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What is an oral contraceptive for lactating women?

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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Progestin Only: Progestin-only oral contraceptives are safe for use by breast-feeding mothers. Jolivette, Micronor, (norethindrone) and Ovrette to name afew.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Progesterone only: pill such as micronor (norethindrone).
Dr. Robert Varady
Specializes in Family Medicine
"Mini pill": The mini pill, Progesterone only, (no estrogen) is generally used during breast feeding. It's been shown to be both safe and effective.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
It's fine...: You can safely take oral contraceptives while breast feeding. These are just natural hormones your body makes anyway and are not harmful to your baby. They may, however, affect the quantity of your milk, usually seeing a slight decrease. Make sure to drink extra fluids and put the baby to breast often, and your body will increase the output of milk in response quickly.

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Last updated Feb 9, 2017

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