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Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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By: Robert Zurawin, obstetrician and fertility specialist

Yes. In general, you're less fertile, but not infertile, while breastfeeding. Although you may not menstruate for months after giving birth, your body usually releases its first postpartum egg before you get your first period. So you won't know you've ovulated until two weeks later — when you menstruate.

If you know you don't want to get pregnant while nursing, begin using birth control as soon as you start having sex again. Many doctors recommend barrier methods such as condoms or a diaphragm, but some think the newer low-dose oral contraceptives are safe to use while breastfeeding and pose no harm to your baby. Ask your doctor about the "mini-pill," which doesn't contain estrogen, a hormone that can interfere with lactation, only progestin.

That said, if you're breastfeeding your baby exclusively, day and night, you may not menstruate again for a year or even longer after giving birth. If your baby sleeps through the night at an early age, your period probably will return more quickly — typically in three to eight months. The same is true if you're supplementing with formula.

In other words, the more often your baby nurses, the longer it may be before you get your period again. Experts believe this is because breastfeeding curbs the hormones that trigger ovulation. But remember, you could start ovulating again at any time after three months of lactation, and you probably won't know when it happens. If you want to make sure you don't get pregnant, use some form of birth control every time you have sex.
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Have you gotten pregnant while breastfeeding?


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Broccolieatme
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

My sister did! It took her years to conceive her son, she had a lot of reproductive issues, and the doctor said it would be unlikely that she get pregnant in the first place. She had a few miscarriages befoe she conceived her son. He was 7 months old, and she had just stopped breastfeeding and went back on the pill when she started having cramping/bleeding. She went to the doctor assuming it was another one of her exploding ovarian cysts that she gets, or the return of her endometriosis, and nope, turned out to be her daughter! So much for "unlikley" to get pregnant! lol.

chamelinmom
by Gold Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:25 PM

no, well i had a chemical pregnancy with it. I actually never got my period for 6 months while EBF. no bottles no suppliment. there is extreemly slim chance when you havent even started your period back up and your EBF that you will not get pregnant

Sonylena
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:26 PM

 Abra I was going to be concerned about you for a min. So glad that it was an article!

One-n-Counting
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM

I plan to breastfeed and do NFP. Getting pregnant again would be fine with me although waiting at least a year would ideal.

haymama
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 1:33 PM
i got pg twice while bf lol and it was less than 6months from the time i delivered (we were wanting one though, they were planned) so i would bfing alone is not a method to use for birth control
evansmommy03
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:04 PM

bump

Kenre
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM
Yup. I did this time. I was still breastfeeding Lump.
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