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Has anyone gotten pregnant while EBF?

Posted by on Jan. 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM
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i'm on the mini pill  ( no estrogen)  i bleed in oct, nov. and nothing dec. i'm tired again and takes naps again like i was pregnant. i know BF isn't BC but it's possible to get pregnant. should i take a prego test?

by on Jan. 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM
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mamapowell
by Group Owner on Jan. 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Exclusive breastfeeding has in fact been shown to be an excellent form of birth control, but there are certain criteria that must be met for breastfeeding to be used effectively.

Exclusive breastfeeding (by itself) is 98-99.5% effective in preventing pregnancy as long as all of the following conditions are met:

  1. Your baby is less than six months old
  2. Your menstrual periods have not yet returned
  3. Baby is breastfeeding on cue (both day & night), and gets nothing but breastmilk or only token amounts of other foods.
  4. Breastfeeding frequency and total amount of time spent breastfeeding per 24 hours are the strongest factors leading to the return of fertility: a mother is more likely to see the return of fertility if baby's nursing frequency and/or duration is reduced, particularly if the change is abrupt.
  5. In some populations, research has shown that night nursing slows the return to fertility.
  6. One study showed that mothers who were separated from their infants (but expressed milk to provide 100% breastmilk for baby) had a higher pregnancy risk (5.2%) during the first 6 months (Valdes 2000).
  7. The introduction of solid food can also be a factor in the return of fertility. Once baby starts solids (if mom's cycles have not returned), the natural period of infertility may be prolonged by breastfeeding before offering solids, starting solids gradually, and not restricting nursing
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