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Birth control while breastfeeding
By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC

Jo-Anne LawlessQ. Before I had my baby, my birth control of choice was the Depo Provera shot. I'd like to go back on it when the time comes. Is it safe to use when nursing? Birth control pills tend to make me nauseated, so I'd like to avoid them if possible.

A. The best course of action while breastfeeding is to avoid any drugs or medication whatsoever, unless medically necessary. Drugs which alter your hormonal balance in order to prevent conception are best avoided til after your baby is weaned. You are left with less reliable methods of birth control in this case, (barrier methods, and working around ovulation) but used properly and carefully, they are almost as effective (and they don't make you feel ill).

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