Re: Weaning & trying for a new baby
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I think the best way to get your period back while continuing to nurse is to be patient. Most nursing moms get their fertility back around the time their babies start eating a lot of solids and/or sleeping longer stretches at night. Your baby is young to be doing either one of those things. While you say he's "still nursing quite frequently" I actually think he's probably on the middle to lower end for frequency- both my kids nursed every 1-3 hours throughout the first year, and into the second.
The average time until return of fertility in a nursing mom is around 15.5 months. If you reach that point and there's still no sign of your period, you might want to work on getting your LO to eat more solid foods and you might want to consider night-weaning. Once your prolactin (the milk-making hormone) levels drop low for around 6+ hours, estrogen levels will tend to rise, prompting a fertile cycle.
Feeling dizzy and exhausted might be a side-effect of disrupted sleep, but there are other possible explanations. Are you taking a prenatal vitamin? And have you seen your doctor? One thing that springs to my mind- because I have this problem- is thyroid issues, which can cause dizziness, exhaustion, and a host of other symptoms. IMO, tests on thyroid function should be performed at least once during the postpartum year.
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