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Lactational amenorrhoea method for family planning

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7062.893 (Published 12 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:893
  1. Paul Fa Van Look, Associate director
  1. UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, World Health Organisation, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland

    Provides high protection from pregnancy for the first six months after delivery

    It has long been known that breast feeding can delay the return of fertility, but until recently the conditions under which women could rely on this phenomenon were unclear. In August 1988 an international group of scientists gathered in Bellagio, Italy, to review the scientific evidence related to the effect of breast feeding on fertility.1 2 In what came to be known as the “Bellagio consensus,” they concluded that women who were fully or nearly fully breast feeding and amenorrhoeic had a less than 2% risk of pregnancy in the six months after delivery.

    Subsequently, several groups have collected further data on risks of pregnancy among breast feeding women …

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