Breastfeeding During Menstruation: Things You Should Know

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Breastfeeding during menstruation is not common. Women generally don’t start menstruating until they wean (or partially wean) baby. This could take a year and in some cases more than a year. But few women who return to periods as soon as 3 to 6 months after the child birth. Result, confusion about breastfeeding during menstruation!

Will Return of My Menstruation Effect My Baby?

Do not worry, we are here to address your anxiety. Though, women generally return to menstruation after 1 to 1.5 years of child birth, but few women return to their periods as soon as 3 to 6 months. Let us tell you this is not a big problem. This is not even a problem.

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If you return to menstruation within 3 to 6 months of baby birth, this does not mean you have to end breastfeeding to your baby. You should carry on breastfeeding to you baby irrespective how soon you start menstruating again.

Ok, But Should I Stop Breastfeeding During Menstruation?

No, you should not stop. However you may observe drop in quantity of milk you produce but this does not mean you should stop breastfeeding your baby. Quantity may drop due to hormonal changes in your body during menstruation. This will be back to normal after your periods.

Will It Change The Taste Of My Milk?

It may. Your body being on your periods may change the taste of your milk to your baby. But this is also temporary as it will be back to normal after your periods. This also happens because of hormonal changes in your body during your periods.

Breastfeeding During Menstruation

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To summarize, take the note of followings points.

  1. Return to menstruating should not cause end of breastfeeding.
  2. You should carry on breastfeeding if you return to menstruating early.
  3. You should carry on breastfeeding even if you are on your periods.
  4. You may observe a drop in your breast milk supply due to hormonal changes during menstruation. This will be back to normal after your periods.
  5. You may observe a change is taste of you breast milk due to hormonal changes during menstruation. This will be back to normal after your periods.

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