Jolessa and Breastfeeding

Because Jolessa (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) may decrease the quality and production of breast milk, it is not recommended for nursing women. In addition, small amounts of the hormones in birth control pills pass through breast milk, and there have been cases of jaundice, breast enlargement, and other problems in babies whose mothers took combined oral contraceptives such as Jolessa while breastfeeding.

Is Jolessa Safe During Breastfeeding?

Jolessa™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. As with most birth control pills, Jolessa is not recommended for breastfeeding women.

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Jolessa is classified as a combined oral contraceptive. Combined oral contraceptives, which contain a progestin and an estrogen, are the most commonly used type of birth control pills.
It's important to note that combined contraceptives may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. For this reason, progestin-only oral contraceptives (also known as "mini-pills") are almost always recommended instead of combined contraceptives in breastfeeding women.
However, progestin-only contraceptive pills are usually less effective than combined contraceptives. As soon as you stop breastfeeding, it may be a good idea to ask your healthcare provider about switching to a combined contraceptive product such as Jolessa.
Studies have shown that the hormones in birth control pill pass through breast milk in low amounts. These amounts are probably too low to cause significant problems in breastfeeding infants. There have been cases of problems (such as breast enlargement and jaundice) in babies whose mothers took other combined oral contraceptives while breastfeeding.

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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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