If you are breastfeeding exclusively day and night and your baby is under 6 months old, you are unlikely to have any periods or be ovulating. Because of this, some women use breastfeeding as a form of natural contraception, known as the lactational amenorrhea method.

What is in the Breastfeeding (Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM))?

This is a method that uses the hormonal changes that happen when you are breastfeeding as a natural form of contraception

Alternative to Breastfeeding (Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM))


Up to 6 months



Blood clot risk


Effect on fertility



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Detailed information

How Breastfeeding (Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)) works:

How to use Breastfeeding (Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM)):

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