A method of contraception based on the natural phase of infertility that occurs with breastfeeding shortly after birth. If followed strictly, it can be highly effective as a contraceptive method. However there is a small risk of becoming pregnant if relying solely of breastfeeding, as with all contraceptives. Some of the guidelines of this method includes:

  • Infant must be less than 6 months old
  • Breastfeeding is the infant’s only (or almost only) source of nutrition.
  • Feedings occur regularly (at least every 4-6 hours)

Other guidelines are suggested, so consult your health professional for more information.

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