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Birth Control for Breastfeeding Moms

Are there safe and effective birth control options for moms who are breastfeeding? Fortunately, there are many different choices for contraception that have been shown to be safe for use while nursing and that are effective at preventing pregnancy. However, each woman's situation is different and there is no one option that is right for all women.
If you are looking for a hormonal form of birth control, a healthcare provider will usually recommend a progestin-only product. Progestin does not decrease breast milk production, and women can start taking it six weeks after childbirth.
Breastfeeding moms may also consider birth control methods that are nonhormonal, such as diaphragms, cervical caps, or condoms. There are also natural birth control options, such as periodic abstinence and the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM).
(For more contraceptive options for nursing moms, click Breastfeeding and Birth Control. This eMedTV Web selection provides a closer look at other possible contraceptive products and explains why using estrogen products may lead to potentially serious complications.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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