Motherhood is fulfilling, and at the same time, overwhelming.
It is an adventure that is full of ups and downs. One day, you are having a great time shopping for baby carriers in Malaysia, and then the next day you are experiencing breastfeeding problems. Don’t worry, it’s all part of the process. You will get used to it.
One of the things you are probably worrying about after giving birth, is getting pregnant while breastfeeding. Oftentimes, breastfeeding can prevent ovulation, though this is not the case most of the time. Those who breastfeed their babies exclusively for around 6 months are less likely to ovulate at this time, compared to those who don’t breastfeed.
Do you know that some women utilize breastfeeding as a birth control method? Physicians call this as LAM, or the lactational amenorrhea method. According to CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in order for LAM to be an effective birth control approach, these three factors must be present:
- The mother’s period should not have returned. While not all women who are menstruating are fertile, returning menstruation would suggest the body is ready to ovulate.
- The infant should be much younger than 6 months. At around 6 months, f would become less frequent, increasing the risk of ovulation’s return.
- The mother should breastfeed exclusively. Giving formula milk, or other food products, to the child can increase the time in between nursing sessions.
How should you wait if you want to get pregnant again?
According to the health care professionals at WHO, you need to wait for 24 months before getting pregnant again. If you get pregnant too soon, the risk of complications may arise. Of course, recovering from birth may take time, most especially if there were some complications. Other organizations, though, would say that 18 months is enough.
If you experienced stillbirth, surgical birth or hemorrhage, you may need to wait a lot longer.