Re: menstrual period while weaning
In the United States, knowledgeable pediatricians generally advise that breastmilk should make up the majority of a baby's diet until some time around the baby's first birthday. Solids are supposed to be offered in addition to breastmilk, not instead of breastmilk, because breastmilk provides perfect nutrition to support growth and development. Since it generally takes at least 6-8 nursing sessions per day to give a baby enough breastmilk to make up the majority of his diet, I would suggest giving your baby a few more opportunities to nurse.
This is particularly true if you want to maintain a good milk supply going forward into the next few months. The fewer nursing sessions you have, the lower your supply will be. The more nursing sessions you have, the better your supply will be.
Getting your period back doesn't mean much. You may experience a dip in supply around the time of your period, but as long as you nurse frequently and on demand your supply will bounce right back. You will not dry up just because your cycle has returned. However, if you don't want another baby right now, you now need to be extra careful about birth control. Nursing will no longer provide any reliable protection against pregnancy.
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