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March 1st, 2009, 01:00 PM
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Hi, I'm new here, although I have lurked on occasion. I'm not sure if anyone here can answer my questions but I thought it was worth a try. My first son was born 6 weeks and 2 days ago. DH and I hadn't really planned on using any method of birth control after he was born because we would like to space our children *fairly* closely together and since I'm breast-feeding we assumed the LAM method would work until he was 6 months old or I got my period back and then we would just see what happens. We feel like children are a gift from God and it's up to him when He chooses to give them to us. It took 6 months to conceive our son, so I'm not a super fertile turtle anyway.

ANYHOW~ My PP bleeding had tapered off to a light yellow discharge after about 4 weeks and then completely stopped for several days. Right at 6 weeks post-partum, I started bleeding again, this time dark red blood pretty much like my period, maybe a little lighter. The first day I had cramps and everything like I usually did with AF. Two days later, I'm still bleeding. I'm wondering if I have my first post-parturm period? I should mention that this followed my son beginning to sleep through the night for 6 to 7-1/2 hours for about a week.

I'm not sure how I'll know for sure if this is my period or whether we should be careful this month. I have some experience with charting from when we were TTC. I won't really know for sure if it's my period unless I get it again in a month, and if I don't, I'll have to take a pregnancy test, I guess. Like I said, we want our children spaced close together, but preferably not 10 months apart! I was think more like a minimum of 14 to 18 months apart. I'm not even sure it's possible for a breast-feeding mom to get her period back this soon, so maybe it is just more PP bleeding and I'm worrying for nothing.

Anyway, I hope this makes sense. I would appreciate any input from anyone.
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March 1st, 2009, 01:07 PM
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I have not had any children, so I don't really have an answer for you. It sounds like you may be getting your cycle back. Shawna, the board host and some other moms that have used FAM after kids could help. Shawna is practicing Lent and is only on after 9:00 pm. I wanted to tell you that. She is awesome at answering these types of questions.
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March 1st, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Sundays aren't part of Lent...so I'm on today!

If your baby is getting all nutrition from the breast - no pumping, no bottles, no formula - then any bleeding up to 56 days post partum is not related to fertility. It either related to your bleeding from birth or from some hormonal fluctuations (pregnancy hormones dropping off, breastfeeding hormones building up, etc).

If your baby is not getting all nutrition from the breast - if you've had to pump or supplement at all, then it could be related to your fertility returning.
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March 1st, 2009, 01:58 PM
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I do pump occasionally. When he was 2 weeks old, he was in the hospital with RSV and not eating well, so I pumped to keep my supply up. My DH will give him a bottle of breast-milk about once a week and then I will pump to replace it. So could it be AF?
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March 1st, 2009, 02:02 PM
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I do pump occasionally. When he was 2 weeks old, he was in the hospital with RSV and not eating well, so I pumped to keep my supply up. My DH will give him a bottle of breast-milk about once a week and then I will pump to replace it. So could it be AF?[/b]

Ah ok! Any pumping at all disqualifies you from being able to rely on LAM. It's amazing that our bodies know they difference between suckling and a mechanical pump, but they do! Pumping doesn't offer the same stimulation as suckling does, so it doesn't suppress fertility the same way.

So yes, treat this bleed as a potential sign of impending fertility. The bleeding itself could even be related to your body attempting to ovulate right now.
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March 1st, 2009, 02:29 PM
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Thanks for your help! I might be around asking more questions....
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March 1st, 2009, 02:31 PM
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Thanks for your help! I might be around asking more questions....[/b]

Anytime, that's why we're here!
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Sorry Shawna. I don't know much about Lent
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