While it is possible for a nursing mom to become pregnant while she is breastfeeding and before she has her first menstrual period, it is rare. Most moms do not get pregnant until after their first period (often referred to as the “warning period”).
Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding and having periods?
The simple answer is yes. Although breastfeeding offers some protection from ovulation, the monthly occurrence where you release a mature egg from one of your ovaries, it is possible to ovulate and become pregnant prior to getting your first period.
How do I know if I’m pregnant while breastfeeding?
Pregnant while breastfeeding symptoms
- Missed/late period.
- Sore breasts.
Why did I get my period while breastfeeding?
Though certain health conditions may cause irregular periods, hormonal changes are the most common cause when you’re breast-feeding. Once you start to ease up on breast-feeding, especially after the first year as your baby gains more nutrition from foods, your periods will start to normalize again.
Do you ovulate while breastfeeding?
When you exclusively breastfeed — meaning you nurse at least every 4 hours during the day and every 6 hours at night, and feed your baby only breast milk — your body naturally stops ovulating. You can’t get pregnant if you don’t ovulate. No ovulation means you won’t have your period, either.
How fertile are you after having a baby?
You can get pregnant as little as 3 weeks after the birth of a baby, even if you’re breastfeeding and your periods haven’t started again. Unless you want to get pregnant again, it’s important to use some kind of contraception every time you have sex after giving birth, including the first time.
How can I avoid getting pregnant while breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding reduces your chances of becoming pregnant only if you are exclusively breastfeeding. And this method is only reliable for six months after the delivery of your baby. For it to work, you must feed your baby at least every four hours during the day, every six hours at night, and offer no supplement.
How long after breastfeeding will I get my period?
Parents who bottle-feed, or do a combination of breastfeeding and bottle feeding, may get their periods as soon as five weeks after giving birth. When you breastfeed full-time, your body produces more prolactin — the hormone that helps you produce milk for your baby. That hormone also stops your period from coming.
Can periods be irregular while breastfeeding?
If you begin menstruating again while you’re breastfeeding, you may experience spotting and irregular periods and wonder what’s going on. It’s completely normal to have inconsistent cycles when you’re breastfeeding a baby, and you can chalk it up to the same hormones that caused amenorrhea.