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Birth Control While Breastfeeding – Best Suggestion

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Birth Control While Breastfeeding

Medical science recommends waiting for at least a year after the birth of a baby to be pregnant again. It could be harmful if its not possible to birth control while breastfeeding. Practically it becomes 18 months between the baby births. This can be helpful for the growth of your child and mother as well. This gap can avoid high risk of many complications such as preterm birth, low birth weight and miscarriages as well.

Birth Control Pills:

For this parents use different methods to control birth. Most of women use contraceptive pills. There arise two questions about taking birth control and breastfeeding

  • Contraceptives pills effect on milk
  • Contraceptive pills effect on child hormones.

Effects on Milk Production

Normally contraceptive pills contain both hormones estrogen and progestin while others carry only progestin only. The birth control pills containing only estrogen are not supposed to be compatible with breastfeeding because of their action on suppressing milk production.

On the other hand, the pills containing progestin only are not found with any effect on the production of milk. These pills are also called mini pills.

Possible Effects of Hormones on Baby

There is no evidence found for the entrance of these synthetic hormones in the milk is harmful or dangerous for baby. No longer, continuous studies revealed problems in those children who are on breast feed and their mothers are also taking hormonal or contraceptive pills with or without estrogen. However, many physicians raise question for the use of contraceptive pills for lactating mothers, for the long term sexual or reproductive development in future.

Doctors Recommendations

Doctors recommend that you should delay the use contraceptive pills for at least six months postpartum for birth control while breastfeeding. At that time your child would be feed up with other foods, lesser the take of breast milk while in taking of contraceptive pill can be harmless. This method can be helpful for two reasons:

  • Breastfeeding pattern can be will established by the time.
  • Older baby can better metabolize any hormone, may be appear in the milk.


If you want a long term method, you can go for IUDs (intrauterine devices). For this you can move to service providers or family planning health centers. This device will insert in the uterus after the 6weeks of child birth. By using the IUDs, you don’t have to take contraceptive pills on daily basis and to remember as well. You would also have not to do anything special before or after the sex.


You can also use the implants device for birth control. Once you have installed then it can work for 3years. Doctors insert this device in your upper arm just under your skin. It contains only progestin hormone, so it would not affect on milk supply.


There is the option of injectables which are used for months only. They contain more progestin than implants..


These are some kind of stick that can be installed on your back, arm, stomach or butt for a week.

They contain two hormones estrogen progestin. This may not be good for lactating mothers. If the doctor recommends then you should for at least six weeks until the better milk supply.

Vaginal ring

This device is placed in your vagina for 3 weeks. It also contains estrogen and progestin. For this you should also wait for at least 6 weeks.

Barrier Methods

These devices, which have no hormones, include:


They are easy to use and remove and can prevent pregnancy if use them in right way.

(ii)Cervical cap

This device is installed to cover the cervix. Cervix is the opening point of uterus.

It is very necessary to overcome the birth control while breastfeeding. It is good for both mother and child. Otherwise health issues may occur  that may harm and uncontrolled. Proper care and attention is the right of every child.

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