Most medications are safe to take while breast-feeding. Also, the benefit of continuing to take a medication for a chronic condition while breast-feeding often outweighs any potential risks.
Can you take pill while breastfeeding?
But if you’re breastfeeding, have certain health conditions, or a risk of blood clots, you’ll usually be advised to delay using the combined pill, ring or patch until at least 6 weeks after the birth.
What birth control is safe while breastfeeding?
Progestin-only oral contraceptives, or “The Mini-Pill,” contain only a progestin (a female hormone). The method, when used daily, is highly effective for breastfeeding women. This method of contraception has a slightly higher failure rate than oral contraceptives (OCs) containing both estrogen and progestin.
Does birth control pills affect milk supply?
Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCP)
May have a slight effect on milk production. Are less likely to affect milk production when started six weeks after delivery. Must be taken at the same time each day to be most effective. Has a failure rate of nine percent.
How long after taking pills can you breastfeed?
Do not start the combination pill until at least 4 to 6 weeks postpartum when your milk supply is established and breastfeeding is going well. 1 If possible, wait until your baby is 6 months old, or even weaned. Keep a close eye on your milk supply when you begin taking the pill.
Does the pill dry up breast milk?
Hormonal birth control usually contains forms of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. While some women may tolerate hormonal contraceptives without an issue, sometimes the estrogen in these products can cause a woman’s milk supply to dry up completely.
How can I avoid getting pregnant while breastfeeding?
How does breastfeeding prevent pregnancy? When you exclusively breastfeed — meaning you nurse at least every 4 hours during the day and every 6 hours at night, and feed your baby only breast milk — your body naturally stops ovulating. You can’t get pregnant if you don’t ovulate.
Is breastfeeding a natural birth control?
Breastfeeding only prevents pregnancy for up to 6 months.
But breastfeeding isn’t a long-term natural birth control method — you can only rely on breastfeeding to prevent pregnancy for the first 6 months of your baby’s life. Sometimes, you might get your period even before that.