Has anyone who is breastfeeding found a safe method of birth control besides condoms?
Amanda - posted on 11/05/2008
The mini pill is what I was on PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure to take it AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY!!! I was nursing my twin girls and was taking it and tried to change my schedule like an hour later and well lets just say I am due Feb. 18th 2009 :) I REALLY wanted to get on the Mirena IUD thats the best Good luck Mama!
Katie - posted on 11/04/2008
I'm on a mini-pill called Jolivette. When I read the insert though it said that used 100% correctly 1 in 200 users will get pregnant, and when used normally (I guess with a small margin of error) 1 in 20 (!) will get pregnant. My midwife said not to worry though, that combined with breastfeeding it's effective. And I'm BFing 2, so I try not to worry too much!
Lisa - posted on 11/03/2008
I recall my midwife mentioning something you can get inserted just under the skin of your arm. The sample I saw it kinda felt like part of a toothpick under the skin. I forget the name of it though.... The shot made me depressed and the mini pill is the same thing only lower dosage.. so it made me depressed at first but I seem to have leveled off and am okay now, or I would have stopped taking it. Good Luck!
Natasha - posted on 11/03/2008
I had spoken to my Dr, and he mentioned what I believe as the other women have called the mini pill. He said that it isn't quite as effective as the regular pill, and you have to be very careful to take at the same time each day as well. That being said, schedules and I are mere acquaintances at this point, so I knew I wouldn't be able to do that. So, I guess no, I haven't found one yet.
Carrie - posted on 11/03/2008
here is a good site that should help you make your decison. i used the mini pill until my son was 13mo, and then switched to the traditional pill because supply wasn't an issue at that point since we are doing a combination of cows milk and nursing now.
Jean - posted on 11/03/2008
my ob had me on depo shots. I got a shot every 3 months. I told him that I was nursing and he said that it would affect my milk the least. I asked about the iud and patch, but he suggested the shot. DS didn't have any problems w/ my milk and it was very convenient for me. HTH.
Laney - posted on 11/03/2008
I tried the mini pill and it made me crazy. I had horrible mood swings and got really depressed. I stopped taking it and was back to normal within a few days. We're just using condoms now, but I looked into other methods and a copper IUD is fine to use while nursing. You can also use a diaphram.
Barbara - posted on 11/03/2008
I'm on a low hormone IUD called Mirena. It's very nice as there is nothing to remember, it lasts for 5 years with no real upkeep at all, but it can be removed at anytime if you decide you want to get pregnant. Easy as pie, and no condoms!! Woo hoo!!
Kathy - posted on 11/03/2008
My doctor has me on a low dose mini-pill called Camila. It does not contain any estrogen, so it's not supposed to affect my milk supply. I would guess that the shot would be okay because it's not estrogen either, but I am only guessing here. The shot stays effective for three months at a time.
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