L.C. asks from Downers Grove, IL on June 09, 2008
N.L. answers from Chicago on June 10, 2008
My OB put me on the generic of Micronor (Joviette). I am having some decrease in supply, but not certain if it is because of the pill or if it is because I am at the 9 month mark. I still have not got a cycle either.
D.M. answers from Chicago on June 11, 2008
I am on Micronor and am breastfeeding my 4 month old. My supply is enough to feed and freeze milk for my baby. I have not seen any decrease in supply. The only time I see a decrease is when I do not nurse or pump enough but as soon as I increse the feeding/pumping it goes right back up. I consider the breastfeeding and pill to be double protection until we decide to have another or stop breastfeeding. I was also on the same pill after my 4 year old and everything was fine.
M.P. answers from Chicago on June 10, 2008
I used the mini-pill with my first daughter and it was fine. I now have Mirena and so far so good. My midwife said it was perfectly safe for nursing.
A.B. answers from Chicago on June 10, 2008
Yes I am on birth control while breastfeeding. Like PP said, it is the mini-pill (or progesterone only pill). Even though it is not supposed to decrease supply, some women have said that it has. I has NOT effected my milk supply at all. I have been happy with it so far. You could start on it and if you notice any significant decrease, just go off it right away and you should be able to get your supply back no problem.
M.M. answers from Chicago on June 10, 2008
I, too, took the mini-pill. My milk supply did decrease, but I think it was more because I had gone back to work and was not nursing as much. I was pumping, but only once at lunch time, so I think that is why my supply went down. My dr. said progesterone would not hurt the baby in any way because it is something the body already produces. Good luck deciding.
C.G. answers from Chicago on June 10, 2008
You can use the Progesterone Only Pill or POP (also called Mini-pill). Regular BC Pills contain estrogen which will decrease your supply. You can also use other progesterone-only methods like the Mirena IUD (or Paraguard) and Depo-Provera. Condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap are always options too.
J.I. answers from Chicago on June 10, 2008
I used Micronor, which is what your doctor would prescribe while breastfeeding. I exclusively breastfed my twins for 13 months, and didn't have any troubles with supply. Good luck!
B.S. answers from Decatur on June 10, 2008
I started taking Micronor when my son was 9 months old and continued nursing him until he was 2 1/2 and never had any supply problem. You do need to be a good pill taker and take them at the same time every day, but it did work for me!
D.B. answers from Decatur on June 10, 2008
Birth control can/will affect your supply...even the mini-pill. Best to go the natural family planning route while you are breastfeeding.