5.5.2 Advantages of mini-pills
The mini-pill can be used by nursing mothers, as it does not affect breastmilk.
The major advantage of the mini-pill is that it can be used by nursing mothers six weeks after giving birth, and does not affect the quality and quantity of breastmilk. In contrast, COCs can slightly reduce milk production. As the mini-pill is free of oestrogen it avoids oestrogen-related side effects, such as heart attacks or strokes. It is also easier to understand how to take the mini-pill since women take one pill every day without a break. The mini-pill may also help prevent benign breast disease, endometrial and ovarian cancer, and pelvic inflammatory disease.