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What birth control pills are recommended postpartum?

A progestin-only pill is recommended for the first 6 weeks after you give birth, because you may be at a higher risk of blood clots during this time and pills containing estrogen could increase that risk. Once you reach 6 weeks postpartum, the risk for blood clots decreases and it is safe to use any birth control method. However, progestin-only pills are also recommended if you are breastfeeding, because in some women birth control containing estrogen interferes with milk supply. Many new moms wait until they are done breastfeeding before resuming a birth control method that contains estrogen.

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