Why Would I Be Bleeding After 2 Months?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hello! I am the new mother of a 10-week-old baby girl. I have spotted off and on for several weeks while breastfeeding and am wondering why. My discharge after delivery never completely stopped it seems. Is that possible? Why would I still be spotting. (I have no signs of infection and my two month check-up was fine.) Any information would be appreciated.

Thanks.

ANSWER

The usual cause is too much activity, especially in the first two weeks. If you want to get it stopped, you might try *literally* a weekend in bed, breastfeeding as much as possible. Have someone bring you your meals in bed even. Just get up to shower and potty. Rub your tummy if you can still feel your uterus (you probably can't). Hopefully that will finish it off.

-- Cynthia, CNM

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.