Breastfeeding: No period at 14 months postpartum

I'm continuing to breast feed my 14-month-old, but I still have no period (I'm 37 years old and healthy). Is this normal?

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There's a wide variation in regard to resumption of the menstrual period, but yes, it's well within the normal range for you not to have your period yet. (We should all have it so good!) Many mothers who continue to nurse through their baby's second year of life, do not get their period until their baby is two years of age or even older. Other moms, even when exclusively nursing, get their period several months following the birth.

Exclusive breastfeeding in the first four to six months of your baby's life often delays the return of your period. Several factors are at work here: prolactin, a hormone released during breastfeeding, has a powerful effect on fertility and high levels of prolactin suppress the return of the menses. Simply put, the frequency (number of times put to breast) and duration (time spent nursing) play the most important role in suppression of menstruation. The mother's age, and the number of children she has, along with her individual body chemistry also seem to be factors. In general, older mothers, and mothers with more children experience a longer time without resumption of their period.

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