Birth Control Pills and Breastfeeding

Progestin-Only Birth Control Pills and Breastfeeding

Progestin-only oral contraceptives (also known as "mini-pills") are almost always recommended instead of combined oral contraceptives in breastfeeding women. These pills do not contain estrogen and will not affect the quality or quantity of your breast milk. However, progestin-only contraceptive pills are usually less effective than combined oral contraceptives. As soon as you stop breastfeeding, you should ask your healthcare provider about switching to a combined oral contraceptives.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Birth Control Pills and Breastfeeding

You should talk with your healthcare provider about birth control pills and breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about birth control pills and breastfeeding that is right for you.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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