Breastfeeding as Birth Control
Breastfeeding as birth control, also called the “lactational amenorrhea method” or “LAM”, can be used as a form of birth control, but only if done very specifically.
In order for this method to work correctly you need to nurse at least every 4 hours during the day, every 6 hours at night, and feed your baby only breast milk. This will cause your body to stop ovulation. You will not have a period either.
Up to 98% effective
Things you may like about breastfeeding as birth control:
- No side effects
- Can use with other contraceptive options
Things you may dislike about breastfeeding as birth control:
- Requires a lot of dedication
- Does not protect against STIs
- Can be hard to exclusively breastfeed
- Only prevents pregnancy for up to 6 months after birth
Nothing at all!
Does it protect against STIs?
Disclaimer: This website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have.