A: Women who are breastfeeding CAN and DO get pregnant all the time, so unless you want to add to your family again, by all means use birth control. Breastfeeding is NOT good birth control.
If you’re lucky enough to have the energy and the hots for your partner right now, consider yourself lucky. You’re probably sleep deprived and craving a little time to yourself. However, if you’re thinking about some cuddling and some intimacy with your partner, then please be sure to use some form of birth control, because you could get pregnant.
Just because you haven’t had a period
Although women who are breastfeeding might not have a period, they can still ovulate, release an egg and get pregnant.
So, play it safe and lubricate, lubricate, lubricate. Most women who are breastfeeding find that their vaginas are very dry and don’t stretch like they used to. Likewise, their sexual response might be slower. This is a completely natural side effect of breastfeeding.
You see, the hormone prolactin that makes milk, also inhibits the hormone estrogen which helps keep our private girl parts moist and able to stretch. So, no matter what you use for birth control, get yourself some lubricant, and have fun.
Birth control options while breastfeeding include the Progesterone only pill, the IUD, condoms and DepoProvera.
For more on breastfeeding, you can download my Personal Guide to Breastfeeding.