Is Progesterone compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Progesterone?


January 10, 2015 (Very Low Risk)

Excreted into breast milk in a non-significant amount with no side-effects observed in breastfed infants of treated mothers. The plasma levels in those infants have been undetectable or very low.

During the first 6 weeks after birth, non-hormonal methods are of choice as contraceptives.

If associated to estrogens may inhibit lactation. It is recommended the use of contraceptive medication that does not contain estrogens, or, better if it contains progestogen alone.


We do not have alternatives for Progesterone since it is relatively safe.

Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


  • Dioxipregnen
  • Pregnenedione
  • Progestin


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