Monday, September 29, 2008

Breastfeeding and Contraception

Breastfeeding can sometimes be used as a method of birth control.

But only if baby is
exclusively breastfeed (i.e nothing other than breastmilk is given to your child)

Only if baby is under six month’s of age

Only if mother’s menstrual cycle has not yet started back again after labour

This method is not 100% reliable.

You could still get pregnant even if you are breastfeeding as ovulation can occur before your period starts back.

A more reliable method of birth control is the "mini-pill" contraceptive prescribed by your doctor which is a progestogen-only pill . Avoid
contraceptive pills containing oestrogen while you are breastfeeding.