Breastfeeding, if done right, can serve as contraception.
How does it work? Breastfeeding as contraception
- As a baby nurses, a hormone called prolactin is triggered to increase in the mum. This hormone ensures an ongoing milk supply for baby, and suppresses the other hormones that lead to ovulation in mum.
- Breastfeeding as an effective contraception in only about 98% effective if these are in place –
- It has been less than six months since the baby was born;
- the baby is only nursing (that means no formula, bottles, or food);
- and your period has not started again.
- If breastfeeding is not exclusive, then ovulation can start up to 3 weeks after the birth of the baby and you can get pregnant again.
- The period of breastfeeding as a form of contraception is not as effective after the first six months.