Breastfeeding as Birth Control

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Can breastfeeding (or chestfeeding) be used as contraception? How effective is it? This article answers common questions about a form of birth control known as “lactational amenorrhea,” or breastfeeding to prevent ovulation, with information about how it works and its risks and benefits.