

May 28, 2017
not ready yet for another pregnancy
by: Anonymous

My son is eight months I started seeing my period 3months after birth.

I'm 28days circle. Suddenly it changes to 35days. I had sex with my husband after which I haven't seen my period this month after 40days.

Aug 27, 2017
Missed period breastfeeding
by: Anonymously

I have an 8-month-old daughter and am giving her breast not the bottle.

She spends much more time breastfeeding at night.

My first period returned after three months, but after that, it continued coming until six months

Now at eight months, my period didn't come.

Is this normal?

I'm waiting for a reply. If anyone can help, is it possible that one period can skip while breastfeeding?

Sep 07, 2017
Hi Anonymously
by: Tracy


Yes, you can skip periods while breastfeeding.

Dec 03, 2017
Not ready for another pregnancy
by: Anonymous

I delivered my child last Sept 20th, and my bleeding stopped, but in the first week of November I bled again, and then it stopped, but after we had sex on Nov 9 I bled again I'm breastfeeding.

My question is this; it's Dec 3rd right now, why haven't I had my menstruation yet.

Jan 13, 2018
by: Anonymous

My baby is 4 1/2 months old I never got a period since the after birth bleeding she is exclusively breastfed I'm so scared, I cant afford another baby right now, I haven't taken a test yet. I'm on birth control but not having a period at all has got me scared please is this normal?

Mar 08, 2018
I'm afraid because I had a c section
by: Anonymous

My period came when my son was just ten months; it arrived 6 of January. This month nothing and it about to be March 9. I took three pregnancy tests: one on February 26, one on March 2 and another today all in which said negative.
I have sight cramps but no other symptoms. I'm heartbroken and refuse to test again.

Mar 06, 2019
late period while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

Hi. I'm a breastfeeding mom; my daughter is 9month old. I got my first period last December after giving birth... since then my period seems later than before I got pregnant, is it normal to have a week delayed while breastfeeding? Thanks.

Jun 10, 2019
I cant be pregnant, can I?
by: Anonymous

I have a 5 month old baby, I was bleeding for three weeks after giving birth this January but my period returned this March and had period twice a month for two consecutive months (march and April) but it became normal the next month (may). Its June now and I'm delayed, I cant be pregnant, can I?

Oct 16, 2019
Missing my period
by: 123 Et

My son is 1 year and 6 month still I am breastfeeding. The last two month there is no menstruation I have taken a pregnancy test it's -very.
So what is that.

Missed Period while Breastfeeding

by Janice
(Ontario, Canada)

My son is almost 10 months old, & I am nursing him exclusively (he won't take a bottle or even a pacifier).

I waited until he was 6 months before I started him on solids, but my period returned about 2 months after he was born, & I have experienced regular monthly periods since. However, my last period was in November, so I have not had a period now in almost 4 months.

I have taken 2 home pregnancy tests, both of which were negative. Is this normal? I'm just wondering if I should see my doctor about the missed periods, or if this is common while breastfeeding. Thanks!

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Mar 18, 2011
missed periods while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

Hi, Janice

It is perfectly normal to have irregular periods and missed periods while you are breastfeeding. This is because of the hormones that are produced at different levels.

Every woman's body responds differently to the hormonal changes, and many ladies do experience irregular periods while nursing. The frequency of nursing will also determine whether you have a period.

The general rule though is that a missed period is considered more normal if:

- You are breastfeeding exclusively (no other foods, cereal)
- You are breastfeeding at least six times per day
- Breastfeeding at least every six hours at night
- Women who carry their babies around with them or who practice co-sleeping, also have higher levels of those hormones that might keep them from menstruating.

I think you should see your doctor just in case; it's better to be safe than sorry...since your baby is not breastfeeding exclusively (he is eating solids)...the missed periods might indicate a different problem.

It's probably a good time now to also think of using some form of birth control.

- Read more on birth control while breastfeeding

- Read more on lactational amenorrhea here

Hope this helps.

Jun 15, 2011
Me Too!
by: Sam

My baby is eight months and is exclusively breastfed (no bottle) though on some solids now. I got my period exactly when he was six months and then again the month after around the same time. Now it's the 8th month; the date has come and gone and no sign of a period.

I'm terrified of even the thought of another pregnancy. We do use protection but have not had many chances in the last months. Still, it takes only the one time to get pregnant. Reading these posts is reassuring to know its normal. I am too scared to get a home pregnancy test just yet.

Sep 13, 2011
Missed period while breastfeeding
by: Catsie

I had the same thing happen to me! I have a 9-month-old baby who I breastfeed. My period came back when he was four months old and has been regular up until now. I took a pregnancy test, and it was negative though.

May 15, 2012
missed period while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

I bled for six weeks after my son was born and it stopped then around the time I usually get my period I got it in February. He was just over two months old, and he is almost four months, and I haven't had a period since but I breastfeed all night and supplement formula in between breastfeeding, so the pattern is breast bottle breast bottle, but I'm a little worried about being pregnant

I did get cramps around the time I usually get my period, but no sign I took six pregnancy tests and all were negative ... But I had the same thing happen when I got pregnant with my son I took test after test for three months before it finally came out positive we thought we were nine weeks, but the ultrasound said I was three months along!

So I'm a little worried we do use protection every time, but there is always that 1% chance it didn't work any advice?

Aug 10, 2014
missed period while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

My baby is three months old; I am exclusively breastfeeding, I saw my period six weeks after he was born. I saw my period last in July, and the following month, I had premenstrual symptom but no period. Could it be that I am pregnant?

