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Find Out What Forms of Birth Control are Safe to Use While Breastfeeding

by | December 14, 2018

There’s been a myth going around for years claiming that moms can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding. This is horribly untrue, yet lot’s of breastfeeding moms continue to rely on this mythical method of birth control. I even fell into the trap once, hello surprise baby number two!

All joking aside, here is a list of effective and safe methods of family planning to use while breastfeeding.

Hormonal Birth Control

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While hormonal is safe and effective you have to watch out for birth control containing estrogen. Estrogen won’t hurt you baby, but it can diminish your milk supply. I found this out the hard way when I was prescribed the regular pill instead of the mini-pill which contains progesterone only


Depo-Provera Shot – a progesterone shot that lasts for 3 months.

Implant – this tiny match-like is inserted into your arm and can last up to 3 years.

Skyla and Mirena IUDs – IUD’s with progesterone, can last up to 5 years.

Mini-pill or POPs – progesterone only pills, very effective, as long as you remember to take them properly.

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Non-Hormonal Birth Control

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Some women prefer to use a non-hormonal birth control, for medical or personal reasons.


Copper IUD – this one is great as it can last for twelve years, although it can cause spotting and heavy periods in some women.

Condoms – very effective, when you use them properly.

Cervical cap or Diaphragm can be very effective forms of birth control, but you will need to wait until your first postpartum check-up to make sure everything is ok up there, they will also measure you to see if you need a new size, because after all, ladies, size matters!

Birth Control Sponge – hormone free, easy to use and can protect against pregnancy for up to 24 hours

Sterilization – Extremely effective, and permanent.

If you’re breastfeeding and are ready to jump back into a little sexy-time but don’t want to get pregnant, please consult with your health care provider to find out which method of birth control is right for you.

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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]

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