Breastfeeding is a known method of birth control but breastfeeding alone may not prevent pregnancy. If you are currently breastfeeding and are not yet ready for another pregnancy, you might want to consider using another form of birth control. This is because breastfeeding reduces your chance of getting pregnant only if you breastfeed exclusively.
For this method to work, you must breastfeed your baby at least every four hours during the day, every six hours at night, with no supplements. Also, breastfeeding as a form of birth control is only effective or reliable for six months after you deliver your baby.
Since you will need another form of birth control to prevent pregnancy, which one is safe for use while nursing your baby? Most birth control methods are safe for use during breastfeeding except ones that contains estrogen. Estrogen is known to affect milk supply and is therefore not recommended during breastfeeding.
Birth control pills usually contain the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Progesterone boosts milk supply so birth control pills containing only progesterone are a good choice for a breastfeeding mom. Besides progesterone-only pills, other forms of birth control safe during breastfeeding include:
- Condoms, diaphragm and cervical cap
- IUDs (intrauterine device)
- Depo Provera, a progesterone-only injection to be received every three month
To choose the type that is right and most suitable for you, it is best to see your doctor.