After giving birth, you can already get pregnant even if you’re breastfeeding and haven’t had your period yet. That’s why you might want to start thinking of postpartum contraception if you’re not yet ready to get pregnant again.
Yes, it’s totally safe to be on contraception while breastfeeding. However, there are a few things you need to know.
When to start
Depending on your chosen contraceptive method, you can start using contraception as early as 21 days (3 weeks) after giving birth. However, doctors often recommend to start after six weeks.
What to use
If you’re breastfeeding, you may want to consider using a copper IUD or injectable for contraception. These methods are low-maintenance, effective, and safe for breastfeeding mothers. In fact, you can have a postpartum IUD (PPIUD) inserted right after giving birth.
There are also progestin-only pills, which are specially formulated pills that breastfeeding mothers can take. Nursing mothers are often prescribed progestin-only pills because progesterone does not interfere with lactation and milk supply, unlike estrogen.
Before starting on any contraceptive method, please consult your healthcare provider first. They’ll help you figure out which method suits you best, and guide you on the proper usage of contraception.