SPOILER ALERT: BREASTFEEDING DOES NOT PREVENT PREGNANCY

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/01/2013 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Ok, I've really got to say that I'm disappointed. In this day and age, the 21st century, people actually are still passing on this TOTAL MYTH that breastfeeding will prevent pregancy.

Sorry, ladies, this is NOT TRUE AT ALL. Please quit listening to people that don't know a damn thing about what they're talking about. Or, at the very least do a google search!

Oh, and other methods that DO NOT WORK: the "pull out" method. Sorry, if you are penetrated by a male penis, YOU CAN GET PREGNANT.

Even BC is never 100% effective.

Please, instead of perpetuating the stupid myths, EDUCATE PEOPLE!!!

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Rs - posted on 01/28/2014

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Of course I have read the research, and your demeaning tone is completely uncalled for and doesn't give you any credibility. I did specify that certain conditions must be met, including yes, keeping baby with you most of the time. Breastfeeding does not automatically render a women infertile, she must practice at least exclusive, preferable ecological breastfeeding to count on infertility. A woman who breastfeeds but uses pacis, bottles, doesn't feed on demand and frequently absolutely CANNOT count on breastfeeding to postpone pregnancy.
I do agree that many women think that breastfeeding in General will cause prevent pregnancy and this misinformation Does cause unplanned pregnancy. However, to imply that no type of breastfeeding prevents pregnancy simply isn't true.
The research does show that exclusive breastfeeding, and especially Eco breastfeeding, as I said are over 98% effective.

Lots of women come on these sites saying they pregnant while taking the pill. Your saying that the effectiveness of all forms of breastfeeding is myth would be like me saying that the effectiveness of the pill is a myth because I know that lots of people get pregnant on the pill. Of course I would be omitting that most of those people were not taking the pill correctly and that would be a ridiculous statement.

In the same respect, there is a "correct" method of breastfeeding that is known to render a women infertile. Most women who get pregnant while breastfeeding were not actually practicing this type of breastfeeding.

Telling women that they cannot use breastfeeding to space their children is a lie that makes them feel like their only option is to take birth control. That is not true. Exclusive/Eco breastfeeding takes a lot of dedication but women who practice it, it is absolutely effective.
I would love to know what research you are thinking of that says this is not true; as someone who has done a lot of research on the subject, I have never come across any.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/27/2014

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Oh, Sarah, sarah, sarah...

Thanks for the great laugh on a snowy monday morning...I wouldn't have posted this to begin with, were it not for the outrageous amounts of women who BELIEVE that BS!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, honey, but breastfeeding DOES NOT prevent pregnancy...Unless you've got baby strapped to you 24-7, and you do not allow a penis anywhere near you!

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/29/2014

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Ah, but Sarah, never, ever did I say that ANY method of birth control is 100% effective, unless you are using the abstinence method!

And what in the world is a "demeaning tone" when typing? Please, my dear, enlighten me! Because, for as long as I can remember, and both times I was pregnant, I have read and been told by professional physicians, AND lactation consultants that one should not assume that they will not get pregnant whilst breastfeeding, because one CAN!

Not to mention the outrageous (in my opinion) number of women with "irish twins"...born 9-10 months apart because they 'thought' that they couldn't conceive whilst breastfeeding.

So, no, just as with ANY other birth control, including barrier methods, it is never 100% effective. Period.

Jodi - posted on 01/28/2014

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Except that you NEVER know when you are going to ovulate, so you should still use a form of birth control. There are WAY too many women who honestly believe that because they aren't getting their period they can't get pregnant. How long breastfeeding delays ovulation for is different for every woman, and can be unpredictable.

Jodi - posted on 01/25/2014

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Sarah....have you seen how many women come to this site surprised that they are pregnant because they are breastfeeding? That's why this was posted......

