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ask: Is it normal to have an irregular cycle while breastfeeding? (2 weeks apart)

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I had my first baby six months ago. I have been exclusively breastfeeding (with pumping while she is in daycare twice a week). My menstrual cycle returned for the first time on November 20th. Then I started what seems to be a period just two weeks later. I'm wondering if that is normal, or if something could be wrong? The bleeding is very similar to the implantation bleeding I had with my last pregnancy, but it started just four days after having sex, which makes me think it couldn't be this time...

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post and congrats on your new baby!

Breastfeeding often stops periods from beginning after pregnancy altogether although once full-time nursing stops or solids are being introduced, a period returns. And irregularity is also common since you are still nursing.

However, since you have had unprotected sex and had a period beforehand (so you are ovulating again), pregnancy could be a possibility. A pregnancy test will let you know.

Best,

Susan

December 10, 2012 - 1:13pm
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