Progesterone Use in Lactation
Taking Progesterone During Lactation
Taking topical progesterone during lactation will lead to progesterone being in the mother's breast milk. However, the baby was exposed to high levels of progesterone in the womb. So, giving babies some extra progesterone in the mother's milk will have no adverse effects on the baby. The baby may sleep better from progesterone in the breast milk. Babies whose mothers had taken progesterone during pregnancy tend to be more intelligent and calmer.
Progesterone (not estrogen and not testosterone) does not have any secondary sex characteristic stimulation. This means that progesterone does not affect male or female characteristics. The effect of promoting the development of the baby does not affect the baby's gender. It is independent of the baby's gender. The baby is allowed to develop according to its own DNA code and is not affected by the hormones of the mother.
The only danger of taking progesterone during lactation is that sometimes the progesterone may decrease the amount of breast milk or stop the breast milk. However, many times taking progesterone during lactation does not affect lactation at all. So, when the lactation has fully come in, I ask the patient to start progesterone. May times a woman will start to take progesterone to prevent postpartum depression. Again to prevent side effects of using progesterone it is imperative to rid the patient's environment of xenoestrogens. Again, anything on the skin is 10 times oral dose in potency. So, instead of asking the woman to modify her diet, I ask her to modify all the things on the skin including laundry treating, lotions, shampoo, cosmetics, deodorant, and toothpaste. Then, she can take progesterone. Many times these topicals are fat soluble and take one to three months to wash out of the body.