Preconception

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about preconception.

Can a woman conceive while breastfeeding?

There’s an idea that women can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding.

But, this is a misconception. Though it’s often less likely for some women to conceive while breastfeeding, it is possible, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

Some of us won’t ovulate or menstruate while we’re breastfeeding, but others will.

The best plan of action to avoid getting pregnant again sooner than your body might be ready is to practice safe sex. Because some kinds of birth control medication aren’t safe while you’re breastfeeding, talk to your doctor to decide what kind of birth control method is best for you.

For more information about conceiving while breastfeeding, talk with your doctor.

Source: Gregory Siewny, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Katherine Abtahi, DO, Miami Valley Womens Health