Woman can use pill while breastfeeding without risks for the baby?
That’s always been my question, and still was–until I have the opportunity to better understand the subject. When I decided to write this post (and clarify for you all on the pill use in breastfeeding), I thought “Wow, I have a lot of questions about that!”. Never really trusted in pill nursing-and I thought it was really cool to talk about it.
I didn’t take the pill during the 14 months of breastfeeding of Leo. And don’t even get me started to take in those five months of Manu. Even talking to the obstetrician, always got a flea behind the ear. Now, I removed all doubts, and I invite you to do the same. Of course I’m not
talking to you pill! Each woman lives and motherhood can/should make their choices according to their particularities. The needs and/or concerns change of mother to mother-and also of a son to another! I, for example, I wouldn’t worry about a possible pregnancy after Leo, was the difference between babies. Today? I don’t think about getting pregnant, even more during breastfeeding.
I spoke with an expert on the subject, Dr. Achilles Cruz, gynecologist and obstetrician at Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP, and he clarified a number of questions, including some myths we all believe.
His tip for moms who don’t want to take the ‘ risk ‘ and rather continue quiet with their babies is that even breastfeeding, the woman can make use of a specific pill and continuous use. The pill with progestagen (hormone that inhibits ovulation) developed especially for women during lactation.
Options existed before this, but studies have shown that the synthetic form of the hormone progesterone, estrogen free, does not interfere with the quality or volume of milk!
But you can even get pregnant breast-feeding?
My mother and my mother-in-law got pregnant so folks! With 11 months difference between the children. This is a the first topic of the myths and truths about breastfeeding. Check out all that separated, and were answered by the expert.
- Breastfeeding is a 100% effective contraceptive method.
Myth. Some women may ovulate even during the period of breastfeeding when the menstrual cycle is blocked due to suppression of hormones. Ideally, the first return to the gynecologist, the mother talk about the most appropriate method to prevent pregnancy. He will guide you about the use of condoms, IUDS, implants or even the progestagen pills, which are the most suitable for this period.
- Woman who is breastfeeding may take any kind of pill.
Myth. In this period, the most suitable are the pills of progestagen hormone that inhibits ovulation. Estrogen-free, this active ingredient does not interfere with the quality or volume of milk, there is no interference on baby food.
- Get pregnant while breastfeeding is beneficial.
Myth. There is no interval between pregnancies, however, it is advisable that the woman does not get pregnant while breastfeeding, because the overhead of breastfeeding with a new pregnancy can affect the health of the mother.
- The power supply of the mother influences the milk.
Truth. Everything that the mother eats just passing into breast milk. It is therefore important that women make a varied diet and drink plenty of fluids during that time. The consumption of alcoholic beverages or cigarettes is contraindicated. Medicines, for example, should only be taken with medical advice.
- Stress influences the production of milk.
Truth. When the woman is very tired or anxious, the production of the hormone oxytocin, which is responsible for the rise of milk, is blocked. Milk not dry when you’re stressed, but your descent can be impaired.
- Breastfeeding is good for the health of the mother and the baby
Truth. Babies fed exclusively on breast milk until six months of age are better protected against inflammation, otitis and diarrhoea. According to the Ministry of health, the chances of developing breast cancer mother decrease in 5% every 12 months of breastfeeding.
More important questions – specifically about the use of the pill on breastfeeding (also answered by the doctor):
1 – a question that I’ve always had is: this kind of pill can be used why the hormone does not pass to the child for milk or for that matter and not hurt? As the woman can feel safe about it? After all, why this pill is safe for nursing mothers?
During breastfeeding, the most suitable are the pills of progestagen alone. This hormone inhibits ovulation consistently and spend a minimal amount for the milk without affecting the baby’s health. In addition, does not interfere in the milk volume, there is no interference on baby food.
2-Has possible side effects, like the other? Headache, bloating etc?
All contraceptive pill can introduce side effects. However, the incidence of side effects of progestagen pills is low and tends to be transient and may reduce with your continuous use.
3-The woman breastfeeding mother know if you are Ovulating? It is true that, as the baby space feedings, it is more likely that ovulation is happening?
It is not possible to determine when the breastfeeding woman is Ovulating, because, in General, she’s in amenorrhea (absence of menstruation) and there is no way to identify the fertile period. But, Yes, with the spacing of the feedings, reduction in levels of prolactin and the ovulation blockade becomes less consistent.
4–When women stop breastfeeding she must change of birth control or you can continue with this specific to that period, if adapted?
After the interruption of breastfeeding the woman is well suited with the pill, that is, feeling good, with no side effects and with bleeding pattern acceptable (generally, no bleeding-amenorrhea) can continue with the use of progestagen isolated pill, hormone that inhibits ovulation, since your effectiveness is similar to that of oral contraceptives combined.
5-Any contraindication? For example: women with circulation problems etc?
There are few contraindications to the isolated progestagen pills. We can mention the unwanted pregnancy, breast cancer and thromboembolic processes like acute venous thrombosis and stroke.
6–This pill may affect the woman’s libido? This is a common question because at that stage the woman no longer has a lot of disposition and all she wants is not any interference in that sense.
There are pills that can have the greatest impact on libido. However, this is still a topic surrounded by a lot of doubts and quite controversial, because there are other factors that influence women’s sexual desire, especially in a moment so special is the maternity period.
… And to close this enlightening post, remember that:
The lactation phase is critical to the development of the child and brings numerous benefits to mother and baby, everybody knows. And the point is that on the pill right, none of it is damaged.For babies, it means among other things: the prevention of diseases such as pneumonia and ear infections, in addition to stimulate directly the development of face and speech. For mothers, breastfeeding contributes to weight loss (acquired during pregnancy), promotes uterine recovery, reducing blood loss and anemia after childbirth, helping to prevent against cardiovascular disease, breast and ovarian cancer, and diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization (who) and the Ministry of health (MS), exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to six months of life and the ideal is that the child continue receiving breast milk until the age of two (or more) with the addition of supplementary feeding.