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Can I get pregnant if I am still breastfeeding?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Although it is commonly thought you cannot, breastfeeding is not adequate birth control.

In brief: Yes

Although it is commonly thought you cannot, breastfeeding is not adequate birth control.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Dr. Jennifer Thomas
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In brief: Yes

Breastfeeding can stop ovulation, but this is highly unreliable.

In brief: Yes

Breastfeeding can stop ovulation, but this is highly unreliable.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Alan Patterson
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
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