There is a persistent myth that breastfeeding offers a reliable method of contraception. This is absolutely untrue!
You should therefore choose a suitable contraceptive method soon after you have given birth. During the breastfeeding period, you should use a contraceptive method that is low in oestrogen or oestrogen-free.
Possible contraceptive methods during the breastfeeding period include:
- the hormonal coil (can be inserted 6-8 weeks after birth and contains a particularly low amont of hormones)
- a copper coil
- the mini pill (only contains gestagen and no oestrogen)
- natural barrier methods (condom, diaphragm)
Seek advice from your doctor or gynaecologist! He/she will help you to find a suitable method of contraception.