It's not necessarily a myth, but it should not be relied upon for birth control, exclusively unless your baby is less than six months, you haven't started your period yet and you breast feed unrestricted meaning no schedule, eight or more times per day. This can be effective, but IMO I wouldn't depend on it completely.
I believe that the Planned Parenthood website advocates it, and states that it is statistically as effective as the "pill."
In days gone by a lot of women used it quite effectively as a form of birth control, since breast feeding is supposed to stop you from ovulating, but I have heard of women who became pregnant while nursing. I think you're less likely to get pregnant if you breast feed exclusively, but if you substitute occasionally with formula, then you can get pregnant.
It is a myth and should NOT be used as the only form of contraception. Although some women do find it effective, many women fall pregnant while breastfeeding, sometimes even in the first few weeks after birth, when they are most fertile.
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by Silver Fish 6 years ago
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by Credence2 5 years ago
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