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April 17th, 2013, 09:30 PM
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How well does breastfeeding work at not getting pregnant?
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April 18th, 2013, 12:10 AM
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I don t belive that bf protect you from getting pregnant, i know couple of people who got pregnant while bf, so that is not a good method to protect yourself. Well that is only my opinion.
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April 18th, 2013, 05:16 AM
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My midwife said it definitely doesn't protect you and that I will need to use other forms of contraception if I don't want to get pregnant right away.
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April 18th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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i would use BFing as a form of BC if I really wasnt ok with having a baby again soon. It doesnt stop ovulation in all women and its really impossible to predict if Bfing will keep ovulation away or not
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April 18th, 2013, 10:24 AM
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Lurking from the April DDC because my baby was actually born at the beginning of march.

I had my 6 wk check tuesday and my doctor said it works as long as you are exclusively BFing. She told me that I don't need to start birth control until atleast 12 weeks pp.
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April 18th, 2013, 08:22 PM
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My midwife told me not to rely on BF as a form of birth control as it is in no way guaranteed to stop you from getting pregnant.
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April 22nd, 2013, 10:44 AM
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Popping in from the Feb '13 PR. EBF works ONLY if you are maintaining a strict nursing on demand schedule (like feeding on demand every 2 hours and keeping it that, not going for 3-4 hour stretches) and only nursing- No pumping, no supplementing with formula/cereal etc. As soon as you start pumping or your baby changes nursing schedules it can clue your body in that you don't need as much milk so the body can focus on other things like ovulation rather than using all it's extra energy to produce milk. Just remember in the case of humans, the egg comes before the chicken. even though you may not have got your first period after baby doesn't mean that an egg hasn't been released. I would be extremely careful and not rely on it for a method of birth control.
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April 22nd, 2013, 07:58 PM
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Lurking from June DDC. Nursing is not 100% effective as a birth control. Even EBF isn't perfect. If you want to use EBF as birth control you need to do it in conjunction with other natural family planning methods such as ovulation tracking. Also, some women have post-partum bleeding, stop for a week, and then have an actual period.
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April 23rd, 2013, 04:50 AM
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Lurking from June '13. BF worked for me.. My son was a 17 months before my period ever came back. I did end up pregnant shortly there after. But during the 17 months prior, I did not worry about BC. I nursed on demand (no schedule), no solids tell 11 months old.

This time, I will go on BC. I think I just lucked out haha..
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April 23rd, 2013, 06:31 AM
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Definitely not 100% effective and you never know when your cycle will return. My last baby was conceived before I ever got my first period back.
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