Post-Pregnancy FAQ

When should women expect normal menstruation to resume?

This depends on whether you are breastfeeding or not. If you are not breastfeeding, your first period will occur about two months after childbirth. However, there is no way to know when you begin to ovulate again - 90 percent of women will not ovulate before their first period. So contraception is essential if you have sex soon after childbirth.

If you are breastfeeding, your period may resume at any time from about two months after childbirth. Some women only get their period back once they stop breastfeeding. It is important to know that breastfeeding is not a form of contraception. It is the sensation of the baby sucking that send a message to the brain to suppress the hormone that stimulates ovulation.

Post-Pregnancy FAQ

Is there a way to stop production of breast milk?

There is no way to cease the production of breast milk. If you choose not to breastfeed or want to discontinue breastfeeding, the following will assist in allowing you a break to return to normal as quickly as possible:

  1. Wear a good, supportive bra.
  2. Avoid stimulation of the breast, especially the nipples.
  3. Use Tylenol or Ibuprofen as needed for discomfort.
  4. Cold cabbage leaves applied to the breast may be helpful, or an ice pack.

It will usually take several days for the engorged breast to return to normal.

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