Contraception During Breastfeeding

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You’ve just had your baby, you’re breastfeeding and you wonder: is there is any chance I could get pregnant?  The possibility exists.  Most sources say that breastfeeding is approximately 98% effective as a contraceptive.  This method of contraception, Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), is most effective for women who are breastfeeding “full time”, in other words 9 out of 10 daily feedings.  The belief is that breastfeeding triggers a hormone that stops ovulation from occurring.  If you plan to breastfeed full time for six months to a year you may remain period free the entire time.

That said, every women’s body is different and if you are lucky enough to have a baby that sleeps through the night, ovulation may resume more quickly for you.  And here’s the tricky part:  you may even release an egg before you begin bleeding again.  The simple answer is the following: if you are not breastfeeding full time and are sure you don’t want to get pregnant, it’s always safest to use a barrier method (condoms and diaphragms) as back-up.

2 Comments to “Contraception During Breastfeeding”

  1. Thought your readers might get some good education on inserting IUDs during nursing and the dangers, from this post:
    http://www.wombattheinnsane.com/2007/11/truth-about-iud.html

    • Kathryn says:

      Thanks for sharing your story Kadi. I have heard about several strange experiences with IUD’s and I’m glad you are speaking out about yours. Much appreciated.

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