The use of pacifiers and thumb/finger sucking, feeding baby solid foods,
baby sleeping long night stretches, supplementing with feedings of
formula or juice, decrease in the usual number of breast feedings 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 baby 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.
Tips to Remember:
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 response to sexual stimulation for a few
months. During breastfeeding, you may have a decrease in vaginal
secretions. This is a normal response but may cause some discomfort. 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.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.