Can I use Hormonal Birth Control While Breastfeeding?

Can I use Hormonal Birth Control While Breastfeeding

Can I use Hormonal Birth Control While Breastfeeding?

 

Breastfeeding moms have many safe and effective birth control methods to choose from.

You can start using the shot, implant, Skyla and Mirena IUDs, and some types of birth control pills (called mini-pills) right after giving birth.

You may be able to get an implant or IUD in the hospital or at your postpartum check-up. Implants and IUDs are super effective, and prevent pregnancy for several years. Once these methods are in place, you don’t have to do anything (like remember to take a pill) to be protected from pregnancy. They’re set-it-and-forget-it birth control, which comes in really handy for busy new moms.

 

For the first 3 weeks after giving birth, don’t use a method that has the hormone oestrogen, like the pill, patch, or ring

What Non-Hormonal Birth Control Methods can I use?

 

You can safely use non-hormonal birth control while breastfeeding. For up to the first 6 months after your baby is born, you can rely on breastfeeding as birth control if you have not gotten your period yet and are not feeding your baby formula or food. 

 

The copper IUD is one of the most effective birth control methods out there, and it lasts for up to 5 years (but you can get it removed whenever you want). It’s a pretty convenient option for new moms who don’t want to add birth control to the list of things they have to remember.

 

Other non-hormonal birth control options are condoms, female condoms, diaphragm, and cervical cap.

If you used a diaphragm or cervical cap in the past, wait until your first postpartum check-up to begin using that method again. Most doctors recommend that you don’t put anything in your vagina until that first check-up. You may also need a new size.

You can also get your tubes tied (aka sterilization) after giving birth. But this method is permanent, so it’s only for people who are absolutely positive they don’t want any more kids.

 

Dangers of Hormonal Birth Control When Breast Feeding

 

Side Effects for the Nursing Mom

While both progesterone and oestrogen are approved by the American Academy of Paediatrics for use by breastfeeding women, one important side effect that pertains to nursing mothers is the dramatic drop in milk supply that oestrogen causes. If a woman chooses to use combination birth control containing oestrogen and progesterone, it should only be used after the nursing baby reaches six months old and is well established on solid foods.

In addition to the potential drop in supply, a woman must also be aware of the side effects of birth control that pertain to all users, regardless of lactation status. These include irregular bleeding or spotting, nausea, breast tenderness, weight gain, water retention, spotty darkening of the skin, and mood changes. There are also important danger signs that can identify a more dangerous reaction, such as a blood clot. These signs include severe abdominal pains, chest pain, shortness of breath, severe headaches, eye problems (such as blurred vision) or severe leg or arm pain or numbness.

 

Side Effects for the Breastfed Baby

The most obvious side effect of birth control pills on the breastfed baby is the potential for a drop in milk supply in the mother. This drop in supply could lead to poor growth, lack of nutrition, and an end of the breastfeeding relationship. There have been few studies to directly study long term effects of early exposure to these hormones, although the American Academy of Paediatrics regards them as safe for the nursing infant.”

 

It is safe to say that the easiest, most convenient and effective way to prevent pregnancy while breastfeeding, in a way that is safest for you and for baby – is to use a non-homronal IUD.

 

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Thanks to livestrong.com for the great info sourced!