Morning after pill and breastfeeding

Justine - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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This is a delicate question, but I was wondering if the morning after pill is safe while breastfeeding. We had an accident and the condom slipped off, didn't break, but I'm not on birth control and neither of us is ready for another one, we each have one of our own and that is difficult as it is. I have not had my period back yet, my son is 11 months old, and i still intend to breastfeed for another year or more. I don't do well with birth control, it makes me nauseous, I get depressed when I'm on it, and have absolutely no libido, so I have been avoiding going back on it, plus I know it decreases milk supply. progesterone is the worst. I was just wondering if anyone has had this issue or knows about taking the morning after pill while breastfeeding. Thank you.

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Nicole - posted on 12/21/2009

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Jackie, I would just like to say that a fertilized egg IS a pregnancy to me. I personally feel that preventing a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus is a form of abortion, but that's just me. I felt I needed to defend Kyle. I did not intend to express my personal feelings like Kyle did because I didn't feel it was appropriate to Justine's question-I do not judge anyone for their decisions with their bodies, nor do I try to push my feelings onto someone else, but like her, I do believe life begins at the moment of conception and a fertilized egg is conception to me.



Now with that said: Justine, you should always consult a physician before taking any medications while breastfeeding. Please do not take any advice you would get from here as medical advice.



If you have not had any menstral periods as of yet, you may not have anything to worry about, but again, if you are very worried, consult a physician (or make sure the pharmicist knows that you are breastfeeding) and see what they recommend.





This is what Kellymom.com says about Morning-after pills:



"Morning-after pills should be used only as a last resort (whether you are breastfeeding or not).



"There are currently two types of products on the market packaged specifically as "morning-after pills:"



"a combination pill containing estrogen and progestin (Preven, Ovral)

a progestin-only pill (Plan B).



"Milk supply: Estrogen, in particular, has been linked to low milk supply in nursing moms. There may be a slight drop in milk supply a few days after taking the morning-after pill, but milk levels should rebound thereafter. See Increasing Low Milk Supply for additional info on increasing milk supply. Talk to your health care provider and/or lactation consultant about using an herb that increases milk supply (fenugreek, for example) to reduce any adverse effects on supply.



"Safety: The morning after pill is considered compatible with breastfeeding, but should only be used rarely. Not the first choice for routine birth control, it should be used only as a last resort (whether breastfeeding or not). Both progestin and estrogen are considered compatible with breastfeeding by the AAP. See below for additional information on side effects related to lactation."



I hope this helps and I am so sorry you are in this situation. I hope everything works out for you and you get the outcome you desire. Good luck.

Justine - posted on 12/21/2009

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Thank you ladies for your help. I just want to let you know, I am not for abortion at all, I lost a baby before having my son and could not by any means do that purposly, it tore me apart and still does. That is why I had considered this. I cannot have another baby right now, Im not healthy enough (I keep losing weight because I am nursing and though I would love to nurse and have a baby at the same time, I dont have the nutritional status to do both and I would rather keep nursing my son and have a baby when I am in a better position to do so). I absolutly want another child, but when I can give that child what she needs and deserves, which I cant do right now with a young son, a young step-son, and am still in school, not making an income other than OSAP and baby bonus. I hope you dont judge me for thinking that I couldnt go through with another pregnancy, but more-so, I couldnt go through with another loss. Im afraid that if I have gotten pregnant (which Im not sure I have, I felt different almost imediately both times) I would lose it anyway. Im not going to take the morning after pill anyway because my son is too important to me to risk losing my milk. I dont think my body will let me get pregnant in my current state.

Kyle - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Jackie:

First off PlanB is NOT an abortion Kyle. You need to do some research before you comment. PlanB will not end a pregnancy!!!

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Plan B is simple to use
And remember the sooner you take it the more effective it is.

plan B is two pills which you take together. If taken within 72 hours, it prevents pregnancy by doing one of three things:

Temporarily stops the release of an egg from the ovary
Prevents fertilization
Prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus
plan B is not an abortion pill—if you take plan B you will not be terminating a pregnancy.

If you are already pregnant and take plan B, there’s no evidence that plan B will harm you or the fetus."

Justine from what I found online it does pass thru the breast milk. I would call your doctor or ask your pharmasist to check his/her book for durgs for nursing moms. All drug stores have a book concerning nursing mothers of what they can and can't take. Definately find out before taking it.


Actually Jackie I did not NEED to do more research before i commented because i simply stated my OPINION. I was not judging her for considering the pill, as it is not my place to do so. I also stated on my comment, if you had bothered to read farther that she should ask her doctor and not trust a moms opinion who is NOT a doctor. Conception can happen in the first 24 hours and i think anything taken to prevent that IN MY MIND is abortion, that is just my opinion. Thank you Nicole for defending my thinking, I am glad to know I am not the only one! :)



Justine: Whatever decision you do make is just that, YOUR DECISION. I hope you find the answers you are looking for and i know you will make the decision that you feel is right for you and your family. Good luck.

Jackie - posted on 12/21/2009

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First off PlanB is NOT an abortion Kyle. You need to do some research before you comment. PlanB will not end a pregnancy!!!



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Plan B is simple to use

And remember the sooner you take it the more effective it is.



plan B is two pills which you take together. If taken within 72 hours, it prevents pregnancy by doing one of three things:



Temporarily stops the release of an egg from the ovary

Prevents fertilization

Prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus

plan B is not an abortion pill—if you take plan B you will not be terminating a pregnancy.



If you are already pregnant and take plan B, there’s no evidence that plan B will harm you or the fetus."



Justine from what I found online it does pass thru the breast milk. I would call your doctor or ask your pharmasist to check his/her book for durgs for nursing moms. All drug stores have a book concerning nursing mothers of what they can and can't take. Definately find out before taking it.

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Elle - posted on 12/21/2009

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Can I receive Plan B if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
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"Plan B does not end existing pregnancies. Do not use Plan B if you are pregnant. Plan B is found in breast milk; contact your doctor if you are breastfeeding and have currently taken Plan B."

http://www.pdrhealth.com/drugs/rx/rx-mon...

Kyle - posted on 12/21/2009

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I honestly don't agree with the morning after pill, it is just another form of abortion to me because if by chance you have conceived ( you can within the first 24 hours) it will still kill the baby or cause deformities if it does not kill it. But i would check with your doctor before trusting a mom's opinion that is not a doctor.

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