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Lactational Amenorrhea Method

Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) is a short-term family planning method based on the natural effect of breastfeeding on fertility. The act of breastfeeding, particularly exclusive breastfeeding, suppresses the release of hormones that are necessary for ovulation. If certain conditions are met, the method provides protection from pregnancy for a woman immediately following birth until the child is six months old.

Using LAM provides the couple time to decide on another modern method to use after LAM. Counseling should include information about other methods, as well as reinforce the need for a timely transition to another method after LAM can no longer be used or the couple has chosen to stop using it. LAM can also help increase optimal breastfeeding practices and good infant nutrition.

FP method, FABM, FAMs, effectiveness, efficacy, fact sheet, factsheet, faqs, Interagency LAM Working Group

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