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HI all! I am BF my DS who is 6 weeks old. I have also BF my DD until she was 11 months old. So you would think I am veteran at this but I have a question.
I think I have started my period already!!! Doesn't this seem to soon??? It took 6 months for AF to come back with DD.
I have plenty of milk...DS nurses 8-12 times a day and has already doubled his birth weight. I do slip him a bottle maybe once a week so DH can share and DS can get use to a bottle since I will have to go back to work. But I always pump him the bottle he eats so I am not skipping a feeding.
Am I doing something wrong since AF is already back?
If your LO is only 6 weeks, it might just be PP bleeding - a good indication that physically youre up & about & doign too much (too much lifting & physical activity). Since you have an older one, thats another good indication that youre probably not resting as much as you should be. 6 weeks is about when we want to get up & back in the routine if we havent been driven there yet, but really its still too early to resume normal activities even if you had a normal routine birth. Anything out of the ordinary with the birth (a difficult labor, birth, or PP recovery ) and you can figure in several more weeks. Consider this - the placenta leaves an internal wound - if it were on the outside of your body, you would be taking it easy & people would expect you to. Our culture puts a lot of pressuer to get up and at em right away - when really our bodies need rest. Bleeding right now is more likely to be from doing too much than AF.
Relax, sit back a few days, let things slide, and take it easy (easier said than done, but theres always stuff we can delegate or just let plain slide). Dirty clothes arent walking off, as long as youre eating youll be fine
Rest a few days & im sure the bleeding will ease up.
The WHO says that pp bleeding should last approx 56 days and if your bleeding stopped earlier anything after this should be considered AF and you should be aware of your returning fertility. And big ditto to what Lala said. HTH
Thanks for the advise all! And LaLa I think you were right about the PP bleeding. I bleed for 4 weeks PP (bright red the whole time) and I had a normal birth but it was a VBAC so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I have been board at home with the kids (I am not a SAHM so this is new to me) and have been baking, cooking and cleaning a lot! And DH and I have re-started our 'married' life so I think I do just need to chill out. I only bleed that one day (lightly) then it got mucus again. And then yesterday I spotted just a little old blood.
He has doubled his birth weight in 6 weeks?[/b]
Yep!, well almost. My little guy was 6lb 3oz at birth and is now 12lbs! He is a chunky monkey But he does comfort nurse a lot (he does not like his paci) so that may have helped him pack on the pounds.
I had some bleeding like at about 6 weeks with both of my last two babies... it stopped and I was still AF free for quite some time. I am now 8 months PP and although I've felt cramping at times in the past two months, I'm still AF free!