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Can i get pregnant if i am still breastfeeding?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: Breastfeeding can stop ovulation, but this is highly unreliable.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
once you cut down on the brest feeding to 1-3 times per day it is possible to ovulate and get pregnant before you would ever have a period, if you are breast feeding multiple times per day then that almost always should inhibit ovulation but you are still supposed to use birth control
Sep 26, 2013
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Yes: Although it is commonly thought you cannot, breastfeeding is not adequate birth control.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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Yes: The lack of periods from breastfeeding, called "lactational amenorrhea" works as birth control only if the baby is less than 6 months old, you are exclusively breastfeeding, getting stimulation on your breasts every 2-3 during the day and every 4 hours at night and if you haven't already had a period. This form of birth control is good if all the conditions are met, but still isn't perfect.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Yes: Breast-feeding does prevent ovulation, and if you do not ovulate, you can't get pregnant...But not always! the issue with breast-feeding is the absence of menstrual periods, which can help women plot their cycles for birth control. Yep, one egg can sneak through, and bam -- lots of plans have to be reworked! contraception is a must during nursing: condoms, iuds, or other hormonal choices.
United Kingdom
A 26-year-old female asked:

If breastfeeding can u get pregnant?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Yes; but ...: In the third world if you are continually breast feeding it alters your internal hormonal balance so it makes it difficult for you to ovulate and thus get pregnant. But if you stop for even a short time, then you may get pregnant again. It's kind of nature's way of telling a woman's body not to get pregnant while she is breastfeeding. Neat, that way.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What to do if you can t get pregnant if breastfeeding?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Be patient: Breastfeeding can be looked at as your body giving itself a pit stop by delaying the pregnancy.
Beaumont, TX
A 33-year-old female asked:

How did i get pregnant while exclusively breastfeeding?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Ovulation happens: Women who are breastfeeding can ovulate, but it is not predictable when the ovulation will start happening. It's just the way nature is.
CA
A 22-year-old male asked:

When i'm breastfeeding do I still have to follow the same food regimen as when I was pregnant?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Almost: You need about 500 calories more a day while breastfeeding, at the end of the pregnancy this was 300 calories. Fluids also help with mild production.

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