M.R. asks from Palm Coast, FL on May 14, 2009
Breastfeeding & Birth Control
I am wondering what is the best bc to be on while your breastfeeding? I had a low supply in the begining and my daughter was not gaining enough weight she is still in the lower percentile for weight(19%)and very high for height (85%). Well I wanna make sure I get on the right birth control and I do not want to have my milk supply go down. I got the depo shot 3mos ago, but I have been told that causes bone loss and am not wanting to go down that road because I used that as birth control for a long time prior to getting pregnant. I would be curious to know the good and the bad from all you moms out there. Thank you so much for your concern.
B.A. answers from Miami on May 15, 2009
I used mini pill while breastfeeding and it lowered my milk supply. I stopped using it, using condoms until my husband gets the vasectomy and an ok from the doctor.
J.M. answers from Orlando on May 15, 2009
Honestly I think the best birth control while breastfeeding is a condom . Barrier methods don't affect your breast milk the way a pill or a shot can. The mini pill is safe but beware if you weigh more than 150 lbs it is less effective and if you don't take it at the same time every day it loses effectiveness
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S.A. answers from Orlando on May 14, 2009
I breastfed my son until he was 13 months old and my husband and I were not too keen on using any hormonal BC methods while BF so we used "natural methods" such as rhythm method (tracking your cycle so you know when you are ovulating and abstaining during that time) and pull-out method (self-explanatory). BF typically makes a woman less fertile but don't count on it. I have known woman who have gotten pregnant while BF so you do want to use something. There are also sponges, spermicides, and hubbie can always wear a condom. We did not get pregnant while I was BF so the natural method approach worked for us. Good Luck!
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C.M. answers from Miami on May 18, 2009
1. The copper IUD has no hormones and lasts 10 years, very effective
2. Mirena-progesterone releasing, local effect - extremely effective, lasts 5 years.
3. Depo provera you know already. the bone loss is temporary.
4. Minipill - Micronor. if you are not good with pills, forget about this, need to be extremely disciplined with time.
5. barrier methods - male and female condoms.
6. Implanon - 1 rod in arm lasts 3 years, unscheduled bleeding extremely, extremely effective. has progesterone
6. permanent - ESSURE and Bilateral tubal ligation
All hormonal methods can give you untimely bleeding, no bleeding at all or clot formation in brain, lungs, and/or legs.
D.W. answers from Gainesville on May 15, 2009
I considered my bc options after my 2nd was born and chose not to expose her to any hormones that would pass into the breastmilk so it's condoms till she's weaned! That was my biggest concern. I hated the idea that any hormones would pass thru the breastmilk to her. It's a short time to use other options beside hormonal bc.
T.B. answers from Miami on May 15, 2009
condoms...they won't interfere with your milk supply.
V.W. answers from Jacksonville on May 14, 2009
Definitely AVOID the oral contraceptives. They will dry up your supply for sure.
I went that route, after my son started biting with his mouthful of teeth (at 6 months) and it dried me up in under 30 days. Hopefully some of these other ladies will have some "DO" advice for you...
L.H. answers from Miami on May 14, 2009
I used the "mini pil" until baby was 6 months old and then condoms. I don't LIKE condoms but hey...
I didn't want to bf w/ the 'regular' pill...
I don't like the idea of mirena and hormones...that's just me...
C.W. answers from Miami on May 15, 2009
typically the barrier methond, it is usually best to stay away from any hormone type birth control until breatfeeding is over.