Getting Pregnant While Breastfeeding

Some new mothers wonder if they can get pregnant while breastfeeding. The same hormones that make milk also suppress the release of reproductive hormones. Most women who breastfeed full time don't get their periods. For this reason, lactation consultants have developed the LAM method. Under LAM guidelines, you are less than 2% likely to get pregnant. This is better birth control than many prescribed contraceptives on the market.

These are the guidelines:

You have no menstrual periods
Your baby is less than six months old
You are breastfeeding approximately every two hours

Remember that LAM will no longer be effective once your period returns, or if you supplement the infant's milk supply with a bottle.

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