can you get pregnant wile breastfeeding if your period isnt regular??
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Yes. Before I left the hospital, my doctor was almost adamant about me getting on birth control. He said that breastfeeding is not birth control. You still ovulate while breast feeding, even though you may or may not have a period. A friend of mine didn't believe the doc when she was told the same thing (we have the same doc) and she was pregnant at her 6 week appointmen (ACK!).
Bethany - posted on 05/18/2009
Yes. Even if you haven't had a period yet, you can still get pregnant because you ovulate a couple weeks before your cycle starts. Breastfeeding is not a foolproof method of birth control. For example, I breastfed exclusively from my daughter's birth well through a year, but started my period by my six week check up. So I could have gotten pregnant about a month after giving birth.
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Melissa - posted on 05/21/2009
YES - you can! So, use protection, even if you are still breastfeeding. :) Your body will begin ovulation again approximately 2 weeks before you start your period...so, you can be ovulating and may not even know it! Unless you're ready for another child, then always use protection. :)
Samantha - posted on 05/21/2009
In Canada it is considered a birth control method it's called LAM, and about 98% effective for 6 months. But it has very stringent guidelines, like you have to breastfeed on demand throughout the day. The child cannot be eating anything other that breastmilk, the child cannot have a pacifier, the child has to sleep with you in bed and breastfeed through the night on and off, and you cannot go for more than 3 hours ( think) w/o feeding the baby. Doing this produces a hormone what doesn't allow you to get pregnant, but even the slightest detour from this routine can increase you chances of getting pregnant. But certain types of birth control can affect your milk supply and make it hard to breastfeed. I can't remember if it was to get a solely progesterone, or just estrogen type of pill, that doesn't affect the milk supply as much. Well anyhow, I did use this method, and I have irregular periods, but as soon as I started my son on solids, I just started using condoms again. I am going back to the pill once I wean my son in about 5 months.
It might be gross, but the way you can know there might be an egg waiting to be fertilized is by examining your mucous (yuck i know) I have fully breast fed all of my children (no supplements whatsoever) and i can get pregnant when the baby is 6 months old.
Molissa - posted on 05/18/2009
Your periods may not be regular, but yes you can get pregnant while breastfeeding. Because they are irregular, you need to be extra careful because you don't know when you will have an egg waiting! My ob-gyn told me this when I asked at my last appt. I have always had irregular periods. I just had one two weeks ago, and now am having another. You never know when an egg is waiting to be fertilized so be careful. Either wait until you are regular, or go on birth control now and wait until it takes effect. I knew someone who was breastfeeding and 4 weeks later was pregnant again even though she was breastfeeding and had no period yet.
Melissa - posted on 05/18/2009
My understanding is that it is possible, but with breastfeeding your chances are lower. My sister ended up getting pregnant as soon as she stopped breastfeeding and before she even had her period go back to normal. Actually I don't think she even had one single period between stopping breastfeeding and becoming pregnant again.
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