Re: It's Back! =(
15-16 months is a very typical time to see the return of your menstrual cycle, even if you still nurse multiple times per day. Your period generally returns when your baby starts giving you at least one 6 hour stretch without nursing and/or starts eating more solid food.
You absolutely should be using birth control if you do not want to get pregnant. In fact, you probably should have been using it since around 6 months postpartum, minimum. Breastfeeding provides good protection against pregnancy when you meet all the criteria for LAM (lactational amenorrhea method):
- baby less than 6 months old
- period has not returned
- exclusively breastfeeding (no pacis, no bottles, no solids)
- baby does not sleep through the night
What sort of contraception have you used in the past? If you were using hormonal contraception or a non-hormonal IUD, that could explain the irregular bleeding and/or the heavy bleeding. But there are plenty of methods you can use which don't have those unpleasant side-effects!
Finally, don't let your doc bully you. If he says "I encourage you to wean," just say "Not going to happen, let's move on." And if he won't... See a midwife!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"