It is often said that breastfeeding is a natural form of birth control because you can’t get pregnant when you are breastfeeding. Is this true and can you depend on this form of birth control to avoid falling pregnant by accident before you’re ready for another child?
Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding?
This pregnancy myth is actually rooted in fact. During pregnancy, you cannot get pregnant because your body does not ovulate and you do not get your period. After childbirth, you do not menstruate while you are breastfeeding. However, you cannot rely on this as a dependable form of birth control. It is hard to say when your body will resume ovulating. Even if you do not get your period, you could still get pregnant.
There are also certain criteria you have to fulfill such as breastfeeding full time, both day and night. Once you switch to part-time breastfeeding or supplementing with formula or solid foods, you are no longer safe. If your baby sleeps through the night or has begun to need fewer feeds, that’s also not safe anymore. This is usually around 6 months for most people.
Should I follow this myth?
Find out if you should risk it while breastfeeding on the next page…