A 21-year-old female asked:
if ii am exclusively breast feeding/pumping and its only been 4 weeks after delivery, is it possible for me to get pregnant?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Kitturah Schomberg-Klaiss answered
27 years experience Family Medicine
Not likely: Frequent breastfeeding causes hormonal changes which should suppress ovulation & prevent pregnancy. Some backup contraception, such as using condoms, however, will help you be sure not to get pregnant before you plan to.
Answered on Dec 15, 2014
Dr. Renee Harris answered
36 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Possible: Some studies have shown return of ovulation within 28 days of exclusive breastfeeding, so it is not a good method of contraception. There are many methods that are safe with nursing, especially after 6 weeks. Besides barrier methods of condoms and spermicides which are safe no matter how far out from delivery, but less effective, Progesterone only pills, shots, and iud's are fine.
Answered on Jun 10, 2015
Dr. David Reddell answered
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes!: As a pediatrician, I have encountered several moms who were still nursing a baby under 6 months, and were already pregnant again. Definitely discuss birth control with your obstetrician as soon as possible.
Answered on Feb 20, 2013
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