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Breastfeeding doesn’t prevent pregnancy all the time!!

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doesn’t prevent pregnancy all the time” is a guest post by Dr Abiodun Omonori


It is
widely accepted that once a woman puts her baby to breast frequently, the
chances of her becoming pregnant drops to almost zero, and there’s a scientific
basis for this. The suckling stimulus disrupts the cyclical pattern of the
release of some hormones from the brain (Hypothalamus), which in turn leads to
cessation of menses and temporary inability to conceive.
the efficacy of this natural family planning method reduces significantly after
6 months, largely due to a reduction in the frequency of breastfeeding. For
this to continue to work, you have to breastfeed at least every 4 hours during
the day, and 6-hourly at night; the longer the child sucks, the better the
chances of preventing pregnancy. Don’t ask me if the child can be assisted by
someone else in this duty. Lol!
I can
hardly forget the interaction I had with a woman few months ago, who came with
complaints of tummy aches and nausea. She delivered about 8 months earlier and her
baby boy was still being breastfed, only for her to discover that she had become
pregnant again. The look on her face was that of despair and intense sadness,
as she innocently asked me if I could help her remove it.
In fact
let’s not go far, I’m a practical example of this. My elder brother is 19
months (1 year and 7 months) older than me, because my mum took in while he was
10 months old.
It might be
dangerous to assume that since you are breastfeeding your baby exclusively,
then you can allow daddy in all the time without a gate pass. I have seen quite
a number of breastfeeding mothers become pregnant recently, with a few
attempting to halt the process by all means, leading to some complications.
My advice
is simple, even if you believe you can’t take in while breastfeeding, at least use condom so as to avoid telling stories that touch the heart.Photo via: Naij

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