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Does Breastfeeding can lead to pregnancy in women?

By Rima Chowdhury
In Health & Fitness
September 24, 2015

There are various questions, on can really women get pregnant while breastfeeding? Do you really think so? Well, we have got the appropriate answer to this which can help to solve your problem. Coming back to the topic, no a women cannot become pregnant while breastfeeding their babies and this practice is called the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) of birth control.  Generally, women who breastfeed do not menstruate after childbirth and this results in natural infertility. Also, you will not know when you have ovulated or released an egg until you get your periods.

Does Breastfeeding can lead to pregnancy in women?

Does Breastfeeding can lead to pregnancy in women?

Research says, women who breastfeed their babies generally do not menstruate for at least a year after giving birth to the child. However, if the mother of the baby breastfeeds less in the night she is more likely to start with her period once again, which may usually be under 3 to 8 months after delivering the baby. Expert says that breastfeeding prevents ovulation by regulating hormones and also triggers the process. You can ovulate anytime after 3 months of nursing and you do not even realize it.

You may wonder how to prevent pregnancy during such time. Doctors recommend using barrier methods such as diaphragms and condoms to be used during sex. While on the other hand, some people believe in taking birth control pills or any low dose oral contraceptives or mini pills during this time. It should be noted that you are fertile, which is around 12 -16 days before days before your periods.

Breastfeeding has long been used by women to avoid getting pregnant. Researchers from Georgetown University have found that breastfeeding or LAM is effective for birth control and may be more reliable than using a condom or diaphragm. The risk of getting pregnant with LAM is less than 2% when three conditions are met:

Does Breastfeeding can lead to pregnancy in women?

Does Breastfeeding can lead to pregnancy in women?

when the baby is younger than six months

The  mother should not menstruate again

Only and only if Exclusive breastfeeding is practiced


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Rima is a Journalist by profession and currently an editor with With more than 3 years of experience in writing and editing, she has also maintained editorial sections of several websites including One India group and Wittyfeed. With a degree in PR and management, Rima is a responsible writer who believes in giving the best pieces of the article here. Editing for latest trends in fashion, all beauty related topics and fitness content are taken care by her. Reach her at
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