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Why does everyone think you can't get pregnant while BF?

I did! I was only breastfeeding my then 6 month old daughter and I got pregnant. Plus I was on the pill and using condoms 90% of the time. I had never heard of BF helping to prevent pregnancy before cafemom and I have seen it on here multiple times. What's the truth behind all of this?

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Asked by imamommmmyyy at 7:49 PM on May. 18, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • If you nurse regularly between 6 and 8 times a day it is supposed to help supres your period enough so that you don't ovulate, which means that you can't get pregnant. I don't know about not getting pregnant while you are nursing. I have heard that your odds are much smaller though. You are just a fertile Myrtle.

    Answer by coala at 7:55 PM on May. 18, 2010

  • It use to be that if you were only breastfeeding that it would stave off ovulation, then when solids would be started, normally about 7-9 months, you would start ovulating. Now with more people not breast feeding as much, and I'm also talking about time during the day, and starting solids's not a reliable method anymore. I know that when my dad was growing up, in the 1930's pretty much everyone in any given family was about 10-12 months apart. There was a family in my town when I was in high school that almost every one of their kids was 10 months apart. In can be done, you just have to do it right.

    Answer by daisy521 at 7:55 PM on May. 18, 2010

  • Because BF full time will usually stop your period. No period, no egg to be fertilized. Well, I said USUALLY.....because I got pregnant too!

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 7:58 PM on May. 18, 2010

  • Also it is only for the first 6 months...after 6 months the chances increase of you getting pregnant. Same with birth control pills...not 100% effective, condoms as well...Nothing is completely safe.

    Answer by carmadsmom at 8:00 PM on May. 18, 2010

  • People are dumb. You don't have to ahve a period to ovulate. If you're having sex and have a uterus & ovaries, you can get pregnant, plain and simple. Nothing prevents it 100% except abstinence. I'm glad there's someone else who knows better!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:36 PM on May. 18, 2010

  • There's a NFP method called ecological breastfeeding. It's my understanding that it's 98-99% effective in avoiding pregnancy if these 3 conditions are met 1) Baby is LESS then 6 months old 2) menstrual cycle has NOT returned and 3) baby is ONLY breastfeed. If those 3 conditions are NOT met then it becomes less and less effective in avoiding pregnancy. SOME people have had success in spacing children up to 2 years with this form of NFP. However, I doubt it is the only form they used. They most likely use it WITH Systematic NFP.


    Answer by SAHMinIL2 at 10:36 PM on May. 18, 2010

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