IBCLCs-Have you seen low milk supply that you believe is related to hormonal contraception?
Research is underway to catalog the effects of various hormonal birth control options on lactation. Many health organizations and healthcare providers currently recommend the use of hormonal birth control without regard for the potential effects on breastfeeding and lactation or with the outright denial that any issues could result. This directly contradicts the professional experience of many in the field of human lactation.
In order to address this discrepancy and to develop a more realistic picture of this phenomenon, Dr. Alison Steube and research colleagues asking IBCLCs to use the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) to document occurrences. Dr Stuebe states: ” I want to encourage all of you to file a voluntary report when you see a case of disrupted lactation coincident with hormonal contraception. My sense is that maternal health providers do not think to report low milk supply as an adverse event — and probably don’t know about it, as mothers are not seen for follow-up after their 6-week visit. Pediatric providers may not assess mom’s birth control use, resulting in very few events being reported.”
Please consider filing a report whenever you encounter a case of low milk supply concurrent with hormonal contraception. Click here to learn more and be prepared to take action!
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From the FDA Website:
Who Reports to FAERS?
Reporting of adverse events and medication errors by healthcare professionals and consumers is voluntary in the United States. FDA receives some adverse event and medication error reports directly from healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others) and consumers (such as patients, family members, lawyers and others). Healthcare professionals and consumers may also report adverse events and/or medication errors to the products’ manufacturers. If a manufacturer receives an adverse event report, it is required to send the report to FDA as specified by regulations. The reports received directly and the reports from manufacturers are entered into FAERS.