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    Unhappy Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    Well the title pretty much explains my concern. I have been breastfeeding exclusively for about 3 weeks now. I am 7 weeks postpartum and woke up today to find that my period has returned early. I immediately phoned my OB-GYN, and he assured me that everything was okay and that my milk supply wouldn't be affected. I am still worried though and shocked. I was assuming my period wouldn't return until I weaned my baby or if it were to come early that would mean at about 3 months. Has anyone experienced this or know anything about why I would be menstrating so early? I just want to be sure that I will be able to continue breastfeeding without complications. I could really use some fellow mom advice/knowledge.

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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    You can definitely continue to nurse with your period. Sometimes it will cause a small dip in supply for a day or two, but I don't even notice it anymore (and neither does lo). Mine came back, I believe, around 5 months and I've continued to nurse for another 10 months with no end in sight.

    One question- do you know for sure it is your period? I had post partum bleeding on and off for nearly 8 weeks, any possibility it could be that?
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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    im 4 weeks post partum and im pretty sure i just got my period too, well, it looks like it, very light tho, (and the normal brownish blood)

    I was a c-section, and my bleeding stopped at about 2 weeks, and then i just had the normal discharge till 3 weeks, now this at 4 weeks...

    havent really noticed a drop in supply tho..

    oh, and im an exclusive pumper.

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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    Quote Originally Posted by NorasMommy View Post
    One question- do you know for sure it is your period? I had post partum bleeding on and off for nearly 8 weeks, any possibility it could be that?
    I was going to say the same thing. I had bleeding for about 8 weeks...but sometimes it would stop for a day or two.

    And same for Melissa, if you are only 4 weeks pp....it could be from the c-section. I was also a c-section. I stopped bleeding for a day or two here and there...it was wierd. But it wasn't AF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beccamomof2 View Post
    And same for Melissa, if you are only 4 weeks pp....it could be from the c-section. I was also a c-section. I stopped bleeding for a day or two here and there...it was wierd. But it wasn't AF.
    I was c-section as well. My pp bleeding looked just like a period after the first 2 weeks. It would come and go, stopping for up to a week then reappearing.
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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    oh!!! well thats very reasuring! I was a little PO'd about getting it back, lol.. im looking forward to having it MIA for a little while longer!!

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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    Before you get so reassured that you run around getting things done....Recurrent bleeding postpartum is very often a sign from your body that you are doing too much for your body's happiness, and IMO is best taken as a sign to slow down and rest as much as possible (which I realize is not easy...). Be easy on yourself, Mama...

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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    Lol!!! ugg, yeah, im VERY bad for taking it easy, apart from having a 2yo running around, i also have a lazy husband, and hate having a messy house... ok.. i guess ill try and relax more

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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    I got mine back 6 wks pp too.....totally sucked but was considered normal and it didn't do anything to my milk supply HTH
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    Default Re: Concerned! Breastfeeding exclusively, 7 weeks postpartum and starting menstrating

    Quote Originally Posted by lorenzomama View Post
    Before you get so reassured that you run around getting things done....Recurrent bleeding postpartum is very often a sign from your body that you are doing too much for your body's happiness, and IMO is best taken as a sign to slow down and rest as much as possible (which I realize is not easy...). Be easy on yourself, Mama...

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