Post # 1
There seems to be a lot of literature stating that lactation increases fecundity intervals. And yet, I know so many people who got pregnant while breastfeeding! They even shrug their shoulders that they always thought it was impossible, a sort of natural birth control. Do you know anyone to whom this has happened?
Post # 3
My Nanny, maternal grandmother, got pregnant with my uncle while she was breastfeeding my mom. She didn’t think it was possible, but obviously it was because I have an uncle.
Post # 4
Breatfeeding is NOT birthcontrol, when I was pregnant someone told me that a lot of people thought you couldn’t get pregnant when breastfeedign and I was shocked, to me it makes no sense whatsoever why you would think you coudn’t get pregnant just because you are breastfeeding. My sister got pregnant(planned) 2x’s while breastfeeding.
Post # 5
Add an option for zero? I don’t know of anyone personally that this has happened to, but I’ve heard that it can happen, even though it’s kind of uncommon in most cases. Kind of like how ppl think it’s impossible to get pregnant while on your period. It’s possible, just doesn’t happen that often.
ETA: I’m not comparing a period to breastfeeding, just the logic that some ppl would use to apply to both.
Post # 6
My mom did extended breastfeeding with all of us (breastfed until each one was at least 2 years old), and we’re all two years apart. So almost every time she got pregnant, she was still breastfeeding at least one of us. And one of my co-workers got pregnant with 4 out of 5 of her children while breastfeeding at least one of her kids; they’re all less than a year apart!
I know a lot of my aunts and my mom’s friends all got pregnant while breastfeeding, too. Back then, the birth control pill wasn’t safe to take while breastfeeding, so I don’t think most of them were using any real precautions. 🙂 Now, at least, breastfeeding mothers can take the mini pill, so I think that’s why none of my other mommy friends have had another baby yet!
Post # 7
It is possible! Some women think they’ll be fine because while you’re actively lactating, your body typically suppresses your monthly cycle. But that’s not the case for everyone, so breastfeeding is definitely not to be used as primary birth control. Furthermore, it’s easiest to get pregnant right after having a baby, so if you’re one of those who still has a period while breastfeeding, it’s extremely easy to get pregnant if you’re not using protection.
Post # 8
Hey, wait, I think we’re all forgetting about the Duggars, lol. They’re totally living proof that it does happen, and often in their case, hahaha!
Post # 9
My midwife told me that it is 94% effective as birth control as long as you are EXCLUSIVELY breastfeeding and the baby is 6 months or younger. As soon as you introduce solid foods or supplement with formula, it becomes much less effective.
Post # 10
My mother! My little sisters are 364 days apart. 😛 The oldest was born on April 27th 1990 and the next was born on April 26th 1991.
Post # 11
@FreeRangeMom: did she cite her sources? I’d be really interested to see the hard data on this, not just old wives tales!
Post # 12
@Potatoes: I know someone like that too. Her kids are about a year apart.
Post # 13
Yeah, I was also told that since I was exclusively breastfeeding I probably wouldn’t have a period until I started to slow down and put my 1st child on a bottle. They were wrong. My period was back in full swing the very next month.
Plus I’m now pregnant with number two, and I was still BFing when I concieved.
It’s definitely different for every woman.
Post # 14
I think you need to be exclusively breatfeeding, as someone above mentioned. I’ve heard of some people using something called Ecological Breatfeeding, which is more dependable in the first 6 months (Wikipedia says 1% failure in the first 6 months, postpartum; 6% failure before the first postpartum period). The rules for using it are pretty strict, though, so most breastfeeders probably don’t qualify.
For ecological breastfeeding, you have to meet these (I got this from Wikipedia, btw): The baby has to be younger than 6 months. You have to be exclusively breastfeeding the child (no formula, bottles, pumping, solids, or water for the baby). the only pacifier the baby can use is the breast (so, no using your fingers, a pacifier, etc), the baby has to be breastfed frequetly (bare minumim of every 4-hours in the day, every 6-hours during the night; allowing non-nutritive suckling and no scheduling the feedings), practicing safe cosleeping (to stimulate prolactin), babywearing and not separating from the infant, taking naps with the baby, and mom can’t have a period for the first 56 days.
I think there may be other methods out there, but I don’t know much about them. I’ve never been pregnant and I heard about ecological breastfeeding when I heard someone mention using it, so I looked it up. It sounds like it would be pretty good at preventing pregnancy and a good solution for some, but really hard for the vast majority of us to use!!
Post # 15
My mom did – little bro and I are 18 mos apart. Our receptionist got pregnant in the first 2 mos after she gave birth.
You can DEFINITELY get pregnant while breastfeeding. You just have to be on a special kind of BC pill if your breastfeeding. The nurses at our hospital stressed that it’s not really a dependable method of BC. And it doesn’t seem like something worth taking a chance on if you don’t want to get pregnant again.
Post # 16
@FreeRangeMom: Wow, I can’t believe she said that, to me that is just crazy!
When I was pregnant and talking to the Lactant consultant she is the one that told me you can get pregnant while breastfeeding! Of course I thought it was just common sense that you could still get pregnant(She was surprised that I thought it was crzay that people use it as a BC, she said most people don’t). I would never encourage anyone to use breastfeeding as a BC, no way, no how!