Family-Planning Methods

An individualized discussion on contraceptive options during lactation should occur between the patient and her healthcare provider. It is important to take into account the patient’s breastfeeding goals and her goals around contraception including any impact of potential future pregnancy. Some contraceptive options initiated early in the postpartum period may have a potential negative impact on mother’s milk supply.  To minimize any negative impact on a mother's milk supply, begin with the least invasive and lowest hormonal contraceptive methods started later after well-established lactation as first choice.  If milk suppression should occur, the treatment is more easily discontinued and alternative methods can be explored.

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