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Can i get pregnant while i'm breastfeeding?

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Dr. Collette Dominic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
Yes: Breast feeding is not reliable birth control.
Dr. Patrick Weix
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many effective types of birth control are safe to take or use while breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about options.
Oct 25, 2011
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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Yes, but...: Breastfeeding "birth control" is called lactational amenorrheal. In order for breastfeeding to be a form of birth control, your baby must be under 6 months of age, your should not have had your first period since your delivery yet, and you need to breastfeed every 3 hours during the day and no more than 4 at night, exclusively. That's a lot of conditions, but it is effective when they are met.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Breast feeding may suppress the process but does not prevent you from ovulating. If you ovulate & have unprotected intercourse you may get pregnant.
Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Possible: Yes, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding. Although breast feeding may inhibit your menstrual periods for a while after you deliver, it is definitely not a reliable method of birth control. If you don't want to get pregnant at this time, talk with your doctor about birth control.

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