Birth control for breastfeeding mums
What kind of birthcontrol for breastfeeding mums is safe for me? Read on for more info here...
Most women who breastfeed exclusively will stop having periods, a condition called lactational amenorrhea. While you are breastfeeding, your chance of conception drop to about 0.5% to 2%, compared to 20% to 40% for the average women. Despite these low rates of conception however, there is still the chance of pregnancy.
Most contraceptive methods are safe to use for breastfeeding mums and will not put an infant at risk. However, some forms of birth control can be detrimental to a breastfeeding mum's milk supply.
Can I use hormonal birth control while breastfeeding?
Doctors recommend that breastfeeding women use contraceptives that contain only progestin. Progestin birth control come in several forms:
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Doctors recommend against using contraceptives that contain estrogen. Effects may vary between people, but estrogen may interrupt your milk supply, especially if you are already having supply issues, or if you are nursing a child who is older than 1.
What are my non-hormonal birth control options while breastfeeding?
Aside from hormonal birth control, you can also look at some alternative options.
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All of these options are endorsed by the Singapore Health Promotion Board, but speak to your doctor about the best choice for you. Each individual is different!
Need help? Don't fret!
In doubt about your options and want to know how other mums fare? Please consult a doctor, who can offer you more personalised advice according to you and your baby's situation.
theAsianparent also has a Singapore Breastfeeding Mums Support Group that you can join for mum-to-mum advice.