Birth Control while Nursing

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Which birth control pills are safe for nursing mothers?

Answer

Use of combination estrogen and progestin containing birth control pills by nursing mothers is generally not recommended. They may decrease the quantity or quality of breast milk, especially for those women who are only partially breast feeding and have less physical stimulus for lactation.

Progestin only birth control pills or mini-pills are much less likely to decrease milk production; thus, are a popular option for nursing mothers. Brand names include: Ortho Micronor®, Nor-QD® and Ovrette®. It is best to consult with your physician to determine if this method of contraception is right for you.

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