birth control and supply

Jeanine - posted on 01/22/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am currently suffering on the mini pill since i don't want to deal with any low supply issues, even though my dd is 13 mos. I have read that you can take regular (with estrogen) pills after 6 mos of bf'ing, but that is info from the pill suppliers and i am skeptical. please help!!!

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Catherine - posted on 01/23/2011

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I'm sorry to hear that you've had so much trouble with the progesterone-only birth control methods. I hadn't been taking any bc because I've had similar problems (I've started again now for a medical treatment, actually), and my husband and I just used condoms. It's certainly not our favorite solution, but it was better than the side effects from the bc. Maybe that's something to consider? Or, when you decide you are done having children, would you or your husband consider a more permanent method of birth control? That's our plan when we're done so that we don't have to worry about it anymore. Good luck.

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Sara - posted on 04/11/2017

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Things to help increase milk supply:
1. Pump every 2-4 hours for at least 10-15 minutes on each side
2. Eliminate or minimize intake of milk production inhibitors (medications like Sudafed, tobacco, mint, sage, parsley)
3. Add to diet or increase consumption of these herbs/foods:
– anise, basil, blessed thistle, caraway, chasteberry, cotton, fennel, squawvine, verbena
4. Healthy nursing tea/3x daily and it contains almost all above mentioned herbs.

Jeanine - posted on 01/22/2011

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if i miss a pill, which i do about twice a month even with an alarm, i will then bleed for a couple of days. this is extremely annoying!! i was on depo between both my children and it absolutely killed my sex drive - also annoying to have amenorhhea sp? and not care about sex! we are not really planning on more children, but my husband is waffling and i am willing to go along if he wants one more, but any of the other forms will keep me from conceiving for quite awhile and with my current age, if we are gonna have one more, it will need to be soon lol!

Catherine - posted on 01/22/2011

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I was actually just put on the pill when my son was 14 months old, and the doctor told me that pills containing estrogen are a no-no for breastfeeding because of supply issues. I'm not sure what your concerns are with the mini-pill, but there are other forms of progesterone-only birth control available (Depo-Provera, some IUDs, etc.). Your plans for future children, etc. may not allow for you to use those types of birth control, but it might be worth talking to your doctor about other options.

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