Aug 21, 2014
stopped breast feeding and still haven't had a period
by: Anonymous

I had my daughter in March and had my period for about 4weeks, but that's it. And I haven't seen it since I was breastfeeding my daughter for three months after she was born. I'm not breastfeeding anymore and I haven't had a period.

Nov 26, 2014
missed period while breastfeeding
by: abegail yu

Hi! I'm exclusively breastfeeding my four months old baby. I got a period one month after I deliver but is just a bit of blood. Then now I missed my period.

Jun 08, 2015
Omg!! Thank goodness!!
by: Yessi girl

I am exclusively breastfeeding my 10 and a half-month-old baby, and I started getting my period after like the 3rd month, and they have been coming on and off, so I was starting to get a little worried because I didn't get it this month again !! But I feel so much better now after reading this !!

Mar 25, 2016
Missed period
by: Anonymous

My son is 13 months old and is still nursing; I experienced period the first month he was born ( I was on injection) for the first three months I had periods regularly. After the injection was expired, I missed four months and wasn't taking precautions I tested for pregnancy it was negative after that it came back but it was small drops now it has been two months ever since I had period, my son only nurse at night and he sucks the whole night, is this normal?

Nov 03, 2016
missed periods
by: Anonymous

I have a 1year and 3months old boy, I'm still breast feeding him, even though he is now eating almost every solid food.

I started my periods When he turned 8months. last month I missed my period, I decided to take a pregnant test, even I was sure, I wouldn't be pregnant, it was negtive..is this normal or there might be something wrong with my body, I'm not sick though, but I'm curious.

Dec 08, 2016
Pregnant or not
by: Anonymous

My baby is 15 months now, and I had my period after one year after she was born.

I had two cycles... the last two months I have missed my period. I have a history of irregular periods and have done pregnancy test at home, which is negative. Is it normal?

Dec 29, 2016
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had my baby in September and had regular periods, but it's super late for December.

I'm breastfeeding exclusively, anyway and I'm spotting but no regular blood flow. I'm worried could I be pregnant??

Jan 22, 2017
No periods, cramping and white discharge
by: Anonymous

My baby is three months old, and exclusively on breastfeeding, I have been experiencing cramps and white discharge, but no periods it's been one week late and have a negative result on hpt? Does that mean I'm still pregnant?

Jun 19, 2017
by: Anonymous

So Saturday I had sex - it was unprotected ..I just had my daughter on April 29th I was breastfeeding and stopped, and still, hasn't come .. when would it come? I'm freaking out, and he is fixed but how do I know

Jun 19, 2017
by: Anonymous

When should I take a test?
I had my daughter on April 29th, 2017. I was breastfeeding until two weeks ago.

I had sex on Saturday night without protection; he said he's fixed - when should I get my period?

Jun 19, 2017
Prevent an unwanted pregnancy
by: Tracy

Hi Anonymous

A pregnancy test will only be accurate four days after the missed period date, BUT your periods have not yet started?

It takes a while for your hormones to kick in, and for your first period to return after ending the breastfeeding relationship. It may even take another two months before you see your first period.

Please do be advised - your fertility is bound to return and the absence of a period does not necessarily mean that you are infertile.

Please take precautions when intimate, to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

Apr 26, 2018
On a panic mode
by: Anonymous

My baby is 6 months now. Had protected sex in December and got my periods December and January, it since has stopped. I am currently breastfeeding and I'm scared I might be expecting and too scared to take a test

Apr 29, 2018
Re- On a panic mode
by: Tracy


If you had a period in January and you only had sex in December, then, as far as I know, you cannot be pregnant. You will usually not bleed after conception has taken place. The only time you might bleed is at three months when the baby attaches itself firmly to the womb (or obviously if you have had a miscarriage).

So, no I do not think you are pregnant.

May 20, 2018
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have an eight months old baby who is turning on to nine months at the end of May. I am a fully breastfeed mom (no bottle) I don't have a period after giving birth. Except for Bleeding after childbirth almost one and a half months after that, I missed my period until now my baby is going to nine months. Is it normal to missed my period? I am regularly breastfeeding my baby the whole day. I Hope you read it thanks

Missed period this month

I'm a lactating mother, and I have a period for two months and missed period this month, and my pregnancy test is negative on the first day of my missed period.

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Jul 29, 2015
same problem
by: Anonymous

My baby is five months now I remember I had June's period but so far so this I haven't had my period.

I want to know if I am or not; I took a cheap pregnancy test, but you know how that goes. I been cramping for the past six days now and have had nipple tenderness thinking I would start but no.

Menstrual cycle came late more than 34 days

by Marija
(Macedonia, Skopje)

I still breastfeed my son, he is 15 year month old. I got my menstrual cycle when he was 11 months old.

I had regular menstrual bleeding every month, and it was regular coming on 28-32 days. But this month are passed 34 days and still got no menstruation.

I'm not pregnant. My question is, is it possible that the menstrual cycle can late more than 34 days when will come once during breastfeeding, is it possible not to come for two or three months and start again if were three months passed.



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Sep 25, 2013
Irregular periods
by: Anonymous

It has long been told that as long as you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby, you cannot get pregnant; this is an inaccurate statement. While high prolactin levels (the hormone that is in charge of milk production) can inhibit fertility, you can ovulate before you have a period and still get pregnant.

High prolactin levels can also throw off the body's "regular" cycle. Some days your baby may nurse more than others, and this can change your prolactin levels. This change can lead to irregular periods.

Your periods should regulate once your baby decides to wean, and this by itself is not usually a medical concern.


Tracy Behr

A homeschooling mother of two, breastfeeding helper, and lover of all things natural! Currently studying plant-based nutrition.

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