Breastfeeding as Contraceptive

    Q: Does breastfeeding prevent me from getting pregnant?

     

    A: At most, breastfeeding will delay ovulation by only 1-2 months, and many women who breastfeed can ovulate within months after delivery. If you completely breastfeed your baby, ovulation is delayed somewhat longer than if you breastfeed only a couple of times a day. If you want to prevent getting pregnant after delivery, you should use an effective contraceptive as soon as you resume sexual intercourse.