Can breastfeeding stop me from getting pregnant?

How does breastfeeding prevent pregnancy? When you exclusively breastfeed — meaning you nurse at least every 4 hours during the day and every 6 hours at night, and feed your baby only breast milk — your body naturally stops ovulating. You can’t get pregnant if you don’t ovulate.

Is it harder to get pregnant when breastfeeding?

Whether you’re considering having another little one as soon as possible or you’re going to wait, it is important to know how breastfeeding affects your fertility. Exclusive breastfeeding can temporarily delay your fertility postpartum, making it more difficult (but not impossible) to get pregnant while nursing.

How long can breastfeeding prevent pregnancy?

Breastfeeding only prevents pregnancy for up to 6 months.

Go ahead and breastfeed your baby as long as you like. But breastfeeding isn’t a long-term natural birth control method — you can only rely on breastfeeding to prevent pregnancy for the first 6 months of your baby’s life.

Can a breastfeeding mother get pregnant without seeing her period?

Yes, it’s possible to get pregnant any time from about three weeks after giving birth. This is true even if you’re breastfeeding and haven’t had a period yet. Many women are less fertile while they’re breastfeeding, especially in the early weeks and months.

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How can I get my ovulation back while breastfeeding?

To bring back your fertility sooner, try changing your breastfeeding pattern. There is no general rule around breastfeeding frequency that leads to the return of fertility. Abrupt changes in breastfeeding generally brings back fertility quicker.

How do you tell if you’re pregnant when breastfeeding?

Pregnant while breastfeeding symptoms

  1. Missed/late period.
  2. Tiredness.
  3. Nausea.
  4. Sore breasts.

How soon after baby can you get pregnant?

You can get pregnant as little as 3 weeks after the birth of a baby, even if you’re breastfeeding and your periods haven’t started again. Unless you want to get pregnant again, it’s important to use some kind of contraception every time you have sex after giving birth, including the first time.

What are the signs of ovulation?

Common Signs of Ovulation

  • Positive Ovulation Test Result.
  • Fertile Cervical Mucus.
  • Increased Sexual Desire.
  • Basal Body Temperature Increase.
  • Change in Cervical Position.
  • Breast Tenderness.
  • Saliva Ferning Pattern.
  • Ovulation Pain.