Can you fall pregnant if youre solely breastfeeding?

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Raye - posted on 05/25/2016

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While breastfeeding, the hormone in control is prolactin, which produces milk. This can interfere with the estrogen and progesterone that are needed to get pregnant and can make it difficult for your body to ovulate. And if you don't ovulate, you can't conceive. However, at any time, the hormone levels of prolactin could drop enough that you could begin ovulating again. Since you ovulate before you get your period, you could get pregnant before getting your period back.

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Sarah - posted on 05/26/2016

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Ashleigh must have deleted her post. While I do believe this can be the case for some women, you just never know for sure. I know that when I was nursing, I did not menstruate, I did not use BC and continued to have sex as we were open to having more kids at anytime. So for me, I did not conceive during nursing any of my kids. That was me and maybe it was just a coincidence?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/25/2016

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I've never run across a physician that would state, as Ashleigh has suggested, "you typically WON'T (get pregnant while breastfeeding)". Everything I've ever seen, read, listened to says that breastfeeding is NOT birth control. Most will also either recommend or prescribe an actual BC method

Jodi - posted on 05/25/2016

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I am fully aware of how breastfeeding affects the hormones, but it also requires that you EXCLUSIVELY breastfeed a certain number of times every day and it depends on the person. I guarantee to you, plenty of women get pregnant while breastfeeding because they think they can't, so I'm sorry, doctors and nurses shouldn't be telling people they generally won't. It gives them a false sense of security. Instead, they should be recommending birth control.

Jodi - posted on 05/25/2016

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I don't know any doctors that would tell you that you generally won't.....If you have a doctor that tells you that, time to change doctors. Of course you can get pregnant. Breastfeeding may delay your period, but you can never, ever know when you are going to ovulate.

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