Take note, however, that emergency contraception pills are not available in the Philippines. Some online stores sell them, but please purchase with caution, since you might not be able to ascertain their safety and authenticity.
You may talk to your doctor about morning after pills or another form of emergency contraception called copper IUD.
5. Remember that you have other options
Instead of pills for breastfeeding mom, don’t forget that you can safely use other options of contraception, such as:
- Intrauterine device
- Tubal ligation, which is permanent
Choosing Contraception While Nursing
Before choosing any form of birth control while nursing, please have a discussion with your healthcare provider. Together, you can determine:
- What’s available and safe for you and your baby
- How contraception can affect you and your breast milk
- How soon you can start with the preferred birth control
- The options which your partner can consider
- The types of contraception that are absolutely not recommended
Is it safe to use birth control pills while breastfeeding? Experts say, yes, provided you have already established your milk supply, which can happen after about 6 weeks. Progestin-only pills are the safest, but they might not be as effective as combination pills that also contain estrogen. Emergency contraception may also be used, but it’s not available in the Philippines yet, so you might want to talk to your doctor about it or using a copper IUD.
Learn more about Breastfeeding here.