Seasonique and Breastfeeding

by on April 23, 2012

Seasonique (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription progestin/estrogen combination oral contraceptive that prevents pregnancy. As with most medications it is not recommended to take this drug while breastfeeding.

Is Seasonique safe to take while breastfeeding?

Seasonique is not considered a safe birth control method for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Birth control pills that contain the hormone estrogen have been shown to reduce milk production in breastfeeding women.

There have also been studies that show small amounts of oral contraceptives or metabolites show up in breast milk. This can expose your child to unwanted hormones. It is best to rely on other non-chemical methods of birth control while you are nursing. The use of condom’s, some spermacides and the rhythm method are the safest choices during this time period.

Consult with your healthcare provider about other drug alternatives that will not affect your child. Also, consider telling your healthcare provider about any other medications, vitamins or herbs that you are currently taking.  Other medications, vitamins, herbs or substances other than birth control pills can be passed through breast milk.

Breastfeeding may be a difficult lifestyle choice but one that makes a big difference in the health and well-being of your baby. Breastfeeding promotes a healthy immune system, perfect ‘diet’ for babies, reduces the incidence of formula related allergies, is less costly, and helps cement the mother to child bond.

How soon can I start Seasonique if I decide not to breastfeed?

If you chose to use Seasonique and not breastfeed you should wait at least 4-6 weeks after giving birth before starting this oral contraceptive.

What do I do if I think I may be pregnant while taking Seasonique?

According to the Seasonique drug fact sheet, there have been little to no increased risk of birth defects in women who accidentally took Seasonique during early pregnancy. If you miss your regularly scheduled period or have cause to believe that you may be pregnant stop taking this birth control pill and consult with your healthcare provider.