breastfeeding is it a sort of contrception?
Denikka - posted on 11/11/2012
Technically it CAN be used as birth control.
You have to be feeding exclusively and on demand, the baby should not be using a soother or any other pacification other than the breast, and it's only considered at all reliable for the first 6 months.
It's said to be up to 98% effective.
I would only suggest using this method if you would be okay with getting pregnant again, just in case. It's a pretty specific set of circumstances that need to line up. If you're trying to avoid pregnancy, but would be okay if it happened, this can be a reasonable way to do it (it's the method I have used, my babies are spaced roughly 2 years apart, no other contraceptive has been used during that time)
The only real sure fire way to prevent getting pregnant is to already BE pregnant, or to not have sex at all.
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