Not the answer you’re probably after but in our experience, it can vary wildly between women and even between pregnancies.
Breastfeeding often delays the resumption of periods, but not always. Some women get a period within 6 weeks of giving birth – breastfeeding or not – and for others (usually breastfeeders) it can be over a year depending on how long they choose to breastfeed.
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Breastfeeding mums release a milk-producing hormone called prolactin, which keeps your levels of progesterone and oestrogen low. It may mean you don’t have a period until you finish feeding, but know that doesn’t mean you’re not ovulating. Remember that you ovulate 2 weeks before a period so it’s possible to fall pregnant again before you ever get your period back! Our tip is, if you are having sex and not thinking about the next baby just yet, make sure you use contraception.
When your period does resume, you may feel like a kid again as it can take a while to get back into a regular cycle. Some women are like clockwork and others can take up to 18 months to return to a predictable cycle.