Irregular Menstruation In Nursing Mothers?
Hello, my mother is exclusive breastfeeding and my child is 3 months old … I get 2x in a month? Previously I was late for menstruation for 2 months
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Most of the mothers will have pauses from birth to menstruation as usual. This is because breastfeeding holds the menstrual cycle for some time. Some mothers get their first menstruation after delivery after a few weeks, several months, even years. It cannot be averaged how long it will take for a mother to get her first menstruation after childbirth Some signs that can indicate you will soon get your period after delivery include:
When your baby sleeps more than 4 hours during the day or more than 6 hours at night
When your baby starts eating other complementary foods besides breast milk
When you eat certain foods such as formula milk for nursing mothers
When your baby starts using a pacifier
When your baby is breastfeeding a little more during the daytime and fewer days each time and
When you breastfeed your baby more often without giving other intake.
This is related to hormone balance, namely Prolactin is the main hormone responsible for producing milk. This hormone is produced in the part of the brain called the pituitary gland. Breastfeeding keeps these hormone levels high, so the longer the mother is exclusively breastfed, the more likely it is that menstrual periods will occur.
Every mother has different body conditions, therefore menstrual periods during breastfeeding can occur in different time frames between one mother and another. Some of the following can also be the cause.
Mothers who do not breastfeed, and only give bottle milk to babies, are likely to experience menstrual periods more quickly, which is one or two months after giving birth.
Mothers who give exclusive breastfeeding to infants may not experience menstrual periods in the long term, a matter of weeks, months, and even years.
Some mothers will not experience menstruation while breastfeeding, but soon get it back after weaning the baby.
Mothers who have irregular menstrual schedules during breastfeeding are normal. A few months late is also not a problem.
The return of the menstrual period indicates that the egg is ready to be fertilized. Therefore, if you experience symptoms of early menstruation, it is better to immediately have a KB if you do not want to get pregnant again.
Mothers who are pumping breast milk can also experience small menstruation, where they bleed from the vagina in very small amounts.
Mothers can also experience a decrease in milk production before the menstrual period begins, this happens because the hormone levels go up and down.
Sensitive breast nipples during menstruation are also normal, this is also caused by hormonal changes in the mother's body.
Having menstruation while breastfeeding is very normal. Breastfeeding mothers will usually get menstruation when the frequency of feeding the baby begins to decrease. This can happen when your baby is no longer suckling between naps at night, he gets other foods besides breast milk, Mother starts introducing milk bottles, or your baby starts eating solid foods.
However, there are also mothers who still breastfeed your baby at night and do not provide other food besides breast milk but still get another menstrual cycle after giving birth. Robin Kaplan, ASI Professional Counselor at the San Diego Breastfeeding Center says sometimes this happens without any reason. This only signifies that your uterus has returned to its fertile period.
If bleeding continues, it should be checked by an obstetrician. Because there are other things that might be the cause, i.e.
- Remaining placenta that can be a cause of postpartum bleeding that usually appears late.
- Chronic bleeding that occurs because your placenta is trying to separate from the uterus and this effort causes the opening of blood vessels in the area, causing bleeding. After the placenta successfully separates, the uterus will re-contract and the bleeding discharge will decrease. Lokia may occur 2 weeks to 6 weeks after delivery.
It's important to pay attention to the following signs of distress.
The bleeding suddenly gets thicker until it consumes more than 1 dressing to hold it for one hour
The color of the blood becomes brighter after 4 days after delivery
Your heart rate is getting faster and irregular
If you find one of the following symptoms you should immediately consult a doctor.
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