Family Planning

The are many contraception options available to breastfeeding moms. In fact, breastfeeding itself happens to be a temporary birth control method ­– only when done the right way.

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)

Breastfeeding can be a form of birth control for women who have recently given birth and are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding moms cannot get pregnant because breastfeeding naturally stops the ovulation process and prevents women from having their period. This temporary contraception method can only be used during the first 6 months after childbirth.

The Lactational Amenorrhea Method is reported to be 98% effective for moms who EXCLUSIVELY breastfeed four hours a day and at least every six hours a night.

Note that menstruating will prevent this contraception method from working.

Recommended Birth Control Methods While Breastfeeding 

These birth control methods are completely safe and won’t interfere with your milk supply.

  • Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)
  • Condoms (the only method that may also prevent STD infections including HIV/AIDS)
  • Diaphragm
  • Cervical Cap
  • Sterilization
  • Natural Family Planning (the Rhythm Method, where you track your monthly cycle)
  • Spermicides
  • The Sponge
  • Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)

Avoid these birth control methods while breastfeeding 

The methods listed below can interfere with your milk production if taken at any point while breastfeeding. 

  • The Ring
  • The Patch
  • The Pill
  • Emergency Contraception

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