As more numbers of women have taken to breast feeding, alongside there is a higher incidence of unexpected pregnancies. This is because women are under the impression that breastfeeding is a means of secure contraception.
Experts have cautioned that while breastfeeding can provide effective contraception, even missing one feed can actually spoil that effect.
'Often, their GP has told them that breastfeeding is an effective form of contraception. It is an excellent for of contraception - if you do it exclusively. If you miss one feed, it is not reliable. Exclusive breastfeeding can provide highly effective contraceptive cover, but only if strict criteria are met,' experts said.
According to NHS data, there is an increase in incidence of breast feeding at birth from 65% of women in 2005 to 69 per cent in 2010. On the same lines, majority of women are choosing to supplement breast feeding with formula even when the baby is one week old. Therefore, since new mothers are not exclusively breast feeding, they are not fully protected from unplanned pregnancies.