You have just given birth and you want to have sex with your partner again, but you do not have contraception at the moment. Breastfeeding protects you from a new pregnancy … under certain conditions.
The sucking of the maternal breast by the infant causes, in the mother, the stimulation of a hormone, prolactin, which prevents ovulation. Yes, but for fertility to be reduced it is necessary:
- That the feedings are really numerous: more than 6 to 8 per 24 hours.
- Never exceed more than 6 hours of interval between each feeding.
- That breastfeeding be exclusive, without the intrusion of bottles of infant milk.
- That the return to diaper did not take place. In case of breastfeeding, the latter usually occurs a month after the end of breastfeeding.
This method of natural contraception called LAM (breastfeeding and amenorrhea method) is 95% effective for the first two months after the baby is born.
Then, women who do not want to have a new pregnancy can use various means of contraception:
- A microprogestogen pill.
- An intrauterine device.
- A condom.