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2021-05-27

Can you use birth control while breastfeeding?

Can you use birth control while breastfeeding?

Yes, if you’re breastfeeding, you can safely use hormonal methods. They won’t hurt you or your baby. You can start using the shot, implant, Skyla and Mirena IUDs, and some types of birth control pills (called mini-pills) right after giving birth.

Which birth control is best while breastfeeding?

Progestin-only contraceptives are the preferred choice for breastfeeding mothers when something hormonal is desired or necessary.

  • progestin-only pill (POP) also called the “mini-pill”
  • birth control injection (Depo-Provera)
  • progesterone-releasing IUD (Mirena, Skyla)
  • birth control implant (Implanon, Nexplanon)

Is Depo Provera safe for breastfeeding?

Yes, it’s safe to use the birth control shot while you’re breastfeeding. It shouldn’t have any effect on how much milk you produce, and it won’t hurt your baby. In fact, the shot is a great method to use if you’re breastfeeding and you don’t want to get pregnant.

Can birth control decrease milk supply?

Contraceptives which contain estrogen have been linked to reduced milk supply and early cessation of breastfeeding even when started after milk supply is well established and baby is older. Not all mothers who take contraceptives containing estrogen experience lower milk supply, but many do.

Is estrogen high or low during breastfeeding?

In lactating women estradiol levels remain low as long as prolactin levels remain high. Despite an adequate store of releasable FSH and LH in the pituitary, estrogen secretion does not occur and the ovaries remain inactive.

Do you have low estrogen while breastfeeding?

After giving birth, estrogen levels drop and stay low for as long as a woman is breastfeeding. Estrogen is found in every tissue of the body and is responsible for lubrication.

What hormone is released during breastfeeding?

Oxytocin. The oxytocin reflex is also sometimes called the “letdown reflex” or the “milk ejection reflex”.