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Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding, TTC and Prolactin

The reason that breastfeeding offers a level of birth control is the hormone prolactin. Prolactin is released during breastfeeding. It suppressess ovulation. The more you breastfeed, the more prolactin is released. Even when your menstrual cycle returns you may have high levels of prolactin, depending on how often you breastfeed.

   
Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding and Conception

You can get pregnant while breastfeeding. However if you are exclusively breastfeeding and wanting to conceive at the same time you may not be able too. Exclusive breastfeeding offers almost 100% birth control for the first 6 months. The likelihood of pregnancy occuring go up once supplemental feedings are added to the routine.

   
Can I get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding, Prolactin and Luteal Phase Defect

Prolactin is released during breastfeeding. Even when your menstrual cycles return, there may be high levels of prolactin in your body. Prolactin suppresses ovulation and causes luteal phase defects, which can also hinder conception.

   
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