Re: Weaning, first post partum and birth control
Call your midwife and ask her if you should start the minipill now or wait until your next cycle. If she says to wait, you still have birth control options, including (in decreasing order of effectiveness):
- Abstinence (everyone's favorite, ha ha!)
- Outercourse (i.e. Sexual activity that does not include penis-in-vagina intercourse)
- Barrier contraceptives (male condom, female condom, sponge, spermicide, diaphragm, cervical cap, etc.)
- Withdrawal (not recommended unless your partner is very aware of when he is going to orgasm and every self-controlled about pulling out before that happens)
- Fertility awareness methods (generally quite effective for practiced practitioners, not likely to be particularly effective for your first few postpartum cycles)
- Calendar based methods (e.g. rhythm method)
Breastfeeding provides good birth control when you meet ALL the following criteria:
- Baby less than 6 months old
- Baby is exclusively breastfed (no formula supplements, no solids, and no bottles)
- Baby never goes more than 6 hours without nursing
- Mom does not have her period back
If you were relying on breastfeeding between 6 and 18 months, that was a risk even though your period had not yet returned.
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