Can You Get Pregnant while Breastfeeding? When will Your Body Be Able to Conceive Again?

Women have been asking me dozens of times: can you get pregnant while breastfeeding? This topic causes much confusion. Many nursing mothers do not really know if and when they can conceive. It’s time to make things clearer.   

If you breastfeed at regular intervals and without the use of breast milk substitutes, you are supposed to be protected from getting pregnant. This protection is almost as efficient as taking birth control pills.   

In most cases (though there are exceptions), you will not be able to conceive for a period of approximately 6 months, but it depends on how good your diet is. The richer it is in healthy nutrients, the earlier your body recovers from the process of birth and is able to conceive again. In any case, after 6 months, breastfeeding does not provide efficient protection against pregnancy. So, can you get pregnant while breastfeeding? After 6 month, the answer is probably YES 

When does menstruation reappear?  

The moment your menstruation reappears, you are back in the game. Your body signals you that it is ready for pregnancy. Statistically speaking, 70% of breastfeeding mothers will get their period back within 6 months after birth. 30% of the women will start menstruating after 12 months and sometimes even later.  

It should be noted that there are women who fully breastfeed and experience vaginal bleeding within eight weeks of birth. In the vast majority of the cases, it is not menstrual bleeding resulting from ovulation.  

When should you take birth control pills?  

Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding in less than 6 months? Although uncommon, it can still happen. That is why, if you want to avoid completely the possibility of unwanted pregnancy, you should talk about the option of birth control pills with your gynecologist around 6 weeks after birth.   

Usually, doctors prescribe pills based solely on progesterone unlike regular pills which contain estrogen as well. This is because estrogen may interfere with milk production.