I had my period. 5 weeks post-partum. And I am breastfeeding.
I though that wasn’t a thing. I though I would have a good 6 months. I thought wrong. Clearly nothing goes as planned with me.
Here is how it happened if you care… if you don’t scroll past.
My lochia lightened as expected within a few weeks and tapered of to discharge and boom. Nothing. then I went for a 4 mile run… yeah that 4 mile run I told you about and later that night felt a gush. A gush like gooooosh. Nope. Nope. Nope. That wasn’t normal. I hadn’t felt that in about er… a year. It seemed kinda like a period gush (TMI) so I ran to the bathroom to confirm blood. Either I was hemorrhaging or something my lochia started back up and I wasn’t hemorrhaging. Well, after my google binge research session I finally made my 6 week follow-up with my OB-GYN to hear the worst. And she stood there laughing at me after I explained what I had experience.
“Christine, you had your period!”
“What? But I’m breastfeeding.”
“So?” She laughed.
Hilarious, she’s laughing when my natural birth control method was crumbling before my eyes.
“So what are you thinking about for birth control” She said more seriously as if she was tired of reading my mind and wanted me to speak with my mouth and not the imaginary tears falling from my tired sleep-deprived eyes.
“What about the lactation amenorrhea thing…” I whimpered.
“The what?!” She barked, looking baffled.
“That whole idea that as long as I’m breastfeeding I won’t get pregnant again. I was reading about it only and I was thinkin–”
“Yeah, sure. If you want to come back to my office pregnant in three months.” She laughed. She was very amused with this BC method I could tell, but hardly impressed. “Listen, I’ve had women that thought they could rely on breastfeeding as a form of birth control but the reality is… everyone is different and it just isn’t reliable. So many have come back pregnant and can’t believe how it happened. It isn’t that unusual to get your period back this soon even while breast feeding, again every woman is different. What we do know however is that you are fertile. And although your periods will not be regular with breastfeeding… you are still ovulating and the risk is still there.”
That’s what happened. I don’t want to see here any sooner than I plan to so I am heading her warning. Le sigh.