Side Effects Of Taking Birth Control Pills For Breastfeeding Mothers?

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I’m currently breastfeeding and still taking the Yasmin birth control pill. Apart from reducing the production of breast milk, will the Yasmin Pill also affect the child and cause damage to the child’s liver, etc. because of consuming my breast milk? thanks

1 Answer:

Hi Silvia,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

There are several things you need to pay attention to in having contraception, especially when breastfeeding. One of them is, whether the contraceptive you use can affect your milk production.


While breastfeeding, you are not advised to use contraceptives that contain a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, as well as the birth control pills you mentioned (which contain Drospirenone and Ethinylestradiol). This is because the estrogen content in birth control pills can reduce not only the quantity, but also the quality of your breast milk. This condition is certainly not good for your baby, especially if he is not even 6 months old. Because, at this age, babies really need exclusive breastfeeding to support their nutritional adequacy. Even so, there has been no specific research that proves that babies who breastfeed from mothers who use combination birth control pills will experience impaired liver function.


Therefore, when breastfeeding, it would be much better if you use other contraceptive alternatives, for example:

Non-combination birth control pills (mini pills, which only contain the hormone progesterone)
KB injection 3 months
KB implant (implant)
IUD (intrauterine device)

In addition to breastfeeding or not, there are various other factors that also need to be considered in the choice of contraception, ranging from body posture, vital signs, and also a history of other illnesses suffered. Therefore, before choosing the right contraception, first consult with your doctor.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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