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Contraception and lactation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17983999     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The benefits of breastfeeding for both the infant and the mother are undisputed. Longer intervals between births decrease fetal/infant and maternal complications. Lactation is an effective contraceptive for the first 6 months postpartum only if women breastfeed exclusively and at regular intervals, including nighttime. Because a high percentage of women in the United States supplement breastfeeding, it is important for these women to choose a method of contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies. Both the method of contraception and the timing of the initiation of contraceptives are important decisions that a clinician must help the breastfeeding woman make. Ideally, the chosen method of contraception should not interfere with lactation. This article reviews the research on the effect of contraceptives, including hormonal contraceptives, on lactation.
Joyce King
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of midwifery & women's health     Volume:  52     ISSN:  1542-2011     ISO Abbreviation:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-06     Completed Date:  2007-11-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100909407     Medline TA:  J Midwifery Womens Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  614-20     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Emory University School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Contraception / methods*
Contraception Behavior
Contraceptive Agents, Female*
Contraceptive Devices, Female*
Evidence-Based Medicine
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant Welfare
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Welfare
Mothers / education
Patient Education as Topic*
Postpartum Period*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contraceptive Agents, Female

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