If given the Depo shot within the 1st 3 days after child birth and I am breastfeeding, what are the risks?

Since all steroids pass

Since all steroids pass through the breast milk into the infant, the World Health Organization and the International Planned Parenthood Federation do not recommend hormonal contraceptives as a good choice for breast feeding women. Newborns have an immature liver and kidneys, so they are unable to clear the drug out their systems efficiently. Furthermore, their bodies require natural hormones for growth and development of the brain, sex organs, and other systems. Artificial hormones may compete with these natural hormones in the body.

There are other health reasons for new moms to avoid certain hormonal methods, esp. estrogen containing drugs such as combination oral contraceptives (not Depo Provera, however). The risk of drug-related postpartum stroke, heart attack, and blood clots are highest right after delivery. Women should avoid using any method containing estrogen for at least three weeks after birth.

Read more at this site at http://www.contracept.org/breastfeeding.php

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
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