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What form of birth control interferes with breastmilk production?

June 12, 2017

 

The correct answer is A. The amount of estrogen a woman’s body produces goes up tremendously during pregnancy, then plummets to pre pregnancy levels within 24 hours of childbirth. This helps the body by producing a large amount of prolactin, which is crucial for milk production. So any form of birth control containing estrogen has great potential to lower a woman’s milk supply. And the patch contains both progesterone and estrogen. Other forms of birth control pills contain both estrogen and progesterone, but the patch was the only method listed that combines both hormones.

 

An IUD (Intrauterine device) is a device placed inside of the cervix that prevents pregnancy. There is a non-hormonal copper IUD and also hormonal IUD’s such as Mirena, Skyla, and Liletta. These thicken the mucus in the cervix to help trap and prevent sperm from coming in, and they also slowly release progesterone to prevent ovulation.

 

The mini pill and the shot also use progesterone, but not estrogen. Birth control containing estrogen has been linked to reduced milk supply and shorter breastfeeding duration. Whereas progesterone methods are considered not to interfere with milk supply IF taken within 6-8 weeks of childbirth. If taken sooner, these methods also have the potential to lower milk supply.

 

Birth control methods that were not listed but considered preferable for milk production are non-hormonal barrier methods such as condoms and diaphragms. There are also more permanent methods like tubal ligation and vasectomy. And of course there is the LAM (lactation Amenorrhea Method). This is a natural way for lactating women to space their pregnancies and delay ovulation.

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