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Newborn and Infant Care

The pill and breastfeeding

03/12/1998

Question:

Will using birth control pills right after giving birth harm breast-milk..??

Answer:

The American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of oral contraceptives for use in breastfeeding mothers. However, it is important to note that oral contraceptives may reduce the amount of milk produced by the breastfeeding woman. The earlier in the breastfeeding experience the oral contraceptives are started the greater the effect on the decreased milk production. Prior to beginning oral contraceptives it is important to have your milk well established, and that your baby is gaining weight. If you take oral contraceptives it is important that your baby's health care provider be aware of this so that weight gain can be closely monitored. Also, discuss with your health care provider that you are breastfeeding so that the correct type of oral contraceptive can be prescribed for you.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati