Thursday, June 30, 2011

Out of Curiosity...

For my breastfeeding friends out there, out of curiosity, how long was it before your cycles came back?

Ella is nine months today, and I still haven't started a new cycle.  I don't know if this is because I'm been breastfeeding and pumping, or if it's related to PCOS.  I admit that I indulged in eating just about everything I wanted in the first couple of months, but I've been more conscientious about my diet from about six months on (recognizing that what I eat effects insulin levels which effect hormone levels, etc.).

My only comparison is my sister-in-law (who started her cycle exactly 28 days after my niece was born) and my very-dear friend who started just short of six months.  Back in the day, I may have rejoiced at going 18+ months without a cycle, but I no longer think of it as "the curse".  Rather, I recognize and appreciate the significance that it plays in this whole fertility game.  I'm trusting God's timing and plan for my life, but I can't help but wonder if/when it will show up again...

This morning's blessing was hearing the most precious squeals of delight coming from Ella as she played with my husband.  She definitely remembers her daddy, and is having so much fun getting reacquainted with him.  I am so blessed to have both of them in my life.


  1. I breastfed until 7 months, but my cycle returned at just 6 weeks post-partum. :( Not quite what I had expected. One of my sisters, on the other hand, has breastfed three kiddos and didn't have her cycles return until the 9 month mark. From the fertility perspective, I certainly understand your desire to feel like your cycles are returning to normal. Glad to hear your hubby made it back safely!

  2. Liam is almost 5 1/2 months and still no period and I've always been regular. So glad to hear your hubby is home! What a blessing!

  3. I got my first cycle a week after Addy turned 6 months. However, only now that I'm weaning can it be considered regular. Prior to that I was going 6-8 wks between & it was all different lengths/flow. My sil got hers when my nephew was 10 months & she followed bw. HTH.

  4. I never got mine until I finished completely breastfeeding. With #1 it showed up when Cameron was about 11 months and I only recently started my first cycle 6 weeks after I quit feeding Jackson (so, at 9-ish months). After reading everyone's responses I can only assume it's different for everyone.

    It must feel so amazing to have your hubby home! YAY!!


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