Birth Control Pill Breastfeeding

Although it is typically not recommended for women to use a birth control product that contains both an estrogen and a progestin while breastfeeding, there is a birth control pill that is safe for nursing mothers.
The progestin-only "mini-pill" (such as Ortho Micronor®, Nor-QD®, and others) is a popular choice for many women who are breastfeeding. It is considered a safe birth control pill because it does not contain estrogen, a hormone that can increase a woman's risk for a serious blood clot when taken after childbirth and decrease breast milk production.
Progestin-only birth control pills are safe to use six weeks after childbirth and do not affect breast milk production. However, these products do not provide the same amount of protection as combined hormonal birth control pills (the traditional "pill"). If women decide to use the progestin-only birth control pill while breastfeeding, it is important to take it at the same time every day within a three-hour window.
(For more information on this mini-pill, click Breastfeeding and Birth Control. This article offers more details on how progestin products work to prevent pregnancy. A description of other types of birth control options is also included.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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