Can You Take Plan B When You're Breastfeeding?

In the midst of late-night feedings, too little sleep, and not enough coffee, you and your partner have miraculously managed to squeeze in some sexy time — go you. But whether it was a hazy, champagne-infused romp in the sack or an unreliable condom, you wake up the next morning and realize your intimate moment could lead to baby number two. You consider the morning-after pill, but then remember your breastfeeding babe. Like too much broccoli and caffeine, you consider everything you put into your body these days. But can you take Plan B when you’re breastfeeding?

"Yes, contraception is safe and effective to take when you are breastfeeding," Dr. Nicole Scott, an OB-GYN at Indiana University Health, tells Romper in an email interview. "That said, it may cause some irregular bleeding, but, generally, it is safe."

That means treat emergency contraception as a last resort, according to Kelly Mom, and that goes for whether you are breastfeeding or not. If you are nursing, then it’s also important to note that, while safe to take, the morning-after pill does have estrogen, which can lead to a temporary dip in milk supply.

For the long haul, consider a more reliable form of birth control, specifically one that is a progesterone-only pill — also known as the mini pill. Other birth control options while breastfeeding are an IUD, Depo-Provera shots, or going au naturel by using the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) and relying on a lack of ovulation to prevent pregnancy.

It’s also important to note that if you are breastfeeding, don’t believe everything you hear. Believe it or not, it’s safe to have the occasional drink — see, someone is looking out for you — and not producing enough milk is not as common as people make it out to be.

But, seriously, let’s get back to the fact that you hopped back in the sack. Between being exhausted, maxed out on touching, and simply not feeling body confident, sex can be an adjustment post-baby. And for that, I bow my head to you.