It is a labor of love to write this for all of you. I am sending my love and blessings to everyone around the world. Breastfeeding With Love, Betty H. Greenman Is Wrapping The World Around With Her Love. Breastfeeding And Family Planning Facts The following types of birth control are safe and will not affect your milk supply.
1. Lactational Amenorrhea Method-LAM To use this method, you must be exclusively breastfeeding your baby. Your baby has to be less than six months old. You need to breastfeed your baby at least every 4 hours and 6 at night. You have not started your period yet. This method is 98% effective.
2. Condoms-This method also helps prevents transferring sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
3. Diaphragm/Cervical Cap-This is a small rubber device that women put into their vagina, birth canal and place over their cervix. These devices block sperm and help prevent pregnancy.
4. Sterilization, Vasectomy or Tubal Ligation- This is a surgery that is permanent to stop women from getting pregnant.
5. Natural Family Planning- This is a method to avoid pregnancies by observing the natural rhythm of your body and knowing the signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of your menstrual cycle.
6. Spermicides- This method kills and disables sperm so that it cannot cause pregnancy. It can be a foam, gel, creme, suppository or sponge method.
7. The Sponge-It is made out of plastic foam and contains spermicide. It is a vaginal barrier method to prevent pregnancy.
8. Copper Intrauterine Device (IUD)- This is a small device, a T-shaped device that is placed into the uterus by a trained healthcare provider. It provides continuous and highly effective birth control. These birth control methods should not be started sooner than six weeks after delivery. Talk to your OB/GYN about these methods to see what is best for you.
1. Depo Provera-This is a birth control shot which is an injection of a hormone that lasts 3 months and prevents pregnancy.
2. TheMini Pill- This does not contain Estrogen. The Progestin is lower. The mini-pill thickens cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterus preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
3. Mirena IUD- This is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. A healthcare provider places it into your uterus. It is a hormonal IUD.
4. Single Rod Implant- A match stick sized rod inserted into your arm to prevent pregnancy.The following is not recommended while breastfeeding. These birth controls have the hormones Progestin and Estrogen in them, therefore, this may keep your breast milk from coming in or stop it all together. Therefore, they are not recommended for most women to breastfeed.
1. The Ring-This is inserted into the vagina where it slowly releases hormones through the vaginal wall into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy.
2. The Patch- This is a thin, plastic patch that sticks to the skin.
3. The Pill, a birth control pill with Progestin and Estrogen- This pill contains hormones to change the way the body works to prevent pregnancy.
4. Emergency Contraceptive Pill- This is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse, commonly known as the after morning pill.