Your Baby's 24th Week of Life

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For women who aren't nursing, their first menstrual period returns within 12 weeks of their baby's birth. In nursing mothers, there is a wide variation in regard to resumption of the menstrual period. In a survey of women who exclusively nursed their babies -- meeting all their nutritional and sucking needs at the breast -- it was found that the menstrual cycle normally resumed at 14.6 months postpartum ("Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing," Sheila Kippley). Although exclusive breastfeeding often delays the return of your menstrual period and fertility, this is not always the case. There are many factors involved in maintaining lactational infertility, such as number of feeds per day, duration of feeds, total time spent breastfeeding each day and longest interval between feeds.

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