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Do I still need to take birth control if I am breastfeeding?

Do I still need to take birth control if I am breastfeeding?

Maybe: When you are exclusively breast-feeding in the first 6 months- no supplemental feedings ( of formula or food), feeding every 4 hours, and before your period returns, lactation/ breast feeding can be effective for birth control if used consistently. If you are not following these rules, using birth control is a good idea. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Can I take birth control while breastfeeding?

Can I take birth control while breastfeeding?

Yes: Certain forms of hormonal birth control can decrease your milk supply and aren't recommended for breastfeeding mothers. However there are some progestin-only forms of birth control (pills, injections and iuds) that shouldn't affect your supply. Talk to your OB about what method might be right for you. ...Read more

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Do I still need birth control if breastfeeding?

YES!!!: Breast feeding does not prevent pregnancy. Not even a little bit. If you are having sex while breast feeding you should use protection. Unless you want to get pregnant again. ...Read more

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In your opinion, what birth control should I take while breastfeeding and why?

In your opinion, what birth control should I take while breastfeeding and why?

Confusing stuff: Some say all hormonal methods are safe. Some worry about estrogen in the dual type reducing quan/qual of milk, etc. Non-hormonal methods are safe for sure, but may be used unreliably. Talk with your partner and drs. Mostly don't worry & enjoy your baby. ...Read more

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Can i take the birth control mononessa even tho im not breastfeeding?

Can i take the birth control mononessa even tho im not breastfeeding?

Shouldn't: There are birth control pills intended for nursing moms. Mononessa is not one of them. While it would probably be ok, there are better pills to use during nursing. Specifically one of the progestin only pills would be preferred. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take birth control pills while breastfeeding?

Can I take birth control pills while breastfeeding?

No: Don't take any with estrogen as they may decrease your milk supply. Take the minipill or other progesterone-only methods. ...Read more

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Can i take the birth control pill while breastfeeding?

Can i take the birth control pill while breastfeeding?

Sometimes: If you are taking a Progesterone only birth control pill, you should be able to take that while nursing. Best to check with your doctor and get his/her advice. ...Read more

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When can I take my first birth control pill after i stop breastfeeding?

When can I take my first birth control pill after i stop breastfeeding?

Anytime: After stop your breastfeeding, you may resume ovulation soon. If you do not want to conceive, taking bcp is good option. Since you do not know when you will resume your menstrual period, it is ok to start bcp at anytime. It will help your period to starts after you taking the placebo pills. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more