This article is part of a series on using breastfeeding as birth control.
What can I do if I want to get pregnant while breastfeeding?
Q: I would very much like my baby to have a sibling very close in age. However I don't want to stop breastfeeding since I know it's important for my baby's health. What can I do to get pregnant while breastfeeding?
A: If you do want to get pregnant, you obviously shouldn't follow LAM. In fact, you should aim to do exactly the opposite of what the LAM method recommends since it's a method to avoid getting pregnant.
While breastfeeding alone doesn't prevent you getting pregnant, it's the main driver behind women's postpartum infertility. If you do want to get pregnant, you should consider stopping breastfeeding altogether. Since drinking your milk is very beneficial to your baby and it's recommended you exclusively breastfeed until at least 6 months old, we do not recommend you stop breastfeeding before your baby is 6 months old.
After your baby is 6 months old, you should still feed them breastmilk. That being said you can do so without actually breastfeeding or pumping if you've stored enough breastmilk on the side during the first 6 months. That's your best bet for getting pregnant: store as much milk as possible during the first 6 months so you can stop breastfeeding at 6 months.
How should you go about producing so much milk during the first 6 months? We find power pumping to be an excellent technique to increase breast milk production. You can combine power pumping with Milk Boost Tea, a very effective natural herbal tea to increase milk supply.
If you need advice on stopping your milk production after 6 months, please feel free to consult our article on how to stop breastfeeding.
Once you stop breastfeeding, you send a signal to your body that you're ready to be fertile again. How fast your body understands that signal really depends on the woman, it can be anything from a handful of weeks to a few months.
If you do not want to stop breastfeeding at all your fertility will still eventually come back but it'll likely take much longer. Be ready to wait anywhere from 8 months to 1 year and a half, depending on how long and how often you breastfeed.
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