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Babababababybel23 Tue 31-Oct-17 17:25:05

My doctor told me today that I do not need contraception as I am breastfeeding hmm and can't get pregnant
Im sure this isn't right and I don't think I will be taking the advice

Smarshian Tue 31-Oct-17 17:27:10

Breastfeeding is a form of contraception. You have to meet very strict criteria though.

LaBelleSausage Tue 31-Oct-17 17:28:38

I wouldn’t put your faith in this, as I wouldn’t exist if breastfeeding worked as a form of contraception!

I’m pregnant now and my DM has been very adamant that I don’t try and rely on it after the baby is born.

NotAgainYoda Tue 31-Oct-17 17:28:41

No, she shouldn't have said this

FadedRed Tue 31-Oct-17 17:30:54

You can get pregnant when breastfeeding.
Any HCP saying otherwise is very irresponsible.

PinkHeart5914 Tue 31-Oct-17 17:32:03

Well I was breastfeeding and my ds & dd are 11 months apart! I continued to breastfeed after dd and I am expecting baby 3 in December (all babies were planned)

Breastfeeding is NOT a form of contraception. If you do not want another baby you need to sort some form of contraception and how daft for a doctor to advise you otherwise

MonkeyJumping Tue 31-Oct-17 17:48:30

She's very very wrong. I'd actually email the practice manager (politely) attaching some links and asking that the GPS do some refresher reading about breastfeeding.

Babababababybel23 Tue 31-Oct-17 17:50:59

I really couldn't believe it when she said it.I hope no one takes the advice if they don't want children any time soon. I definetly wouldn't rely on this theory

Babababababybel23 Tue 31-Oct-17 17:51:42

Want more children*

nevereverever83 Tue 31-Oct-17 17:53:48

my mum got pregnant with triplets while breastfeeding my big brother, who was 4 months old at the time. Not only was breastfeeding not an effective contraceptive but she ended up having to stop breastfeeding my brother early so as not to miscarry.

AngeloMysterioso Tue 31-Oct-17 18:26:12

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Whambarsarentasfizzyastheywere Tue 31-Oct-17 18:29:27

Wow AngeloMysterioso you're so clever.

That's op well and truly told hmm

No op, my periods started pretty much straight away after all my dc despite me breastfeeding. I presume I was fertile. Dangerous advice there.

Undercoverbanana Tue 31-Oct-17 18:35:23

Er - I think this belongs with the idea that you can't get pregnant if the woman is on top and that you can't get pregnant the first time.

Surely no-one thinks this, especially a health professional??? I call bullshit.

TittyGolightly Tue 31-Oct-17 18:40:15

she ended up having to stop breastfeeding my brother early so as not to miscarry.


Wightintheghoulies Tue 31-Oct-17 18:41:16

Bad advice and untrue (I was still breastfeeding my eldest when I fell pregnant, though he was having other liquids as well). It's not a reliable contraception at all (not that we personally were using it as such!).

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 31-Oct-17 18:41:25

YANBU. Does she actually belong in this century.

Oh and a huge gold shiny star and sticker for, Angelo.

BAR91 Tue 31-Oct-17 18:44:17

My hospital gave me a leaflet where breastfeeding was considered contraception.

I got a coil fitted as I don’t want the risk of another. My boy is only 4 weeks.

MoodyOne Tue 31-Oct-17 19:10:31

I think It is something like 96% effective IF you:
Feed every 3-4 hours (even through the night)
Do not give the baby a dummy or bottle.
And ya only for the first 6 months while they are exclusively breast fed (no solids)
I think it’s called the LAM method ?

Sod all that I just took the mini pill ... I defo don’t want to take the risk 😂

Babababababybel23 Tue 31-Oct-17 19:14:28

Are we seriously whinging about bloody grammar hmm Angelo
And no definetly not bullshit. I was really shocked. I didn't say anything but I asked for a prescription of the pill which she did give me thank God grin

TheSnowFairy Tue 31-Oct-17 19:16:48

I wouldn’t put your faith in this, as I wouldn’t exist if breastfeeding worked as a form of contraception!

Nor would my sister!

fannythrobbing Tue 31-Oct-17 19:27:20

I’m pregnant with a surprise baby 2 (well not that much of a surprise as I wasn’t taking contraception) but I was still breastfeeding and hadn’t had a period since before I conceived my first. I think it’s pretty effective for the first six months (or until baby starts sleeping through reliably - which mine was!). I’m pleased the dr gave you a prescription as relying on breastfeeding would be risky!!

didnthappeninmyday Tue 31-Oct-17 19:30:01

My doctor said I didn’t need to use contraception because I’m 49 and have had some menopause symptoms 😳 I told her I’m not taking any chances and I’ll be using contraception till I’m 60 and might even continue after that 😂

WhatwouldAryado Tue 31-Oct-17 19:30:46

It's not a reliable form of contraception! Your hormonal response vs levels of hormones isn't necessarily "average" or text book. I managed to get pregnant whilst bf (I was trying) and with each child the Drs and midwives and health visitors have checked I have considered contraception.

Albertschair Tue 31-Oct-17 19:41:33

If you are exclusively breast feeding . With no top up feeds or solids, still doing night feeds, no dummy use. And if your periods have not returned yet. And the baby is under 6 months old. Then breast feeding is 98% effective as a contraceptive.

No contraceptive is 100 %.

Few women follow those rules exactly (night feeds especially).

I know women who have become pregnant whilst using the implant- the most effective form of contraception there is.

Short of avoiding sex with men, nothing is 100%. So you absolutely should not have been told you can't get pregnant. You can be told it is a contraceptive choice.

Those of you calling for retraining may want to check things more closely.

DesignedForLife Tue 31-Oct-17 19:52:14

My gran got pregnant whilst exclusively breastfeeding a 1 month old. I wouldn't ever rely on it!

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