- Baby is younger than six months old
- Menstrual periods have not yet returned
- Baby is exclusively breastfeeding on cue around the clock.
- Baby does not exceed 4 hours during the day and 6 hours overnight between feedings.
Remember that ALL of the above criteria must be met in order for the LAM method to be effective. Personally, I would have used this method of birth control myself. However, my baby girl was a great overnight sleeper early on. And after she regained her birth weight, her pediatrician told me not to wake her to feed her. And she slept over 6 hours straight by four weeks of age – lucky, I know!
If you want to increase the effectiveness of the LAM method, practice ecological breastfeeding. This involves the following:
- Staying near baby
- Breastfeeding on demand 24 hours per day
- Avoiding bottles and pacifiers – babies’ sucking needs have to be met at breast!
That last one was not something I had to worry about. Dear Sophia was not a fan of bottles or pacifiers. Good for breastfeeding success – bad for mommy being able to get out of the house for more than a couple hours at a time!