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How to Breastfeed: Taking Birth Control

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Under certain conditions, breastfeeding your baby can prevent you from becoming pregnant.?The lactational amenorrhea method of birth control makes use of the period of time when a woman is amenorrheic, which means she isn't ovulating and cannot become pregnant.? This method is most effective in women who are breastfeeding exclusively, meaning that their baby does not receive any milk besides the mother's breast milk directly from the breast. Any pumping, formula or other foods given to the baby will reduce the effectiveness of the lactational amenorrhea method. In the first six months post partem, this method is 98.5-99.5% effective for moms who breastfeed exclusively.? Some factors for this birth control method include the baby's age, feeding times, and post partem bleeding. For it to be highly effective, the baby must be under six months old. Also, you should not go any longer than four hours in between feedings during the day and six hours between feedings at night.? Finally, the mother must not have experienced any bleeding after 56 days post partem. Bleeding before the end of 56 days can be ignored because it's not considered a menstrual period. When the period returns after 56 days post partem, the mother may be ovulating and is more likely to get pregnant. However, most mothers who breastfeed exclusively do not get their periods for at least the first six months following birth.? Mothers also have traditional birth controls method options that are compatible with breastfeeding. If you want to use the birth control pill, a low-dose or mini pill are better for breastfeeding. Other barrier birth control methods are acceptable as well. It's a good idea to talk to you doctor about other methods.? Doctors do have concerns about injectable forms of birth control, such as Depo-Provera. If given right after birth, it can reduce a mother's milk supply and make it difficult to rebound from this reduction. It's a good idea to wait about six weeks after birth before getting the injection.? Other methods, such as the birth control patch or ring, can also affect the breast milk supply so you should discuss options with your doctor before using them. Read more by visiting our page at:
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