Although breastfeeding itself is somewhat protective against pregnancy due to delayed resumption of ovulation, it may not provide adequate contraception for a family recognizing the need to space their children. The pill is a safe alternative for those families. Although not considered dangerous to the nursing newborn the "combined pill", which is usually prescribed for contraception may decrease the milk supply and is generally avoided. The progestin only pill (POP) will provide a safe and effective method for the family interested in an oral contraceptive.
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MediGuard answeredIn general, progestin only pills are one alternative for birth control while breastfeeding. There are many doctors who will not prescribe any form of hormone for birth control while breastfeeding as some estrogen containing pills do cross into breast milk. You should talk with your doctor in detail about the risks versus benefits of the available oral birth control while nursing your baby.