Birth Control While Breastfeeding?

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Will taking the pills while breastfeeding effect the breastmilk in any way?

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Michelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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You can't take regular birth control. It has to be a "pop." It is progesterone only. The baby cannot have estrogen. It should not affect your supply.

Jessica - posted on 11/19/2009

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I got pregnant while taking the mini-pill and while nursing when my son was 9 mo. old. He was on babyfood at that point, but that's why i was on the mini pill.....apparently it's only 85% affective. This time I will be getting Mirena - IUD good for 5 years. I'm getting it in January as my husband will be overseas until the beginning of March. I want to make sure it takes affect before we have our "reunion" lol. Good luck choosing. I also had a lot of intermitent spotting with the mini-pill. So I was always having to wear a panty liner and kinda killed the mood rather frequently. Good luck!

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Yes, but you can take the mini pill as others have suggested. The only drawback is that you have to take it at exactly the same time every day. Since that was an issue with me, I chose to have the Mirena put in. It's been great with none of the side effects I used to get with the pill.

Amber - posted on 11/18/2009

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Yes!! Make sure to talk to your doctor..although in my case it didnt help. He prescribed me the pill and after reading the insert and talking with the pharmacist i found out there were effects to the baby. Depends on which one you are taking. I just gave up and am going with an iud...but make sure you let the dr know you are breastfeeding

Carla - posted on 11/18/2009

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Quoting Meagan:

Once your milk is firmly established combined OC's should not cause a decrease in your milk supply. So starting with the Mini-pill and then moving to regular combined oral contraception after is wise. VERY IMPORTANT - Once you're child starts to take any meals away from the breast you need to change to a more effective method than the Mini-pill. That could be regular birth control pills, IUD (I recommend Mirena), Nuvaring (can help with the vaginal dryness that sometimes occurs with breastfeeding etc. Breastfeeding offers only SOME protection from pregnancy...so be proactive if you don't want another kid right away!



The mini pill is just as effective if taken properly, no more than 3 hours late and with no 7 day break. I have been using it since I was 18, thats going on 8 years now (even when not breastfeeding) as I cant take the combined pill for medical reasons. Both of my children were planned and were concieved very quickly after coming off the pills, no unplanned pregnancies here.

Meagan - posted on 11/17/2009

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Once your milk is firmly established combined OC's should not cause a decrease in your milk supply. So starting with the Mini-pill and then moving to regular combined oral contraception after is wise. VERY IMPORTANT - Once you're child starts to take any meals away from the breast you need to change to a more effective method than the Mini-pill. That could be regular birth control pills, IUD (I recommend Mirena), Nuvaring (can help with the vaginal dryness that sometimes occurs with breastfeeding etc. Breastfeeding offers only SOME protection from pregnancy...so be proactive if you don't want another kid right away!

Rochelle - posted on 11/17/2009

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Don't know for sure but they will put you on low dose and after 2 months on the pill while breastfeeding I got pregnant!!!!!!! Not a sure thing!! Good luck!

Laura - posted on 11/17/2009

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I was taking alesse and when I stopped I noticed a definite increase in my milk supply.

Carla - posted on 11/17/2009

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Quoting Hannah:

I'm not quite sure what the "mini pill" is. But I take the pill that only has one hormone instead of two. I think it's called micronor. I'm not sure if it has lowered my supply, because I have always just barely had enough to feed my daughter. Hope that helps some.



The mini pill is the type of pill with one hormone (also called the POP, or the progestogen only pill), I also take micronor. It defo hasnt affected my supply as I feed my huge son, express 3-6oz per day for my nephew plus more for donating to NICU. If I express in the morning I can get 8-12oz for one breast and around 6oz from the other, on top of feeding my son.

Hannah - posted on 11/17/2009

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I'm not quite sure what the "mini pill" is. But I take the pill that only has one hormone instead of two. I think it's called micronor. I'm not sure if it has lowered my supply, because I have always just barely had enough to feed my daughter. Hope that helps some.

Mariah - posted on 11/17/2009

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There are birth control pills that are not supposed to affect your milk. I was on them with my first child and I can not tell you for sure whether they did or not. With my second child, I have opted out of the pill all together just because I want to make sure that there is no problem. I think that being on the pill regardless will lower your supply. It could also depend on the person.

Stephanie - posted on 11/17/2009

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Have have done the mini-pill, depo, and the IUD (this time) all while breastfeeding and each was successful! Just remember to take that little pill....I got #3 when I forgot!

Bridget - posted on 11/17/2009

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You can take a mini-pill safely (the combination/normal pill should not be taken until you finish feeding). You can use condoms or a diaphram as a "temporary" form of non-hormonal birth control.

You can have the injection (Depo-provera) or the implant (Jadelle or Implanon) as mid-term birthcontrol (3 months at a time on injection, 3 years at a time on the implant)

You can have an IUD put in (either the traditional copper or new hormonal) for long-term (5 years) birth control.

Tammy - posted on 11/16/2009

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Carla is right on the money. I am on the mini pill and have had no problems, my son is now 4 months old.

Emily - posted on 11/16/2009

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yes the pill can dry up your milk supply. i'm trying depo now and we'll see how it goes for the first 90 days.

Carla - posted on 11/16/2009

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taking the combined pill can dry up your milk. The mini pill is safe to use and doesnt affect your supply. You have to be sure to take it at the same time every day though or its less effective, you cant be more than 3 hours late in taking it.

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