The simple answer is that you can get pregnant while nursing. However, many moms experience a time of delayed fertility during breastfeeding. This is very common and is referred to in many places as the Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM) of contraception.
What are the chances of getting pregnant while breastfeeding?
If you practice ecological breastfeeding: Chance of pregnancy is practically zero during the first three months, less than 2% between 3 and 6 months, and about 6% after 6 months (assuming mom’s menstrual periods have not yet returned).
How can I get pregnant fast while breastfeeding?
For LAM to work, you need to be breastfeeding exclusively. If you supplement baby’s diet with formula or even pumped breast milk, your chances of ovulating and getting pregnant increase. Ditto for solids. Once your baby hits 6 months and starts eating solids, your chances of ovulation increase.
How do I know I’m ovulating while breastfeeding?
The signs and symptoms of ovulation vary from woman to woman but may include things like breast tenderness, changes in cervical mucus, increased sex drive and more.
Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding if you don’t have a period?
The absence of menstrual periods makes pregnancy unlikely, however, ovulation (egg release) can occur before the start of menstruation. So don’t assume that you are protected (safe) because you haven’t had a menstrual period. You can become pregnant, while breastfeeding, before you resume menstrual periods.
How can I avoid getting pregnant while breastfeeding?
How does breastfeeding prevent pregnancy? When you exclusively breastfeed — meaning you nurse at least every 4 hours during the day and every 6 hours at night, and feed your baby only breast milk — your body naturally stops ovulating. You can’t get pregnant if you don’t ovulate.
Should I stop breastfeeding to get pregnant?
There is no general rule around breastfeeding frequency that leads to the return of fertility. Abrupt changes in breastfeeding generally brings back fertility quicker. Keep in mind that you and your baby would have to be ready for this change. Suddenly stopping breastfeeding can impact the bond your baby is enjoying.
How quickly can a woman get pregnant after giving birth?
For most women, it’s best to wait at least 18 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again. This means your baby will be at least 1½ years old before you get pregnant with another baby. This much time gives your body time to fully recover from your last pregnancy before it’s ready for your next pregnancy.
Does getting pregnant while breastfeeding affect milk supply?
Most mothers who are nursing through pregnancy notice a decrease in milk supply by mid-pregnancy, but sometimes as early as the first month. During pregnancy, the mature milk is also making a gradual change to the colostrum which is present at birth.
How long can you go without a period while breastfeeding?
According to The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (p. 364-366), almost everyone who is fully breastfeeding their babies will be free of menstrual periods for 3 – 6 months or longer. This is called lactational amenorrhea.