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Can I take birth control while breastfeeding?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kathleen Forcier
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Moms breastfeeding young babies are recommended to use other birth control instead of oral contraceptives, in case the small amount of contraceptive hormone in the breastmilk can cause changes in a baby.
After a baby is several months old, a doctor might approve a breastfeeding mom to take birth control pills (usually the progestin-only pills), if she cannot use another form of contraception.

In brief: No

Moms breastfeeding young babies are recommended to use other birth control instead of oral contraceptives, in case the small amount of contraceptive hormone in the breastmilk can cause changes in a baby.
After a baby is several months old, a doctor might approve a breastfeeding mom to take birth control pills (usually the progestin-only pills), if she cannot use another form of contraception.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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