LAM primarily works by preventing ovulation. Frequent breastfeeding temporarily prevents the release of the natural hormones that cause ovulation.
“Lactational” refers to breastfeeding; “Amenorrhea” is the absence of menstruation.
LAM can be used by women who just gave birth provided that these conditions are met:
She breastfeeds the baby often, day and night.
The baby is less than 6 months old.
Mothers with HIV must be taking Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to prevent infecting her baby.
A mother who just gave birth and is not menstruating, should frequently breastfeed her child to temporarily make her infertile until she gets her period within 6 months.
A mother who is Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV positive must take Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to prevent infecting her baby through breastfeeding. She should also use a condom during sex to prevent infecting her partner.
The Lactational Amenorrhea Method can be used right after giving birth (postpartum).
It is healthy for both the mom and her child.
It’s a free and natural method.
It can be used temporarily until the couple decides on which contraception to use.