Breast Feeding

What is it?

Right after you give birth, breast feeding can be a form of contraception. This form of contraception is also called the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM).

How does it work?

Breastfeeding naturally suppresses the hormones that cause ovulation. If you don’t ovulate, you can’t get pregnant.

How do you use it?

Make sure that breastfeeding accounts for at least 75% of your baby’s meals. Breastfeeding can only be used as birth control in the 6 months after birth, and you must breast feed every 4 hours during the day and every 6 hours during the night.

How much does it cost?

Free.

How effective it is?

About 98% effective with perfect use.   

Does it reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections?

No, it does not reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

Reasons someone might choose this method of birth control

  • It’s free
  • No side effects
  • Both partners can be involved, and it may promote communication between partners

Reasons someone might not choose this method of birth control

  • Can interrupt sex
  • Requires breastfeeding every 4-6 hours
  • Can’t control when it stops being effective