Is lactation a safe period? Whether breastfeeding infant protects your pregnancy? These are some of the common questions asked by women who want to protect pregnancy after delivery. This article will discuss the true fact on breastfeeding and pregnancy.
Many women think that the period of breastfeeding is a safe period and they continue to feed the baby for two or three years under the impression that by doing so, they will be safe from conceiving during this period. They believe that during the period of breastfeeding, menstruation will not take place and so conception cannot take place. But it is absolutely untrue that suckling in itself is a safe method of contraception. Normally after nine or ten months of the delivery a woman begins to menstruate. In many cases menstruation may begin even as early as in the second or third month. It is suggested that when the baby is seven or eight month old, it should be weaned away; otherwise it will adversely affect the health of both the mother and the child.
Women who become pregnant again while feeding one baby wrongs not only herself and the baby but also the potential child in the womb. Many women believe that conception will not take place during the lactation period. They do not menstruate, but on examination it was found that they were pregnant. To sum up, this method has proved unreliable and undependable.
Thus it can be concluded that breastfeeding does have a protective contraceptive effect, one cannot totally depend on the protection. The hormones produced when breastfeeding may prevent pregnancy. But you should not depend fully on this protection. If you breastfeed your baby totally, then you can expect good protection initially for eight to ten weeks. However, there are cases in which women re-conceived six weeks after the baby was born. It has been observed that if a baby is kept fully on breastfeed and is breastfed a minimum of at least 10 times a day then the chances of pregnancy for about four months are rare. Remember, it is not advisable to depend on the return of periods. A woman may even conceive without having started her periods.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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