Birth Control | Breastfeeding as Birth ControlBreastfeeding 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
  • Non-hormonal
  • Inexpensive
  • 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?

No. Breastfeeding does not protect from STIs. Use condoms to reduce the spread of 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.