The Drs: Contraceptives While Breastfeeding & Pediatrician Vs OB/GYN

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The Doctors: Is Taking Contraceptives While Breast Feeding Safe?

The Doctors invited Dr. Jacqueline Walters and Dr. Simone Whitmore, both from the reality show Married to Medicine, on the show to answer some health questions.

The first question they received was:

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Is it safe to take oral contraceptives while breast feeding?

Both the women, and Dr. Jim Sears, said it is fine to take contraceptives while breast feeding but they did have some advice.

First, Dr. Sears advised double checking with your OB/GYN and pediatrician after the prescription is written. One of the reasons Dr. Sears wants women to double check is because there are side effects with all medications and he has an app on his iPad that tells him the latest news about all the drugs, meaning if something new comes along in contraceptive research, he knows and can relay the information to the woman.

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Secondly, Dr. Whitmore said women should be taking the mini pill, the contraceptive with only progestogen, because estrogen has been shown to decrease the amount of milk a woman can produce.

Thirdly, all the doctors recommended waiting two weeks to take the pill. They pointed out that you should wait six weeks before making love again but some couples do cheat which is why they allow the contraceptive to be taken two weeks after giving birth.

The Doctors: When to Talk with Tweens About Love Making

The Doctors continued with questions for their guest co-hosts and the nest question had to do with love making:

My tween-age daughter has questions about making love. It is better for her to ask the pediatrician or start seeing an OB/GYN?

Dr. Simone Whitmore said would prefer the mother take her daughter to the OB/GYN. Dr. Whitmore said she wants to be the one to tell the girl about “the low down and the dirty” about not getting down and dirty.

The Drs: Contraceptives While Breastfeeding & Pediatrician Vs OB/GYN

The Doctors talked with two specialists about whether it is safe to take contraceptives while breastfeeding and when to have the birds and the bees talk.

Dr. Jim Sears pointed out that there are specialists in adolescent medicine that deal with these types of questions all the time.

What all the doctors thought it really came down to was making the person comfortable. If the teen is not comfortable, they are not going to ask the questions they want answers to. In Dr. Whitmore’s case, she said she likes to talk with her patients like they are her friends or her sister. If she can relate to them in that way, he knows she can get through to the person.  For Dr. Walters, she likes to talk with the mother and the daughter at the same time and then with just the daughter.

“If she has an adult problem, treat her like an adult,” said Dr. Jim Sears.

When to Talk with Kids About Love Making

So, when should you have a doctor with your child about making love? Dr. Jim Sears said by the age of 13 definitely while Dr. Walters believed it is all about the person’s maturity level.

While 13 sounds like a good time for children to learn about lovemaking, Dr. Stork pointed out that boys are going through puberty 18 months sooner than they were 30 years ago, meaning pregnancies can be an issue for boys and girls who are only around 10 or 11 years old.

The bottom line is if you are not sure, ask the doctor. If they do not feel comfortable having this type of conversation with your daughter, then they should know where to point you so you can find someone who is willing to have the conversation.

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