1. What Is Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) in Contraception?
A temporary family planning method based on the natural effect of breastfeeding on fertility. Lactational means related to breastfeeding and Amenorrhea means not having monthly bleeding.
2. How does it work?
The lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) requires 3 conditions. All 3 must be met.
- The mother’s monthly bleeding has not returned.
- The baby is fully or nearly fully breastfed and is fed often, day and night.
- The baby is less than 6 months old.
LAM method works primarily by preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation). Frequent breastfeeding temporarily prevents the release of the natural hormones that cause ovulation.
3. Can LAM be an effective method of family planning?
LAM is very effective if the woman’s monthly bleeding has not returned, she is fully or nearly fully breastfeeding, and her baby is less than 6 months old. If she misses any of the three conditions, this method may prove to be less effective and risky for pregnancy.