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Birth Control While Nursing


It is a common fact that exclusive breast feeding is good birth control. In fact, during the first six months of nursing, if you are regularly and exclusively breast feeding (this means night feedings too), you are 99% protected from pregnancy.

The fact is that many of us can’t breastfeed 24/7, so we may only be partially protected. Your baby may be sleeping through the night and skipping her night feeding. You may have gone back to work and pumping.

Whatever your situation, to guarantee your protection from pregnancy, it is best to use a backup method. The good news is, you can go back on “the pill” while nursing, if this is your preferred method of birth control. Ask your doctor for the particular type of progestin-only pill that does not interfere with milk production.

If you are not a “pill girl”, you can still use a barrier method such as a diaphragm or condom. See birth control methods for more information on forms of birth control.

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