Getting pregnant is always a possibility, but conceiving while breastfeeding will depend on many factors. When babies are very young and are nursing more frequently, you are less likely to ovulate. Generally, once your baby starts sleeping for longer stretches at night and begins eating solids, you are more likely to start ovulating, therefore increasing your chance of conception. Most OBGYNs do not recommend intercourse for 6 weeks after giving birth to allow your body to heal. However, it is important for new moms to maintain a physical, loving connection to their partners throughout early motherhood, which can be achieved in many ways other than intercourse. When you are ready for sex, remember, you can still get pregnant while breastfeeding even if your period has not returned. If your goal is to space your children apart, I recommend natural family planning or using a barrier method such as condoms.
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