Actually BlueRubies… there are many studies that have shown higher effectiveness rates of NFP…
For example… a very recent one from Feb 2007…
Here’s a quote from the study…
RESULTS: After 13 cycles, 1.8 per 100 women of the cohort experienced an unintended pregnancy; 9.2 per 100 women dropped out because of dissatisfaction with the method; the pregnancy rate was 0.6 per 100 women and per 13 cycles when there was no unprotected intercourse in the fertile time. CONCLUSIONS: The STM is a highly effective family planning method, provided the appropriate guidelines are consistently adhered to.
While this study doesn’t directly address postpartum NFP, it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not an effective method.
Exclusive breastfeeding does work for many women… but for many it doesn’t guarantee infertility even for the first 6 months.
(I’m a perfect example of that!)
BUT, tracking your cycle using NFP isn’t impossible during breastfeeding either. Yes, you have to be very vigilant to record your fertility signs (during breastfeeding the MOST important signs are the cervical mucous and cervical position… temperature is a secondary indicator of ovulation, not primary)… but I was easily able to detect my first postpartum ovulation (before my first period) after both of my previous pregnancies… at 5 1/2 and 7 1/2 months postpartum. So that’s a cumulative total of 13 months using NFP during breastfeeding without having a regular cycle to track… not bad!
LuciaGdeLopez - I highly recommend going to NFP classes and self-educating as much as possible. Again, postpartum NFP is the most difficult time to track, but it’s not impossible. Definitely concentrate and study the most on the cervical mucous and cervical position signs, as these will be your best indicators of fertility during your non-cycling breastfeeding month.
Good luck and many prayers for you!