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Hi~ I'm an occasional lurker here and I posted about a month ago. We're not using NFP or FAM at this point, but we probably will sometime in the future (probably after our next child). At this point, we are relying on BFing (although I may have possibly had AF back, already, see below) b/c we are ready for another baby whenever God gives us one at this point. I'd say we are neither TTC or TTA.
I was wondering, for those of you who have had AF return while BFing~ was it at all regular? Did it go back to the same cycle length you had before? The reason I ask is... I was pretty sure AF returned for me at about 6 weeks PP. (I know that would be really rare for a breastfeeding mom. I have done some pumping, esp. when my son was hospitalized with RSV and not eating well. Also,my son started sleeping through the night for 7 hours the week before I thought I got AF- not sure if those could be factors in getting it back so soon.)
It definitely seemed like AF! My PP bleeding had been just a light yellow barely-there spotting for a couple weeks and then stopped completely. Then all of a sudden right at 6 weeks PP to the day, I started bleeding again. I had cramping like with my period and it was an actual flow, not just spotting and it went on for 6 days. So I was expecting AF again by this past Sunday at the latest ( I used to have a 29-30 day cycle and that was day 31), but she never showed. I took an HPT just in case, and it was negative. I did have some cramping at this time, but no spotting.
Then on day 34 and 35, I had some very strethcy CM on my toilet paper and more cramping... and I wondered if that was a possible sign of ovulation??
So now I'm wondering if I really did have AF at 6 weeks PP or if it was more PP bleeding. It was probably silly to expect it to return to normal right away. Like I said, we aren't TTC or TTA at this point, but I'm just trying to figure out what is going on with my body.
Thanks for your input and I'm sorry this is so long! __________________
__________________ Joyful Mama to 2 Sweet little boys
Pumping is definitely a factor when it comes to fertility. It does not suppress fertility the same way suckling does. Because of that, the chance that you did actually have your first PP AF at 6 weeks is higher. The CM is likely related to your body trying to ovulate, yes.
It's very normal for your 6 or so PP menstrual cycles to be irregular at the very least, if not the whole time you are breastfeeding. Very, very normal!