Sarah - posted on 01/25/2014

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Have you looked at any of the research on this subject before coming to this conclusion?
While partial breastfeeding (using pacifiers, bottles, etc along with breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding and ecological breastfeeding have a documented success rate of 98 and 99 percent, respectively. In fact, it is documented to be more effective than even the pill or condom. Ecological breastfeeding has a .5% pregnancy rate when used perfectly and 2% pregnancy rate for typical use. The pill has a .3% and 8% pregnancy rate and the condom has a 2% and 15% pregnancy rate, respectively.

The myth that breastfeeding does not prevent pregnancy stems from breastfeeding women who were separated regularly from their baby (working, for example), from women who were breastfeeding exclusively, and/or using ecological principles becoming pregnant.

Exclusive breastfeeding is 98-99.5% effective at avoiding pregnancy if the baby is under 6 months old, the mother's period has not returned and the baby is allowed to nurse frequently on demand (day and night) and is given only breast milk and very minute amounts of foods, like puffs, or rice cereal.

Ecological breastfeeding has an even higher success rate: practically 100% in the 1st 3 months, over 98% from months 3-6 and about 94% after 6 months (as long as mom's periods haven't returned. The average time that a woman's period returns is 14.6 months. I practice eco-breastfeeding and did not have a period until 13 months after my 1st child and until 18 months after my 2nd.

Eco breastfeeding means that mom keeps baby close, breastfeeds on demand, day and night, lies down for at least one hour a day with baby to nurse, uses no pacis or bottles, and comforts baby by breastfeeding.
I write about breastfeeding, NFP and other natural health issues at http://modernhousewife.hubpages.com/

You can also see the research yourself by visiting http://www.lalecheleague.org and www.kellymom.com. I would encourage you to do a little research yourself.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/02/2013

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Denikka...Wow, that explains a lot! I didn't realize that medical professionals are perpetuating this!

The absolute only 100% method is no sex...LOL...and most don't like to hear that ;-)

Thanks for sharing the info tho...I'll try to just ignore those "could I be" posts... :-D

Ev - posted on 08/01/2013

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I have to add to this too. I agree totally. And as for BC usage to help prevent pregnancies. I had a friend that used a lot of prescription and over counter types and she ended up getting pregnant on all of them....five times I think. So yeah, BC methods of all sorts are not 100 percent.

Jodi - posted on 08/01/2013

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It is also only effective if a woman knows exactly when she starts ovulating.......and for most women, they won't know when they have started ovulating again. Therefore, not particularly effective at all.

Also, can I just say (because it is a pet peeve of mine), irregardless is not a proper word.....

Denikka - posted on 08/01/2013

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Technically it IS a type of birth control (same as the pull out method). It reduces your chances of getting pregnant (vs not doing anything)
Both breastfeeding and pulling out are listed as methods on the sheet of options that was given to me by the hospital after the birth of my son a few weeks ago, and a Google search does come up with an assortment of sites, from Wikipedia to Planned Parenthood does list them.

Granted they are not hugely effective in comparison to other methods like condoms or IUD's. And most people don't realize that there are a number of qualifiers to even use LAM as b/c.
It ONLY works for 6 months OR LESS.
And that is ONLY while you do NOT have a period.
You MUST be feeding your baby every few hours and not giving them anything else. It's my understanding that pumping does not work.

It has about a 2% failure rate.


If you're ABSOLUTELY sure that you don't want anymore kids, this is not a method for you. If you are fairly okay with having another, or want to space your kids naturally, this is something that can work for you.

But, as you said Shawnn, nothing is 100%. Even with multiple methods being used. If a penis is inserted into the vagina, there is a chance of pregnancy.
The only way to tell, irregardless of the symptoms you may or may not have, is to take a test.
If you feel the home test is not correct, then go to your doctor. Blood tests are WAY more accurate and can detect a pregnancy at 7-12 days. Urine tests are about 97% accurate after day 14.
A false negative is MUCH more possible than a false positive (which is actually very rare). So if the tests says you are pregnant, chances are pretty damn good that you actually ARE pregnant.

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