Okay, first off, the research on the computer will scare the hell out of you. I know because this happened to me, and I was petrified.
A few questions before I tell you my story (as gross as it is): How long did you stop for? I checked your birth story and you had Kaylee at the end of March. It is not unheard of for bleeding to stop after 3 weeks, sometimes even shorter. On average, the bleeding is for 6 weeks, but that means there are people that bleed for only one week and some that bleed for 8 weeks or longer. So don't panic just yet. It is possible for you to get your period very quickly after birth, although that is often unlikely especially with breastfeeding. However, you said that Kaylee is breastfed exclusively, so I am assuming you are making enough milk to satisfy her (ie, no screaming after nursing, any extra after she nurses and falls asleep?, etc).
Okay, my story:
I had my son in mid-November, and was still bleeding when I had my 6 week appointment. They said it wasn't unheard of, but to call in another week if it hadn't stopped. It often fluctuated to the point where I thought it was going away, but a week later, it would be like a bad period. At 8 weeks post-partum, I told them I still hadn't stopped. We decided to do a uterine biopsy to determine what was going on. That was the most painful part of the entire experience, including the c-section. The biopsy showed that I had had at least 2 uterine infections between birth and the biopsy, but it did not indicate why. I was scheduled for a D&C a month and 1/2 later, to explore more thoroughly why I was still bleeding.
GROSSMENTS FOLLOW: A few days before the D&C, I passed this gray-looking thing that looked odd. I knew it had come from my vaginal area because I needed to push it out a little bit (not like a contraction, which I have very limited experience with). I called the dr, explained what happened, and was told to go to the ER. I did so and gave them this thing for them to test. I proceeded to have the D&C a few days later, and they confirmed that I had a retained placenta, most of which I past just a few days before. The bleeding stopped shortly (like a few days) after.
I also was nursing around the time that I had the biopsy done, but my supply had plummeted around 6 weeks. Normally, a newborn has a growth spurt at that time and nurses around the clock. I attempted this and my son screamed after every nursing. It was a combination of reflux and my supply dropping that made him switch to formula. I even tried to hand-express right before we fully switched him to formula, and not a drop came out. I was very upset, even though I hadn't planned to nurse for longer than 6 months at the time. Looking back, I can see how everything was related, although at the time, it never occurred to me.
Please PM me if you have any questions. I went through a lot of questioning myself during that time, and I would love to spare anyone from that. It is scary but honestly, the chances of a retained placenta is supposedly rare. So I will hope that it is just your first period, and it is heavier than you are used to.
HG 8 weeks to c-section delivery due to breech presentation--D&C at 4 months PP for retained placenta
Caleb's diagnoses = reflux, speech apraxia, dermagraphism, food allergies, high functioning autism, sensory integration disorder , ITP (remission)