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LAM and pumping

23 December, 2010

Question:

I have a question about the Lactational Amenorrhea Method of contraception. If I pump (I will be working in the mornings), does that still fulfill the condition for exclusive breastfeeding? The rest of the day including the night I am breastfeeding and we're not giving her any formula.


Answer:

Testing of the LAM in the context of pumping has not been done to the extent that it has been done for direct breastfeeding. It is logical that if you are pumping at a similar frequency to nursing your baby that it would still be reasonably effective.


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