If you rely only on breastfeeding without the presence of bottle feeding, your periods will likely start after you stop breastfeeding. It’s likely that you won’t be getting your period any time soon.
If you lessen breastfeeding, you may notice spotting. Spotting is a lighter version of a period, usually known as irregular periods, and they appear as tiny spots of blood.
Irregular Periods After Birth
You may notice that when you get your period again, it’s very different from how you experienced it before. There might be significant changes such as:
- The amount of blood
- The level of pain you experience while cramping
- Irregularity in your periods
- Blood clots, but not bigger by a few inches
If you notice that the blood released is extremely heavy or periods last more than just a few days, it’s vital that you talk to your doctor immediately. Heavy bleeding and large blood clots indicate an abnormality in bleeding and may point towards an infection.
But take note that most of the time it’s of no concern. Your period might just have gotten heavier. It can be longer or much more painful, or it can be less. It all depends on how much uterus lining sheds. These all depend as well on your hormones, how the uterus is shedding, and how you breastfeed.
When Should You Seek Help
Heavier or lighter periods after birth are normal. If you are concerned, it is best to talk to your doctor because they can answer your questions based on your medical records and recovery from birth. Any additional and specific concerns can be answered by them.