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Missed Period


by Mary
(Edmonton)

I have an eight-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 my cycles have somewhat come on time for three months.

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

I am afraid to do a pregnancy test.

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

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Comments for a Missed period

July 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...

https://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breastfeeding-and-menstruation/

I hope this helps, and don't hesitate to ask if there is something else.


December 21, 2015
Help!
by: Anonymous

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


March 31, 2016
Breastfeeding missed period
by: Anonymous

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


April 09, 2016
Missed - no period while breastfeeding
by: Mlou

My period came back when my son reached six months (March 10). I have 28 days cycle, but until now (April 10), my period hasn'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 you when I know for sure.


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

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

I exclusively breastfed and had my period return when my son was three months. My period came on May 09 and again on June 09, a month of nothing, and it's now about to be July 15.

I took three pregnancy tests: one on July 04, one on July 10, and another today all of which say NEGATIVE!

I have slight 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 3 months after birth.

I have a 28-day circle. Suddenly it changes to 35 days. I had sex with my husband, but I haven't seen my period this month after 40 days.


August 27, 2017
Missed period breastfeeding
by: Anonymously

I have an 8-month-old daughter and am giving her breasts, not the bottle. She spends much more time breastfeeding at night.

My first period returned after three months, but 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 you can skip a period while breastfeeding?


September 07, 2017
Hi Anonymously
by: Tracy

Hi. Yes, you can skip periods while breastfeeding.


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

I delivered my child last September 20, and my bleeding stopped, but in the first week of November, I bled again, and then it stopped, but after we had sex on November 09, I bled again while breastfeeding.

My question is this; it's December 03 right now. Why haven't I had my menstruation yet?


January 13, 2018
Ebb
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 can't afford another baby right now, and I haven't taken a test yet. I'm on birth control, but not having a period has scared me. Please, is this normal?


March 06, 2019
late period while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

Hi. I'm a breastfeeding mom; my daughter is 9 months 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 be a week delayed while breastfeeding? Thanks.


June 10, 2019
I can't 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 I had a period twice a month for two consecutive months (March and April), but it became normal the next month (May). It's June now, and I'm delayed. I can't be pregnant, can I?


October 16, 2019
Missing my period
by: 123 Et

I am breastfeeding. My son is one year and six months old. For the last two months, there has been no menstruation. I have taken a pregnancy test. It's negative.
So what is that?


Missed Period while Breastfeeding

by Janice
(Ontario, Canada)

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

I waited until he was six months before I started him on solids, but my period returned about two 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 four months.

I have taken two 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!

Comments for Missed Period while Breastfeeding

March 18, 2011
Missed periods while breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

Hi, Janice

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

Every woman's body responds differently to hormonal changes, and many ladies 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 or who practice co-sleeping also have higher 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

I hope this helps.


June 15, 2011
Me Too!
by: Sam

My baby is now eight months and is exclusively breastfed (no bottle). I got my period 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 use protection but have not had many chances in the last months. Still, it takes only one time to get pregnant. Reading these posts is reassuring to know it's normal. I am too scared to get a home pregnancy test just yet.


September 13, 2011
Missed period while breastfeeding
by: Cassie

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 around when I usually got 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 use protection every time, but there is always that 1% chance it didn't work any advice?


August 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; the following month, I had premenstrual symptoms but no period. Could it be that I am pregnant?


August 21, 2014
Stopped breastfeeding and still haven't had a period
by: Anonymous

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


November 26, 2014
Missed period while breastfeeding
by: Abigail yu

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


June 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 !!


March 25, 2016
Missed period
by: Anonymous

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


November 03, 2016
missed periods
by: Anonymous

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

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


December 08, 2016
Pregnant or not
by: Anonymous

My baby is 15 months old, and I had my period 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 a pregnancy test at home, which is negative. Is it normal?


December 29, 2016
Hello
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 have no regular blood flow. I'm worried. Could I be pregnant??


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

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


June 19, 2017
Help
by: Anonymous

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


June 19, 2017
Help
by: Anonymous

When should I take the test?
I had my daughter on April 29, 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?


June 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 your first period to return after ending the breastfeeding relationship. It may even take another two months before you see your first period.

Please 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.


April 26, 2018
On a panic mode
by: Anonymous

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


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

Hi

If you had a period in January and 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
Curious
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have an eight months old baby who is turning nine months at the end of May. I am a fully breastfed 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 be nine months. Is it normal to miss 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 had a period for two months and missed my period this month, and my pregnancy test was negative on the first day of my missed period.

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July 29, 2015
same problem
by: Anonymous

My baby is five months now. I remember I had June's period, but so far, 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 have been cramping for six days and have had nipple tenderness. Thinking I would start, but no.


The menstrual cycle came late, more than 34 days

by Marija
(Macedonia, Skopje)

I still breastfeed my son. He is 15-year months 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 passed 34 days, and I 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 it will come once during breastfeeding? Is it possible not to go for two or three months and start again if three months have passed?

Regards,

Marija

Comments for the Menstrual cycle came late, more than 34 days.

September 25, 2013
Irregular periods
by: Anonymous

It has long been told that as long as you exclusively breastfeed your baby, you cannot get pregnant; this is inaccurate. While high prolactin levels (the hormone 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 prevent the body's "regular" cycle. Some days your baby may nurse more than others, which can change your prolactin levels. This change can lead to irregular periods.

Your periods should regulate once your baby decides to wean, which is not usually a medical concern.

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Tracy Behr

Mom of two, breastfeeding helper, and lover of all things natural! Studying a breastfeeding counselor course via Childbirth int. & plant-based nutrition via the Nutrition Inst.

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