Chances of conceiving while breastfeeding

My friend who just gave birth two months ago is scared that she will get pregnant again. If she will be, she likes it if her first born is three years old already. However, after reading about pregnancy tips online, she is glad that she is breastfeeding her baby.

According to, getting pregnant while breastfeeding can sometimes be difficult. This is because breastfeeding is a natural contraceptive. The hormones produced by breast milk also prevents eggs from being released, making it nearly impossible to get pregnant during this time. The best thing to do, but also one of the most difficult, is to wait until ovulation returns on it’s own before trying to get pregnant. You can sometimes “trick” your body into having ovulation return early, by spacing out your baby’s feedings as much as possible. Sometimes your ovulation will return to normal when you begin to introduce your baby to solid foods and there is more time between breastfeeding sessions. So, how long do you have to wait for your periods and ovulation to return to normal? According to Le Leche League, during the first three months of breastfeeding, you have a zero chance of pregnancy; between three and six months, you have a 2 percent chance of pregnancy; and after six months, you have a 6 percent change of pregnancy assuming that your menstrual cycle has not resumed yet. On average, it takes approximately 14.6 months for menstrual period to resume. The best trick for getting pregnant while breastfeeding? Patience.

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