So I went for my 6 week post natal check up with gp yesterday and she said if I'm still bleeding at this stage they would normally give a course of antibiotics in case of any bits of retained placenta. But because I had a c section this seems unlikely. So she's happy to leave it now but said if I'm still bleeding next week to go back for antibiotics.
Today my bleeding is heavier and I've also had period type cramps so I'm wondering if I'm now having a period rather than still bleeding post baby. I'm just a bit unsure as I presumed that if you are exclusively breastfeeding you don't really ovulate or have periods? I'm not at all worried about being pregnant but just want to avoid an antibiotic course if it unnecessary. So has anyone else had a period while breastfeeding 6 weeks post birth?
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05-08-2015 14:51 #1
Period while breastfeeding?
05-08-2015 15:01 #2Senior Member
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I got my period 6 weeks post birth. It happens! I had a vaginal delivery and my ob never mentioned anything at my 6 week check up regarding antibiotics. He was confident it was my period. I noticed my milk supply dropped somewhat and I had to eat a bucket load of lactation cookies to try get back to what ds needed!
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05-08-2015 15:04 #3
Interesting about milk supply. Didn't know that could happen. I guess I just wasn't sure as I went on the mini pill while breastfeeding ds1 so had lots of breakthrough bleeding so no proper period as such. I stopped bf and carried on pill few more months so I guess if I hadn't been on the pill I might have had periods as normal. I'll have to keep an eye on my supply but hopefully it won't be a problem as I tend to go the other way and have issues with oversupply.
05-08-2015 15:11 #4
Such a pain but I have also had a period 4.5/5 weeks post partum both times. After my first I wasn't sure but then at 9 weeks I got it again and then every month after until I fell pregnant again with my second. It is very possible to get your period while breastfeeding and not overly uncommon. I also suffer a bit of a dip in supply and sore nipples the week leading up to it. After my second I was breastfeeding my newborn and a toddler round the clock and still got it back religiously..
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05-08-2015 16:56 #5
Period while breastfeeding?
My first was at 14 weeks pp.
I was exclusively bf. dd started sleeping 10 hours straight then though
I tracked my cycles since then with temping. My body tried to ov several times per cycle with 4-5 luteal phase. So unlikely to fall pregnant. It wasn't until 5 cycles after cutting down to bf twice a day my cycles went back to what I call a fertile cycle
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05-08-2015 17:37 #6Senior Member
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Exclusively breastfeeding both times and and went on the mini pill and started getting my period at about the six week mark. No issues with supply for me. It's quite common to menstruate when breastfeeding. You might not necessarily be ovulating though. I'm so jealous of those women who don't menstruate when breastfeeding or on the pill!
Have you been bleeding for the whole 6 weeks post partum? Or did it stop and then start again? If it never stopped then I would be worried but otherwise you're probably just one of us unlucky ones.
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05-08-2015 17:44 #7
No it didn't stop at all. I've been down to panty liners rather than pads but on the odd occasion I tried to stop overnight I've still been bleeding. But it did get lighter until today. I havnt been worried as it's been normal reddish brown blood, no sign of infection that I can see and after last pregnancy I bled until 6 weeks so thought it was normal.
I'll see how the next few days go but if it's still there next week (longer than normal period) then I'll go back to gp.
05-08-2015 17:59 #8
I bled for at least 6 weeks after both my CS births. No sign of infection so I never worried and my OB wasn't concerned at my 6 week checks.
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05-08-2015 19:41 #9
Yes it is possible for your period to return that early.
However I had bleeding until about 8 weeks pp. Af didn't return until 10 months pp.
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05-08-2015 19:46 #10
Yep periods from 4 weeks post birth her for the last 3 bubs.
Also bleed for 8 weeks with no Infection with 1 birth.
All 6 bubs were fully breastfeed
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