Now that you’ve had your baby, your body needs some time to recover from pregnancy and childbirth. You also need some time to adjust to the responsibilities of parenthood and the changes to your relationship with your spouse or partner. While resuming sexual activity may not be an issue you are thinking about right now, it is important that you consider birth control options to assist you in planning your family. If you do not wish to become pregnant in the early months that follow the birth of your baby, discuss birth control with your obstetrician/gynecologist either before delivery or at your six-week postpartum office visit.
Breastfeeding mothers are not likely to become pregnant during the first six months after the birth of their baby if they:
Only breastfeed (not going more than 4 hours between daytime feedings and 6 hours between nighttime feedings)
Give the baby no bottles
Do not get a period
You have the chance of getting pregnant before your first period if the above 3 factors are not present.
If you want to delay your next pregnancy, it is important to choose a method of birth control that is best for you, your breastfeeding infant and your partner. You should consult with your obstetrician/gynecologist regarding any questions you may have about birth control.