While breastfeeding, it is possible to get pregnant without menstruation, but the chances of getting pregnant are low.
Even if you are breastfeeding and have not had a period, pregnancy can occur any time after 3 weeks after giving birth. It’s a common misconception that a woman can’t get pregnant until she’s had her period for at least one month after giving birth. But because the ovaries release eggs before menstruation, a woman can be fertile for at least a few weeks before symptoms develop.
How does breastfeeding affect fertility?
Fertility tends to decrease because breastfeeding reduces the amount of gonadotropin-releasing hormone and luteinizing hormone, which are necessary for ovulation and pregnancy.
Those who breastfeed more often have lower levels of these hormones and are less likely to get pregnant.
Can breastfeeding be a form of contraception?
Breastfeeding is sometimes used as a form of contraception, also known as lactating menstrual cycle (LAM). Three conditions must be met for this method to work.
Absence of menstruation (menstruation)
The mother should breastfeed completely or almost completely (no more than 4-6 hours between feedings).
Must be less than 6 months postpartum
However, pregnancy can occur even with LAM. The longer you go between feedings, the more likely you are to get pregnant.
Contraception is recommended for those who do not want to become pregnant while breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about the best birth control method to use while breastfeeding.