Using Breastfeeding as Contraception

Breastfeeding is considered a safe method of contraception for use during the 6 month period after birth (98% effective), but only when it is the sole method of feeding being used. Once a woman’s period returns, whether this is before or after the half year mark, breastfeeding cannot be considered effective as a contraceptive backup.

After the first half year or after other food is partially introduced, the effectiveness of breastfeeding is reduced and needs to be supplemented with a mini pill or covered by a barrier method.

Estrogen, when ingested from contraceptives, can reduce milk flow. Research has indicated that the small quantities of Estrogen that enter the breast milk will not harm a breastfeeding baby.

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