The use of pacifiers and thumb/finger sucking, feeding baby solid foods, baby sleeping long night streteches, supplementing with feedings of formula or juice, decrease in the usual number of breastfeeidngs or suckling time at the breast per 24 hour period may all contribute to the onset of ovulation (you can become pregnant) and menses (your period). Ovulation can occur without menses. If you and your bby are not exclusively breastfeeding around the clock without use of pacifiers or thumb/finger sucking and you wish to avoid becoming pregnant, discuss with your physician the various options of birth control available for your use while breastfeeding.
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Stimulation of your nipples, breasts and/or uterus during sexual intercourse may result in a oxytocin response: milk letdown -- squirting your sexual partner with a fountain of breast milk! Be ready with towels and a smile!
You may notice a change in your repsonse to sexual stimulation for a few months. During breastfeeding, you may have a decrease in vaginal secretions. This is a normal repsonse but may caus some disocmfort. The use of mild safe lubricants such as KY Jelly is recommended. Also, your nipples may be less or more sensitive to stimulation during sexual activity. Discuss this with your partner and discover your preferences through experimentation. You may notice that your interest in sex has been decreased. All these responses are normal and will not be permanent. Everything will return to normal as time goes by.
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