Q: I would like to get pregnant while still nursing my 4-month-old. Can this happen? If so, should we just stop using protection? What about my menstrual cycle?
A: This is different for every woman. In general, if your baby is under 6 months, you have not had a period and you are nursing frequently around the clock, chances are about 1 percent of you getting pregnant.
After you get a period or after your baby is 6 months old, your chances increase. Once your baby does not rely on you for all food and begins to nurse less, your body is more amenable to getting pregnant again. For the time being, your body is in tune to protecting your milk supply for this baby and making sure of its survival. Mother Nature is a wonderful provider!
Certainly if you are interested in another pregnancy, you would need to stop using birth control of any kind. However, if you don’t get pregnant right away, I wouldn’t be too worried, because it is nature’s way to allow you time to recuperate from your pregnancy and birth and to allow optimal nutrition for your baby.
I wish you well.
By Ann Calandro
BSN, RNC, IBCLC Lactation Consultant