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Is it true that you can’t get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding? I’m currently breastfeeding my baby and my husband and I aren’t using any sort of protection. Thanks!
Breastfeeding naturally suppresses the hormones needed for ovulation, so it is possible to use breastfeeding as an effective form of birth control.
But this only works if you haven’t gotten your period yet, your son is less than 6 months old, and you follow these feeding guidelines:
Strictly following these rules might be difficult, so if you’re not able to do so, choose another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.
If you can follow these guidelines, you will still need to choose another form of birth control once your baby turns 6 months old. Some forms of birth control can decrease your milk supply, so ask your health care provider which options are best for you.
This site offers information on numerous health issues. The women’s health section includes readings on pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum care, breast health, menopause, contraception, and more.
This international organization offers support, encouragement, information, and education on breastfeeding.
Planned Parenthood offers information on sexually transmitted diseases, birth control methods, and other issues of sexual health.
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), offers reliable health and wellness information for women and girls.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
Talking to your kids about sex can be a challenge. But discussing issues like birth control can help lower teens’ risk of unintended pregnancy or getting an STD.
Here are answers to some questions about common breastfeeding concerns – from biting to spitting up.
Here are answers to some common questions about your milk supply – from having too much to having too little.
Here are answers to some common questions about beginning to breastfeed – everything from how often to nurse your baby each day to how to tell if your little one is eating enough.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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