What birth control is safe to use while breastfeeding? Postpartum Recovery

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Depending on your hormones, health risks, and other lifestyle factors, you may choose to use one form of birth control over the other. And when you're breastfeeding, you obviously want to make sure whatever form you're using is best for you and safe for your little one. Here, an ob-gyn and moms weigh in on the safest options to help you make the right choice for you.

Discuss With Your Doctor

"I think it's most important for women to know that a spacing of at least 18 months between your pregnancies ensures the best outcomes for both you and your babies. With this in mind, the best type of birth control for you is the one you have discussed with your health-care provider. Your provider will take into account your breastfeeding plans and any other medical conditions to determine which method would be safest for you." -- Juliet Mushi, MD, FACOG, obstetrician-gynecologist at...

"I think it's most important for women to know that a spacing of at least 18 months between your pregnancies ensures the best outcomes for both you and your babies. With this in mind, the best type of birth control for you is the one you have discussed with your health-care provider. Your provider will take into account your breastfeeding plans and any other medical conditions to determine which method would be safest for you." -- Juliet Mushi, MD, FACOG, obstetrician-gynecologist at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Valhalla, New York

Condoms

"Condoms! I didn't want to go on anything hormonal, especially because I was over 35, and blood clot risk is scary to me. Also, they're really reliable with correct use."

IUD

"IUDs -- both copper and hormonal -- are safe to use while breastfeeding. I've found they're wonderfully low-maintenance!"

Diaphragm & Spermicide

"I've used a diaphragm and spermicide with success! The only thing is that you have to be fitted for the diaphragm, and the OB has to give you a tutorial on how to put it in."

Mini-Pill

"If you want to take hormonal birth control, the mini-pill is considered safe. They're progestin-only, so they shouldn't affect your milk supply. But you should definitely talk to your nurse, midwife, or ob-gyn before you start."

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