Lactation and birth spacing: an overview
In many developing countries, the contraceptive effect of breast feeding, more than any other method of control, promotes the larger spacing of births. As shown in the studies reported by McNeilly and his colleagues suckling frequency, i.e. greater than 5 times per day and intensity, i.e. 10 minutes per feed, was associated with failure of follicular growth and ovulation. The decrease in frequency or intensity of ovulation may be brought about by such practices as scheduled rather than on-demand feedings, reduction in night feeds, introduction of bottle feeding, and use of ‘pacifiers’.
KeywordsBreast Feeding Birth Spacing Bottle Feeding Breast Feed Lactational Amenorrhoea
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