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November 14th, 2007, 03:54 PM
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I think it would be a good idea to make a sticky about breastfeeding and post partum. Please post any websites or books you found helpful, or if you'd like to share your experience - please do!

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)
A woman's chance of pregnancy is less than 2% if the following criteria are met:

1. Baby gets all nutrition at the breast (no supplements, no pumping, no solids)
2. Woman has had no bleeding or spotting beyond 56 days post partum
3. Baby is under 6 months of age

**All 3 must apply for LAM to be reliable for avoiding pregnancy, it is necessary to chart if you do not meet all 3 requirements for LAM**


Websites about LAM:
NFPS-50 BREAST-FEEDING
PubMed

Ask the Expert (CANFP) - NFP after Baby
Using NFP while Breastfeeding and bottle feeding

Billings Ovulation Method while Breastfeeding
http://www.thebillingsovulationmethod.org/preventing-pregnancy/preventing-pregnancy-while-breastfeeding.html
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November 21st, 2007, 03:14 PM
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We have been very happy with the spacing that breastfeeding gives us. My periods have returned at 14 months post-partum at the earliest. This has spaced most of our children between 2 and 2 1/2 years apart, which we feel is just perfect. If anything, I get anxious for my fertility to return before it actually does!
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November 21st, 2007, 03:25 PM
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You're so lucky! My fertility always returns really fast, despite breastfeeding. I start charting the second my bleeding stops after birth! LOL
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December 31st, 2007, 10:16 PM
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You're so lucky! My fertility always returns really fast, despite breastfeeding. I start charting the second my bleeding stops after birth! LOL[/b]
I second this...I made it all the way to like 4 months this time, or just before or something before my period returend...lame!
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We have been very happy with the spacing that breastfeeding gives us. My periods have returned at 14 months post-partum at the earliest. This has spaced most of our children between 2 and 2 1/2 years apart, which we feel is just perfect. If anything, I get anxious for my fertility to return before it actually does!
We are hoping this will be the case for us as well. I am still BFing DS2 (10 months old) 3-4x a day with no return of AF.
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We have been very happy with the spacing that breastfeeding gives us. My periods have returned at 14 months post-partum at the earliest. This has spaced most of our children between 2 and 2 1/2 years apart, which we feel is just perfect. If anything, I get anxious for my fertility to return before it actually does!
This has been the same for us as well. I'm still breastfeeding our 1yo and hope to continue for another couple of months. The spacing in our home is about the same as well...between 2-3yrs apart depending on how long I breastfeed. The longest I've ever nursed is 15mos, that meant no AF for over 2yrs (including the 9mos of pg)!!!! That was with our 1st baby, I'm hoping to last that long or longer with this one too - our 6th!
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Yeah, that's posted in the rules there, that's number 1 actually, no supplementing.
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Wow! I wish that AF stayed away longer. My cycles come back quick and I have had to really early MC becasue my body is not ready. It sucks. I only BF but my Doc says I am in the 1% of women whose cycles come back within 3 months no matter what I do...My mom says that should change as I get older...I am only 25. Hope she is right.
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thought i'd jump on in here i've been breastfeeding for 16 months and still no AF. I wish it would COME BACK.
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haha I'm at 15 months and it has been back for 9 of them...I'm jealous!
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Wow! I wish that AF stayed away longer. My cycles come back quick and I have had to really early MC becasue my body is not ready. It sucks. I only BF but my Doc says I am in the 1% of women whose cycles come back within 3 months no matter what I do...My mom says that should change as I get older...I am only 25. Hope she is right.
There may be some truth to this. It has taken me longer and longer after each baby, it seems. My Lucy is 20 1/2 months old and still no sign of a period... my longest time without PPAF so far.
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Each of mine got longer too, but not like that...I finally hit 6 months with my last...hoping to continue the trend after this baby!
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I was 8 months PP before I got it back after my first child. this time, 5 YEARS later, AF came back exactly 28 days later; despite exclusively breastfeeding. I think it came back so soon because my newest came home sleeping through the night. 8 hours strait from day 1. My first was up every 2.
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June 29th, 2012, 09:55 AM
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Hi there; we used 'eco-breastfeeding' to space our babies. and the book , the "Seven Standards of Ecological Breastfeeding" by Sheila Kippley describe this nursing 'style' or behaviors that in 75% of the time will result in a woman going 9-20 months without cycles. It is revised in 2009-10 and highly referenced.
This is a more full time nursing than defined in LAM Methods and much is online at NFP International or nfpandmore.org They have been doing NFP work for over 40 years. There is also a blog to participate in.
The online book, to read there, has chapters on charting post-partum, and discusses breastfeeding infertility in great depth, distinguishing differences between usual "cultural" nursing, which is NOT full-time, and this special 'eco-breastfeeding'. Its title is, " NFP, the Complete Approach"
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As a PS here, I would go about 14 months w/o cycles. I first read about this "eco-breastfeeding" in another book from a La Leche League library, by Kippley, called, " BFeeding and Natural Child Spacing", while nursing my first one. The only exception was one child who bit a lot and I could not take it; I went to the bottle around 6-7 months. Fertility quickly returned
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breastfeeding is best for baby
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Thanks for the information
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I know this post is old, but posting for those looking for info. We did ecological breastfeeding with DD, and even when we had to start supplementing for DD's health, we followed the guidelines. I just got my PPAF back almost exactly 12 months PP, longer than any of the women in my family have ever gone.
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My son is almost 17 months and I haven't gotten AF yet! I still breastfeed often so my body is still pretty confused. We aren't planning on ttc and don't use bc so anything is possible.
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hi

The Exclusive Breastfeeding method of birth control is also called the Lactational Amenorrhea Method of birth control, or LAM. Lactational amenorrhea refers to the natural postpartum infertility that occurs when a woman is not menstruating due to breastfeeding. Many mothers receive conflicting information on the subject of breastfeeding and fertility.
Myth #1 – Breastfeeding cannot be relied upon to prevent pregnancy.
Myth #2 – Any amount of breastfeeding will prevent pregnancy, regardless of the frequency of breastfeeding or whether mom’s period has returned.

Exclusive breastfeeding has in fact been shown to be an excellent form of birth control, but there are certain criteria that must be met for breastfeeding to be used effectively.
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