(Closed) Breastfeeding as birth control, poll

posted 5 years ago in Babies
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    got pregnant before my first postpartum period

    got pregnant while breastfeeding, but having a period

    got pregnant after weaning

  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

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    MrsAKSkier:  my kids are 16 months apart bc I thought BFing would protect me. LOL. good łuck!

    Post # 18
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I got pregnant at 12 months postpartum while still be (3-4 times a day) and af has returned at 9 months pp. it ended in a cp. we obviously were not relying on bf as birth control at that point – it was actually the one time dh didn’t pull out since I got af back. 

    Post # 19
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    You can’t rely on breastfeeding as a form of birth conrtol that is an easy way to get pregnant. 

    Post # 20
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2003

    No no no don’t rely on that lol. I had 2 babies in one year while fully breast-feeding my first (and I was on the mini pill!) hehe

    Post # 21
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    got my first period one month after i had my daughterm which i slightly contribute to starting the mini pill. The mini pill lowered my supply so I stopped it, and counted my ovulation week since I am regular. I still nursed when we decided to try for another, and got pregnant in the first cycle. I am 24 weeks pregnant and still breast feeding my 13 month old.

    Post # 22
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    Sugar Beekeeper

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    MrsAKSkier:  I am actually dealing with this now. At six weeks PP I hadn’t had a period and got an IUD (Mirena). I had it in for a few months and had terrible side effects so I had it removed and haven’t had a period since. That was three months ago. I am also regularly Boyfriend or Best Friend my son. I don’t know if the Mirena is still messing with my cycle of if the regular BFing is delaying AF.

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    No personal experience here but today my midwife was talking to me about how they would assist in getting me on birth control immediately after birth if I wanted to…. they are definitely pro breastfeeding and seemed to be suggesting they are trying to cut down on the number of accidental pregnancies.

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    This sounds like an unreliable (Read: terrible) idea.

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    If using LAM as contraception then you need to breastfeed every 4-6 hours, and it’s most effective for 6 months after you give birth. You should probably rely on another form of contraception after this time.

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

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    MstoMrsH:  It’s proven, effective contraception. Why is it a terrible idea?

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

     

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    BubblesandCupcakes:  For most people “irish twins” aren’t ideal. Terrible because if the person isn’t sticking to the proper feeding schedule they are likely to get pregnant. So terrible if “the idea of a second freaks me out”. I’d use more proven (i.e. condoms) method to avoid it.

    Not judging it on the whole, for some (perhaps most?) it works. For the 3 women I know who wanted to rely on it, not so much.

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    MstoMrsH:  If you don’t follow it to a T then it is not as effective. But LAM is pretty damn effective if you actually follow it.  I am wondering if the 3 women you know did not follow it exactly?  Doing simple things like giving a binkie or letting baby sleep 8 hours and pumping instead would lower the effectiveness.  There is more to it than just following the feeding schedule.

    No it’s not for everyone, so for most people I would say they should NOT use it as birth control.  But just trying to keep the facts straight, it can be effective if used correctly.

    I didn’t follow it because I pumped at work and gave binkies, etc.  Breastfeeding in general, without following ALL of these rules, is NOT birth control.

    Sure there is always a failure rate, but there is for everything except abstinence.

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

     

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    kes18:  Yeah, like I said, if you aren’t sticking to it then it’s not going to be effective. Plus why risk it if you aren’t ready for another baby? 1 of the ladies for sure didn’t the other two swear they did but you’re right, who knows. It’s risky business and I wouldn’t count on it past 6 months.

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