1. Your baby is fully breastfed. No dummies, no bottles, no dropping night feeds.
2. Your baby is less than six months old
3. Your periods haven’t returned
Simples huh? A handy temporary method for when your options are limited. I’d even used it myself (in the spirit of those Aussie stomach ulcer doctors, except not as brave) and it worked, though I did end up with a
My then job as an NHS (public health) librarian, meant that I noticed what information was being given to mothers about LAM. I contacted the fpa, the Department of Health and NHS Choices to point out (in the style of that Ronseal advert) that their otherwise excellent materials had missed a bit, but was either ignored or politely told that my comments would be held on file for when the information was next reviewed.
So I decided to go for a local approach. As LAM can increase breastfeeding rates, the local breastfeeding team and some key health visitors were interested and supported various work (including a local leaflet and publishing in the journal for health visitors). Unfortunately, all this seemed to make very little impact, at least in part because it was dismissed as unreliable by some local family planning experts.
Fortunately, not all family planning experts were dismissive, so I wrote this with one of them for the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare “Lactational Amenorrhoea: the evidence is there, why don’t we use it?” (full submitted text, not typeset to comply with copyright) . The peer reviewers made constructive comments and the editorial said that they hoped the article wasn’t ignored. Me too! Here's the official link for if you have access via Athens or the Faculty.