Posted by: Pudigadi | 2009-09-22

Pregnancy while breastfeeding

Ive given birth 3mnths ago,im breastfeeding and i havnt had my periods. Can i get pregnant while breastfeeding??

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Yes, you can fall pregnant while breastfeeding. However, women often do not have periods while breastfeeding.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009-09-25

Yes, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding does supress ovulation - but it' s not foolproof. Also, as you ovulate (and can therefore get pregnant) two weeks before your first period arrives - you don' t know when you are ovulating agian until after it has happened.

The only time you could really rely on breastfeeding for contraception is if you are truly demand feeding - as in your baby is strapped to your chest all day and has little sips regularly and at night baby is in the bed with you all night. Even those of us who demand feed (i.e. look for hunger and comfort cues every 2 - 4 hours and don' t feed on a schedule) can' t rely on it.

It seems that most people' s periods return at around 8 or 9 months - a few months after baby is on solids and therefore drinking less breastmilk. However, for some people it' s at around 6 or 8 weeks afther baby is born that they arrive again. Mine didn' t start till my son was 13 months old. It all depends.

If you are trying to fall pregnant, assume that you won' t really be ovulating until baby is on solids.
If you aren' t wanting to fall pregnant now - use contraceptives - condoms, mirena or microval are pretty much your only options while breasfeeding.

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