Take my Survey: Breastfeeding vs. Return of Menstrual Cycle

As a mom who delays solids, nurses for an extended period of time and offers nighttime nursing for most of the first year, my cycle takes its sweet time returning.

However, I know that this isn’t the case for every mom. I hear anecdotally from a lot of moms that even frequent nursing or nighttime nursing does not prevent their cycle from coming back, and plenty of moms conceive again when their baby is under a year old (and sometimes even less than 6 months old).

This often surprises me, because what I have read about the nursing hormone prolactin is that it should suppress the other hormones required for a woman’s menstrual cycle to return. In theory, this means that during the early months and even the first year when nursing is baby’s primary form of nourishment, she shouldn’t be able to conceive again. Theoretically speaking.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to explore the actual statistics of regular moms, to find out at what point and under what circumstances their own cycle returned? Inquiring minds want to know. Or at least, mine does.

So, I decided to conduct my own very formal and official survey. :)

It would be too complex to add too many more fields to the survey. I kept the survey relatively simplistic, which means that I won’t be able to accurately take into account special circumstances, like a mom or baby being sick, going on vacation without baby for a period of time, a season of high stress in the mom’s life, etc.

Would you fill out my survey and help to satisfy this curious little brain of mine?

Please take my survey!

I promise, I will share the results of the survey with you all!

Any guesses as to what my survey will discover? What do you think about the breastfeeding/Fertility relationship?

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About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. My son is 22 months and still no cycle for me! We cosleep and he nurses as he wishes, even about 3x at night. We were hoping to start trying for another baby when he was 10 months old – my body/my son had other plans! :-) I imagine my kids might be spaced 4 years apart if natural weaning takes place.

    My OB/GYN did a blood test on me to feed our curiosity to see if I was headed towards early premenopause (I was 31 at the time) or to see if their might be a thyroid issue/you-name-it issue. Results showed my Estrogen was below 15 and you need about a 40 for a regular cycle or a sustained pregnancy. Doc said she didnt know why, but a simple Google search pointed to my body’s response to nursing, with a combination of my kid’s frequent nursing.

    He’s not a great eater, refuses milk, save for three sips… so I’m happy to provide what little nutrition he will take!