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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I breastfeed my 11-month-old son, and have started him on semi-solids. Can I start taking oral contraceptive pills?

Ganga (New Jersy, USA)

A: You should not take O.C. pills when you are breastfeeding, but you can take a Depo Provera injection, which is effective for 3 months. You can repeat this injection every 3 months, for as long as you are breastfeeding.

Q: I have a sixteen month old girl, and I still breastfeed her. Can you suggest a safe oral contraceptive? If I conceive another child, will I be able to breastfeed both children, as I wish to breastfeed my first child till she is 2 yrs old.

Nandita (Dehradun, India)

A: You can stop breast feeding your one and a half year old baby. He can now eat regular food. Any oral contraceptive is ok eg. Triquillar, Femilon etc. If you conceive, stop feeding this child immediately. It is bad for your unborn baby, and for your health. There is no need to breastfeed your child till he is two years old.

Dr. Purnima

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