Birth Control

Lactational Amenorrhea Breastfeeding Method

October 15, 2018

The Lactational Amenorrhea Method, or LAM, is also called continuous breastfeeding. This is a pure choice to avoid pregnancy when you’ve given birth. Lots of women find LAM to be attractive because it is secure, free, and powerful.

Can I Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding?

Even though the Lactational Amenorrhea Method is an effective birth control choice, there are some things to be aware of — if not, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding.

  • You should only rely upon continuous breastfeeding as a contraceptive method if it’s been less than six months since you have given birth and your period has not yet returned.
  • If you’re a breastfeeding mommy, you might be more comfortable relying upon an additional contraceptive method.

How Continuous Breastfeeding Works

Breastfeeding can be utilized as a contraceptive method if you are practicing constant breastfeeding after giving birth. For LAM to work, you must only be breastfeeding your infant — this usually means that your baby is not drinking anything apart from your breast milk. Continuous breastfeeding works because the hormone required to stimulate milk production prevents the discharge of the hormone which triggers ovulation. And, pregnancy cannot take place if your body is not releasing an egg each month.

Benefits of LAM

Breastfeeding is a safe and effective birth control method.

The Lactational Amenorrhea Method:

  • Has no side effects.
  • Is convenient and totally free.
  • Doesn’t affect your normal hormone balance.
  • Demands no prescription or medical oversight.
  • Is instantly effective.
  • Reduces bleeding after delivery.
  • Allows for sexual spontaneity — nothing has to be set in place before having sex (such as a condom, female condom, spermicide, sponge, or diaphragm).

    Continuous breastfeeding also supplies many health advantages for your infant. These include:

    • Increased body touch — which leads to enhanced comfort for your child and bonding between mommy and baby.
    • Protection against the development of allergies and might protect against the development of asthma.
    • Allows for the passing of some of their mother’s radicals that could protect your infant from specific infections.
    • Supplying your baby with the best nutrition available.

    Cons of Continuous Breastfeeding

    • No protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
    • Can only be depended on for six months following delivery.
    • May decrease vaginal lubrication.
    • Exclusive breastfeeding may be difficult to accomplish.
    • Some women say that breastfeeding may make the breast look less sexual.

    Effectiveness of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method

    Continuous breastfeeding is up to 98% effective as a natural contraceptive for as much as six months after childbirth and when your period has not returned.

    • Typical usage: 95% successful
    • Perfect use: 98% successful

    This means that of every 100 women who use LAM, 5 will become pregnant over the first 6 weeks (with average use) and less than two will become pregnant with perfect use.

    • Effectiveness rates only apply to women who are exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 weeks after giving birth.

      If You Don’t Want to Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding

      If You’re relying on constant breastfeeding as your birth control method, it is super important that you understand the following (or even, you could get pregnant while breastfeeding):

      • You can only rely on constant breastfeeding — as contraception — for six months when you have delivered your baby.
      • During this time, do not substitute other foods to get a breast milk meal.
      • You should be breastfeeding your baby at least daily during the day and each six hours at night.
      • You’ve not had a monthly period since you delivered your baby.

      Thus, for maximum effectiveness, you shouldn’t count on LAM for more than 6 months or if you have had a period since giving birth.

      This means that even if you are exclusively breastfeeding your infant, you must decide on another birth control method at the time the infant is six months old (or if you get your period before this time).

      Additionally, the Lactational Amenorrhea Method is only powerful (as birth control) if you feed your baby at least 6 times every day, with both breasts, You also cannot be substituting different foods such as breast milk.  Breastfeeding women who rely on LAM to prevent pregnancy should:

      • Limit the number of supplemental feedings given to their babies to no more than 5% to 10% for the best contraceptive results.
      • Feed their infants every four hours during the day and each 6 hours at night — spacing feedings out this way will maximize the efficacy of continuous breastfeeding.

      What About Allergic My Breast Milk?

      You may be asking yourself if pumping breast milk to put into bottles will create constant breastfeeding less effective. It seems that the answer to this is yes. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises that direct breastfeeding (not pumping) is the most effective method for women relying on the Lactational Amenorrhea Method. If you bottle-feed your infant (even when the bottle contains your pumped breast milk), it enhances the frequency and energy of your baby’s suckling. In addition, it can lower your maternal neuroendocrine response — this means you have a greater chance that your fertility will go back, and you could get pregnant even though you’re breastfeeding.