You may have heard that breastfeeding serves as natural contraception. Does breastfeeding really serve as contraception? Yes, the reproductive cycle of a woman may well be suppressed during the time she is breastfeeding. However, be very careful and make sure you know your facts – according to studies, a woman must be fully breastfeeding.
Mothers who are breastfeeding fully may not menstruate from anything between 6 to 18 months postpartum. The time when a mother is not menstruating is called Lactational Amenorrhea.
Solely relying on breastfeeding as a form of contraception is called the Lactational Amenorrhea method.
As with any form of contraception, it can never be relied upon 100%. Can you really be sure that you are not ovulating, despite having no periods?
The important word to underline when considering using breastfeeding as natural contraception is breastfeeding fully.
If you decide that natural contraception is the way for you then make sure you read the following book “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding” from la leche league international. It contains thorough research and advice on the Lactational Amenorrhea method. It is worth reading and knowing your facts before you choose to follow this method.