It is called weaning, not "winging" when you stop breast feeding. Yes, you can use the patch but as mentioned above, it can reduce the amount of milk you produce. So it is up to you, if the baby is almost weaned, it may not make much difference. Here is what the literature states :
The effects of Ortho Evra in nursing mothers have not been evaluated and are unknown. When possible, advise the nursing mother to use other forms of contraception until she has completely weaned her child. Estrogen-containing CHCs can reduce milk production in breastfeeding mothers. This is less likely to occur once breastfeeding is well-established; however, it can occur at any time in some women. Small amounts of contraceptive steroids and/or metabolites are present in breast milk.
- Ortho Evra Information for Consumers
- Ortho Evra Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ortho Evra (detailed)
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