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DM - You cannot get PG while BF

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DragonWithAGirlTattoo Thu 27-Aug-15 09:21:45

I know its the DM, but really?

"It has also meant that Jessy will remain an only child with the couple, who had planned to begin further IVF when their son was six months old, told conception won't happen while Ms Krevantin is still breastfeeding"

But the extended breastfeeding has made conception impossible

A spokesperson from bpas told MailOnline: 'Women are coming to our clinics having become pregnant by mistake.
'Often, their GP has told them that breastfeeding is an effective form of contraception.
'It is an excellent for of contraception - if you do it exclusively. If you miss one feed, it is not reliable.
'Exclusive breastfeeding can provide highly effective contraceptive cover, but only if strict criteria are met.'

I thought this was an old wives tale and google says...

"Yes, women can get pregnant while they are breastfeeding because although they are less fertile during this time, they may not be infertile. You may not get your period for a few months after childbirth but your body will release an egg two weeks before you resume menstruating again."

comfybigduvet Thu 27-Aug-15 09:22:30

Ohhhh yes you can!

It does limit your fertility though.

duckyneedsaclean Thu 27-Aug-15 09:25:56

By exclusive breastfeeding it means on demand, 24 hours a day, no more that 4 hours between feeds, and baby not have any other nutrition. So no solids, no formula. Known as LAM - lactation amenorrhea method. It is 99% effective.

Stubbed Thu 27-Aug-15 09:27:14

Certainly worked for me, twice.

DorotheaHomeAlone Thu 27-Aug-15 09:27:29

I'm pregnant and breastfeeding at the moment. Can't see any child feeding enough to prevent ovulation once they start weaning really.

TeaPleaseLouise Thu 27-Aug-15 09:28:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

echt Thu 27-Aug-15 09:29:55


Also you can't get pregnant if you have sex standing up. Fact.

Daffydil Thu 27-Aug-15 09:30:18

Post 6-months LAM really isn't an option.

I do wonder if an ivf clinic won't treat if you are still breastfeeding? Is that what they mean?

PermetsTu Thu 27-Aug-15 09:32:06

It is effective. It is not an absolute.

I breastfed round the clock, no dummies, no formula, no more than a 2 hour break and I ovulated at 11 weeks.

With dc2, he fed much more infrequently, slept through from quite a young age and I didn't ovulate until he was 12 months old.

Saying it is 'impossible' is ridiculous. Women should be informed of the facts and encouraged to make their own decisions based on those facts and the possible peculiarities of their own bodies.

duckyneedsaclean Thu 27-Aug-15 09:32:27

Sorry, just checked the research, it's actually more than 99% effective. Only until baby is 6 months. And it can be 6 hours between feeds at night.

diddl Thu 27-Aug-15 09:33:06

It's not the bfeeding but the fact that IVF is needed!

Even so, has she been told that she cannot have IVF whilst bfeeding?

KaraokeQueenOfTheNorth Thu 27-Aug-15 09:34:18

I exclusively breastfed two of my children and my periods returned when they were 4 months old, both times...

SeasideSunshine Thu 27-Aug-15 09:37:26

My older sister got pregnant while she was BFing dc1. I know a few other women that have gotten pregnant while BFing. It happens. I certainly wouldn't rely on BFing as an actual form of contraception.

Blueandwhitelover Thu 27-Aug-15 09:38:22

There is 16 months between DS1 and DS2, no periods at all in between and I was still breastfeeding DS1 four times a night when three months pregnant with DS2.
It's ridiculous to say it is impossible.

YouMakeMyDreams Thu 27-Aug-15 09:38:36

Daffyd may be correct it may be the IVF aspect but also every woman is different. Some women exclusively breastfeed and get their periods back at 6 weeks some women me being one didn't get my period back until breastfeeding had stopped and that was between 1 and 2 years old with three children. Obviously they were on solids and even drinks from a cup but they just didn't return.
It's not a reliable method of contraception obviously because your period comes after ovulation so you don't know you have ovulated but it can hinder conception.

Verbena37 Thu 27-Aug-15 09:41:26

I also thought when I first read that they mean they cannot start IVF treatment whilst breastfeeding but then reading further down, it seems as though GPs are giving BF as a sure fire method of contraceptive!!

LumelaMme Thu 27-Aug-15 09:43:51

I got pg by mistake when breastfeeding: I was only of those 'lucky' people whose periods came back after 3 or 4 months of ebf.

My SIL tandem fed, twice.

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Thu 27-Aug-15 09:47:18

she may be expressing enough as she also is making bm jewelry.. (personally.... ew, i wouldnt want to wear something like that even from my own body, but each to their own)

"But four years on, she's still breastfeeding and works from home selling breastmilk jewellery - all because of her son's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]."

HackerFucker22 Thu 27-Aug-15 09:48:07

Baby is 7 months now and weaning has commenced full throttle (waited until 6 months and it's taken a few weeks for baby to have any interest in food) she is still feeding as much as usual though.

I've done the odd OPK as I've been feeling a bit "ovvy" but no lines. I guess this doesn't rule out getting pregnant though? not that we have much sex at all

Missdread Thu 27-Aug-15 09:48:57

WRONG!!!!! It's only effective if you're bf every hour or two ALL day and ALL night. As soon as it drops, you'll start ovulating again. I found out the hard way grin grin

HackerFucker22 Thu 27-Aug-15 09:49:08

Meant to add periods haven't returned yet either.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Thu 27-Aug-15 09:51:56

Yes you can. I never missed a single fed and have 13 months between my DD and DS!

I also conceived DD when I was 35 and according to other medical "advice" from the DM, I should have been infertile by then

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 27-Aug-15 09:52:05

My mum's GP said that in 1972, ther is only 13 months between my sister and I as a result.

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Thu 27-Aug-15 09:52:28

Hacker; but your body will release an egg two weeks before you resume menstruating again

(just be careful if you dont want to be pg xx)

MTWTFSS Thu 27-Aug-15 09:57:29

I was EBF DS1 aged 9 months when I conceived DS2 smile

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