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The Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) was created to allow women to safely rely on breastfeeding as a family planning method. However, many women do not feel comfortable relying on breastfeeding as …

The Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) was created to allow women to safely rely on breastfeeding as a family planning method. However, many women do not feel comfortable relying on breastfeeding as a form of birth control because they have been told it is unreliable, or perhaps because they know someone who became pregnant while breastfeeding.

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  • 1. Birth Control by Breastfeeding Dr.Sujnanendra Mishra MD (O&G)
  • 2. The Lactational Amenorrhea Method
    • It is a well known fact that breastfeeding suppresses a woman's fertility in the early months after delivery.  However, many women do not feel comfortable relying on breastfeeding as a form of birth control because :----- (1) It is told to be unreliable, (2) Seen Someone who became pregnant while breastfeeding.  
  • 3. Lactational Amenorrhea Method .(LAM)
    • 1) the return of her menstrual period, 2) her patterns of breastfeeding, and 3) the time postpartum. 
    Based on scientific research, the method uses three measures of a woman's fertility:
  • 4. Who can use LAM?   A woman can use LAM if :  1. Her menstrual period has not returned since delivery .   And.  2. She is breastfeeding her baby And..   3. Her baby is less than six months old.  
  • 5. When all three of these conditions exist, she has less than a two percent chance of becoming pregnant.
  • 6. The woman is encouraged to begin using a complementary family planning method when any of the three conditions changes, or whenever she chooses.  
  • 7. Scientific studies * Study conducted by the Institute for Reproductive Health.  ** Study conducted by Family Health International.   Study/Date   N   Efficacy (%)   Pregnancies (#)   Chile*/1989 422  99.5  1 Ecuador*/1993 330 99.8 2 Pakistan**/1995 391  99.4  1  Philippines**/1996 485  99.0  2  Multicenter*/1996 519 98.5  5 
  • 8. LAM is an effective, safe, convenient short-term way for breastfeeding women to delay pregnancy.