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Severe Weather Alert Update: 2:00 pm, Dec. 11, 2018

All Wake Forest Baptist Health clinics and Urgent Care locations in Winston-Salem will open at normal time on Wednesday, Dec., 12.
Locations in Asheboro, Lexington, Wilkes, Hickory, High Point, Greensboro, Mt. Airy and Elkin will open at 10 am on Tuesday, Dec. 12, except for the following location which will open at 8 am: 
Hematology Oncology - Elkin

If you have questions, please contact your clinic directly. Find your clinic online.

    Is Breastfeeding a Good Form of Birth Control?

    Is Breastfeeding a Good Form of Birth Control?

    Is it true that you can't get pregnant while you're breastfeeding? I'm currently breastfeeding my baby and my husband and I aren't using any sort of protection. Thanks!
    - Marisol

    Breastfeeding naturally suppresses the hormones needed for ovulation, so it is possible to use breastfeeding as an effective form of birth control.

    But this only works if you haven't gotten your period yet, your son is less than 6 months old, and you follow these feeding guidelines:

    • You exclusively breastfeed your baby (that means no supplementing with bottles or solid foods).
    • You go no longer than 4 hours between feedings during the day and 6 hours at night.

    Strictly following these rules might be difficult, so if you're not able to do so, choose another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy.

    If you can follow these guidelines, you will still need to choose another form of birth control once your baby turns 6 months old. Some forms of birth control can decrease your milk supply, so ask your health care provider which options are best for you.

    Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
    Date reviewed: November 2014