The woman's organism, including her reproductive function, is restored very gradually after birth. In nursing women, this process is even more time-consuming.
On the one hand, menstruation may not occur throughout the entire lactation period, but it is not worth while to confidently talk about the temporary barrenness of a woman.
And if we talk about the theoretical possibility of getting pregnant during breastfeeding, then this question can only be answered positively.
Can I get pregnant with a nursing mother? Doctors say that during the feeding period, a significant amount of prolactin is produced in the woman's brain, and this hormone is responsible for producing milk. And it is produced the more, the more a young mother gives milk to her baby. And here comes the second property of this hormone. With a high level of prolactin, the growth and ovulation of the follicle in the ovary is inhibited, which prevents the restoration of the menstrual cycle. Well, without ovulation and the onset of pregnancy can not happen. In this regard, active breastfeeding is a fairly reliable protection of a woman from conception.
However, in order for this protection to be truly indisputable and reliable, it is necessary to fulfill a number of conditions.
Can I get pregnant breastfeeding?
First of all, this is only breastfeeding and the absence of menstruation.
That is, the child should be fed with such frequency and duration of feeding, as the child himself wishes, and no less. At the same time, the process should not be postponed, or missed day or night, and at night it is especially important.
In particular, the interval between the baby's feeding during the day should in no case exceed three to four hours, and at night this break can not exceed six hours.
In this case, no other drink, except milk, the child should not be offered, even water, before and in general up to six months the child should be exclusively breast-fed.
Carefully watch for signs of menstruation, they should not be.
In addition, this postulate of the impossibility of conception during the period of feeding is valid for one hundred percent only the first six months after childbirth.
If one of these conditions is not observed, for example, when menstruation resumes, breaches of these breastfeeding conditions, or after six months after childbirth, all guarantees of impossibility of conception are abolished, and other, more reliable methods of protection against unwanted pregnancy should be used.
Preparations for the prevention of pregnancy
Therefore, always need to hedge, and have in your family stock suitable for you are contraceptives. These can be condoms, but right after delivery it is better to have them the right size, and even from ultra-thin latex. Spermicides are also good, for example candles like "Patentex Oval" and "Pharmatex" with an efficiency of more than 90%. It is possible to use an intrauterine device, which can be installed after one and a half to two months after childbirth. Its reliability is almost 100%.
Lactating mothers are allowed and oral contraceptives, but they should not contain ethinyl estradiol (mini-pili). They can be taken as early as two months after childbirth.