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Q.    My baby is now three months old and my periods have not not come?  Is it because I am currently still breastfeeding?
 

A.    When a mother's menstrual period resumes in the postpartum period varies. This is so even among mothers of formula-fed babies.

Nevertheless, you are right. Continued breastfeeding does tend to suppress fertility to some extent.  Prolactin, a hormone released during breastfeeding, has a powerful effect on fertility. High levels of Prolactin suppress the return of the menses. Simply put, the frequency and duration of nursing play the most important role in suppression of menstruation.

Many mothers who continue to nurse through their baby's second year of life, do not get their period until their baby is 2 years of age or even older.  And there are some mothers who get their periods shortly after birth even while exclusively breastfeeding.

Exclusive breastfeeding in the first four to six months of your baby's life often delays the return of your period.  Exclusive breastfeeding means that all of your baby's nutritional and sucking needs are satisfied at your breast. No supplementary feeds in the form of formula or solids are given.

So donít worry, you are normal. However, do note that your fertility can return at any time even while breastfeeding, so unless you intend to have another baby, you will need to take the usual birth control measures.  Enjoy your break from the monthly cycles! 

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