Can Exclusive Breastfeeding Prevent Pregnancy?

Breastfeeding is the ideal nutrition for infants and toddlers. This amazing liquid is naturally made for babies’ to build immunity, protects against infection and malnutrition at an early age.

When a mother goes the extra mile of exclusively breastfeeding her baby without any other fluid or food for six months, she is not just helping her baby; she is also helping herself.

How does a mother help herself when she exclusively breastfeeds her baby?

When a mother exclusively breastfeeds, it causes lactational amenorrhea (LAM) which is the stopping of the menstruation and ovulation for the length of time exclusive breastfeeding is practiced.  Lactational amenorrhea is a natural family planning method that prevents pregnancy in nursing mothers.

What conditions should you fulfill to enjoy lactational amenorrhea?

  • Practice exclusive breastfeeding without water, formula or any other food or drink
  • Feed your baby directly from the breast. If you use a breast pump often, LAM may not work for you
  • It can only be used for six months of your baby’s life. As soon as you start feeding your baby other foods, or you see your period, you are no longer covered

What are the benefits of practicing the Lactational Amenorrhea method through breastfeeding?

  • LAM is a cost-free, easy, safe way to prevent another pregnancy for up to six months while you nurse your little one
  • It protects you while you are still indecisive about which other birth control method to use
  • You do not need a doctor’s prescription
  • It does not disrupt sex life
  • It reduces after birth bleeding
  • It reduces your chance of getting breast cancer

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Is Lying Down To Breastfeed Dangerous?

Can lying down to breastfeed your baby really be dangerous? Yes, in some cases. There are times when mothers have to breastfeed their baby lying down, like when baby wakes up in the middle of the night to feed or when you are too tired to sit up, hold him and breastfeed him. Since babies often wake up in the middle of the night to feed, so the mother finds a safe and easy position to breastfeed her baby i.e lying down to breastfeed.

”My two kids who are now 3 years old and 5 respectively were breastfed while lying on my side countless times when they want to feed and I’m too tired to sit up and nurse them and nothing ever happened to the two of them. I don’t see breastfeeding lying down as a problem”

However, breastfeeding baby to sleep can be dangerous in two cases;

1. Falling asleep while breastfeeding baby

The danger in breastfeeding baby while lying down is if the mother should fall asleep, she can squash her baby to death.  If this happens, the death is often classified as SIDS but it is in fact suffocation, and no mother can feel good knowing she caused the death of her baby.

If a mother accidentally falls asleep while breastfeeding her baby, her breast might cover the nose of her baby while she’s asleep, cutting off the air supply to the baby’s airways, such mother might wake up to a lifeless blue baby and it will be her fault, this guilt is just too much to risk such.

Only mothers who gave birth through C-section are advised to breastfeed while lying down and they should not be tired enough to sleep off. Nursing while lying on your side can cause your baby to choke to death.

2. Ear infection

Nursing your baby while lying on your side can give your baby ear infection. When breastfeeding your baby, it’s easy for the breast milk to swim into one of his ears, when this happens, the fluid builds up in the middle of the ear creating a warm, moist environment where germs love to grow and tada! Bacteria and viruses will invade and thrive in your child’s ear causing them to become cranky, pained and have fever, all of which are symptoms of an ear infection.

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