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Quartette and Breastfeeding

Quartette (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) should generally be avoided in women who are breastfeeding. Research shows that the hormones in the birth control pill pass through breast milk. These amounts are probably too low to cause significant or long-term problems in the infant, but there have been cases of breast enlargement and jaundice in babies who mothers used these pills while nursing.

Can Breastfeeding Women Take Quartette?

Quartette™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill. It is classified as a combined oral contraceptive, the most commonly used type of birth control pill. Combined oral contraceptives contain both a progestin and an estrogen. Although they are quite effective at preventing pregnancy, combined oral contraceptives, including Quartette, are not recommended for breastfeeding women.

More Information on Quartette and Breastfeeding

Studies have shown that the hormones in birth control pills pass through breast milk in low amounts. These amounts are probably too low to cause significant problems in breastfeeding infants. However, there have been cases of problems, such as breast enlargement and jaundice, in babies whose mothers took other combined oral contraceptives while nursing.
More importantly, combined contraceptives may decrease the production and quality of breast milk. For this reason, progestin-only oral contraceptives (also known as "mini-pills") are almost always recommended instead of combined contraceptives for breastfeeding women.
However, progestin-only contraceptive pills are usually less effective than combined contraceptives. As soon as you stop breastfeeding, it may be a good idea to ask your healthcare provider about switching to a combined contraceptive product, such as Quartette.
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