Studies have shown that lactational amenorrhea for prevention of pregnancy
works best when there is unrestricted breastfeeding
without regard to schedules, resulting in six to eight breastfeedings a day will suppress ovulation
. In addition, allowing your baby to feed at night takes advantage of the peak of the milk-making hormones that suppress ovulation, which are highest between 1 A.M. And 6 A.M. Nighttime nursing is important to the suppression of fertility
. Avoid using supplemental bottles and pacifiers - all of baby's sucking should be at the breast, for comfort as well as food. Delay the introduction of solid foods until age six months or later. Solids should provide additional nutrition
, not substitute for breast feedings.
If you have had your period, be aware that you can become pregnant and that at this point, you should use some form of birth control
if you want to avoid becoming pregnant.