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Can I take birth control pills while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: No

Don't take any with estrogen as they may decrease your milk supply.
Take the minipill or other progesterone-only methods.

In brief: No

Don't take any with estrogen as they may decrease your milk supply.
Take the minipill or other progesterone-only methods.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

You will need to specifically ask for Progesterone only birth control pills sometimes called the minipill.
Other birth control pills contain Progesterone and estrogen which can decrease your milk supply by about 30%.

In brief: Yes

You will need to specifically ask for Progesterone only birth control pills sometimes called the minipill.
Other birth control pills contain Progesterone and estrogen which can decrease your milk supply by about 30%.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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In brief: Yes

During breastfeeding, you can use progesterone-only birth control pills.
You should avoid estrogen containing pills because they can decrease your milk supply. Other Progesterone only forms of contraception that are useful postpartum are depo-provera, the Implanon implant, and the levonorgesterol iud.

In brief: Yes

During breastfeeding, you can use progesterone-only birth control pills.
You should avoid estrogen containing pills because they can decrease your milk supply. Other Progesterone only forms of contraception that are useful postpartum are depo-provera, the Implanon implant, and the levonorgesterol iud.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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