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You may have heard that breastfeeding prevents you from getting pregnant postpartum. This method is known as LAM (Lactation and amenorrhea method (lack of menstruation).
Breastfeeding can be an effective contraceptive method - studies on the subject speak of up to 98% - but under certain circumstances.
Breastfeeding can work as a method to control fertility in these cases:
- If after the birth of your baby, you have not had menstruation.
- If you do not give any type of supplement to your baby, the only thing he takes is breast.
- If your baby is less than 6 months old.
The mechanisms by which lactation plays such an important role in a woman's fertility are not fully understood, but it seems that the hormones generated at this stage of life, mainly prolactin, together with the stimulus produced by sucking to the womb of the baby in the woman's body, they are the main responsible.
Postpartum women who breastfeed take longer to have their first postpartum period than those who do not, whose menstruation usually appears between six and ten weeks after the birth of the baby.
Bleeding within the first 56 days postpartum is usually considered to be characteristic of the process and not as a sign of the resumption of the fertile cycle. From here, it is sometimes difficult to assess whether you have had your period. You can consult your midwife, who will give you the guidelines by which you can guide yourself and assess the possible bleeding that may appear, properly.
The way you breastfeed also affects fertility. Your baby must have a feeding frequency of less than 6 hours (including at night) and must be fed practically exclusively on breast milk. Pacifiers can increase the feeling of fullness of the baby and make him suck less, you must be careful. From the age of six months, it is common for you to start introducing complementary feeding into your baby's diet, medically indicated, due to this, that your baby is less than six months old is a requirement to use LAM safely
It is a simple method to learn, cheap, ecological and does not pose religious problems. What's more encourages beneficial practices for the baby as is exclusive breastfeeding on demand for the baby. On the other hand, it is a method of determined duration (up to 6 months of life of the baby, although the influence of the fertility of this last item is being studied) and does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
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