Anyone breast feeding while using mini-pill for birth control?

Cheryl - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby is 14 weeks old and I've been breastfeeding exclusively (no supplemental formula or pacifiers) and my doctor prescribed the low hormone mini-pill for birth control. However, I still haven't gotten my period. Does the breastfeeding prevent you from getting your period even though I'm on the pill (which I thought would force my body to have a period) or should I be worried?

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Cheryl - posted on 01/12/2010

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Whew! Believe me, I'm not complaining about not getting my period but there are so many rules about taking the mini-pill at the same time every day that I was afraid maybe I wasn't careful enough. Thanks!

Becky - posted on 01/12/2010

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Yeah, there is a 2 hour window supposedly. I have missed days and nothing has happened yet....although if I haven't started ovulating yet, I guess that would be why. I have thought maybe I was prego a couple of times....it's so hard not to have the monthly indicator.

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Hannah - posted on 01/14/2010

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I started the mini pill when my daughter was just about 3 months old. I started getting my period when she was about 7 months old. I have only ever exclusively breastfed since she was born, so I was very bummed to get my period, and it lasts a lot longer than it used to. I have 4 more months left of this particular birth control, and after I run out, I am switching to sheepskin condoms. I got pregnant my first time on the regular pill, so..... no birth control is 100% except for abstinence.

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I was told that the mini-pill only works if you are exclusively breastfeeding, which means 4 times a day. My dr told me if i start to wean or use formula to call and get back on the regular pill. Hope that helps...

Laura - posted on 01/13/2010

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Just a cautionary note - I got pregnant with my second child while I was on the mini-pill.

Cheryl - posted on 01/13/2010

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Oh god - good to know Cassie! I'll make sure I go back on the regular pills once my period returns. Can't have any more surprises at my house! Thanks for all your replies - I feel much better now.

Cassie - posted on 01/12/2010

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I was on the mini-pill with no periods and no complaints UNTIL my daughter turned 11 months. My first postpartum period returned, I continued taking the mini pill and found out the following month that I am expecting again! It was a COMPLETE SHOCK!!!!

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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Me too! I am really liking this mini-pill, no period and no wierd side affects! When I was nursing my son, 9years ago, my Dr. talked me into "the shot" and I hated it. I love that my gyn says it has no affect on my milk, I feel safer this way for sure, though it is strange not to have a period for months on end.

Heather - posted on 01/12/2010

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I got my period right before I started the pill and once I got off I started cramping (and still am!) and even started spotting. Been doing that for a week now. I'm jealous because I'm breastfeeding and I got my period quickly. :(

Janice - posted on 01/12/2010

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Thank you for posting this I just started the minpill and I was wondering about this too.
My obgyn told me that there is no worry about "timing" when taking the mini-pill as long as you're breastfeeding. The time of day you take it is more important for those who are not breastfeeding or are weaning.

Becky - posted on 01/12/2010

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No worries. I have been breastfeeding for the last year and on the mini pill and still haven't gotten my period. Breastfeeding can make you not start your period for as long as you breastfeed or you may start when you start weaning. My son only BFs 4 times a day now and I still haven't started. But who's complaining?? My MD did say that the normal estrogen BC will make you start your cycles, though. Didn't seem much of a benefit to me. :-)

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