How can I prevent pregnancy by breastfeeding for the first 6 months (Lactational Amenorrhea Method, LAM)?
Breastfeeding under certain conditions can prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg. This method does not cost anything, but it is most effective for only the first 6 months after childbirth.
Breastfeeding is an effective method of family planning only when these 3 conditions are true AT THE SAME TIME:
1. Your baby is less than 6 months old AND
2. You have not had your monthly bleeding since giving birth AND
3. You are giving your baby only breast milk, and feeding it whenever it is hungry, day and night, with no more than 6 hours between feedings. Your baby does not sleep through the night without feeding.