You have just given birth, and while you are thrilled with your new bundle of joy, you are not ready for another just yet. If you are in this situation, it is important for you to know that contrary to popular perception, it is possible to get pregnant while breastfeeding.
After your baby is born, your body produces lactation hormones which suppress reproductive hormones. However, this does not render you completely infertile. Your hormonal levels will vary depending on how often you feed your baby. Mothers who feed less have a greater fluctuation and thus will become fertile more quickly. Additionally, you should keep in mind that your first post-childbirth ovulation occurs a full two weeks before the start of your period, and since this could happen at any time, you need to be prepared.
While you are breastfeeding your child, you may wish to eliminate hormonal forms of birth control, such as the pill, the patch, and the ring. According to renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears, there are two major concerns about using hormonal birth control while breastfeeding. The first is that estrogen, a common hormone in birth control pills, is known to suppress milk production. Second, doctors feel that by exposing your infant to synthetic hormones through your breast milk, you could impact their long-term sexual or reproductive development.
Presented with this conundrum, you may determine it safer to pursue a non-hormonal form of birth control. Before you head to the store to purchase disposable contraception products, consider Lady Comp. It is a personal fertility monitor which learns and adjusts to your individual cycle regardless of irregularities or cycle length. Lady Comp is programmed with a database of more than 900,000 cycles and uses bio-mathematical forecasting calculations, as well as the very latest computer techniques, to predict your cycle with 99.3% accuracy, primarily based on your morning body temperature. To learn more about Lady Comp, please feel free to call us at 1-877-925-LADY. We are looking forward to speaking with you.