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That final one comes from a little bit of fact. After pregnancy the female body won't start it's cycle again unless the diet get to be up over 1000 calories. In some societies food is not abundent and a woman eating less then 1000 calories
That final one comes from a little bit of fact. After pregnancy the female body won't start it's cycle again unless the diet get to be up over 1000 calories. In some societies food is not abundent and a woman eating less then 1000 calories per day would often happen afer delivery, and therefore could not get pregnant while breast feeding. But this is a historical myth that is pretty much usless in modern society.
That and more. Most 1st world mother's diets are well over 1000 calories and we can actually post pone fertility from breastfeeding from between 6 months to a year or more.
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I could go into the entire "Ecological Breastfeeding" thing... y'all probably don't want me to, though.
Here's a link about Ecological Breastfeeding
Basically, if the ONLY thing the baby gets is human milk directly from the mother, if the baby is waking up at least once or twice during the night and nursing, if the mother has not started menstruating yet, and if the baby is under 6 months or so, Ecological Breastfeeding will work. BUT, few people actually breastfeed this way (unless you're a Lactation Consultant or in La Leche League or live in a 3rd World Country. It's possible, but some work. I did it with my last two children.) Most women supplement, that eliminates the protective effect, most women try to "make" babies sleep "through the night" that eliminates the protective effect during breastfeeding, most give babies solid foods WAY before the recommended six months (YES, cereal in a bottle counts big time, as does breast milk in a bottle) these things all circumvent the natural protective effects of Ecological Breastfeeding.
I went a year, not using birth control after the birth of my last two babies, and despite being very fertile, didn't get pregnant, due to using Ecological Breastfeeding. (I did supplement with my first one, so we used BC, but not consistently, and as we only used supplements occasionally the first few months, I still got the protective power of Ecological Breastfeeding, until I menstruated.) As soon as I got that first period, I considered myself fertile, which I was. I got pregnant the FIRST month I menstruated with my first baby, and we had not been as careful as we should have been before I menstruated. It IS a form of BC that works similarly to Plan B. (Things La Leche League won't tell you. Breastfeeding actually not only postpones ovulation but makes the uterus hostile to implantation, just like the Morning After Pill.)