Can You Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding?
It’s been quite a popular belief: you can’t get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding. But, how accurate is this statement?
Many moms rely on breastfeeding as an efficient and natural method of contraception, calling it the Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM). This contraceptive method is based on the fact that breast milk production hinders the ovaries from releasing an egg, thus preventing ovulation and the possibility of pregnancy. It is considered to be at least 98% effective, given that certain conditions are met.
Once the conditions change, however, LAM is no longer considered effective, which means that you need to start looking for another contraceptive method if you want to prevent pregnancy.
The average number of months before menstruation returns for a mom who has just given birth is 14.6; that is if you practice ecological breastfeeding. Otherwise, you can expect your period to return anywhere from 11 weeks to 24 months (or more) postpartum.
Still, the question remains: can you get pregnant while you are breastfeeding? The answer is yes. Unless you are relying on a separate contraceptive method other than LAM, there is a good chance that you’ll get pregnant, even while breastfeeding. This is especially so if you are still sexually active from the sixth month onward.Continue reading