Implanon and breastfeeding

Becca - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have been breastfeeding my son for almost 3 months now and have never really had a problem, other then occasionally being fidgety because he has to burp. I got Implanon put in 5 days ago and I have noticed that he is a lot more fidgety and often won't eat as long as he usually does. Has anyone else experienced this problem with Implanon and breastfeeding? Does my milk taste different now? I have looked online and but all the sites say Implanon doesn't affect breastfeeding...

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Aileen - posted on 06/30/2010

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It is not as common for progesterone only bc to affect milk supply, but it is not impossible. Some women do react to it with diminished supply, which is why the mini pill is recommended before using any longer term progesterone method. That way you know how your body is going to react. I have also heard that sometimes because a tiny bit of the hormone is excreted in your milk that babies sometimes react with a little fussiness, but it's not harmful.

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Sally - posted on 11/20/2012

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Is implanon a hormonal birth control? While some are less bad than others (and some moms are less affected than others) all hormonal forms of birth control mess with your milk supply.

Michelle - posted on 09/06/2010

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I breastfeed and I just had implanon inserted about a month ago, and it seems to be causing my baby to dislike it. He probably is ot getting enough because he feeds for short periods, then gets frustrated and sucks with more force. My nipples even strated breaking and bleeding. And he wants to eat like every 1/2 hour now...I started using formula now to supplement his diet because my breasts are hurting so much, and also I get headaches more often now, possibly also caused by Implanon.

Pauline - posted on 07/01/2010

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Anything with hormones can potentially effect your supply. I really hate that it isn't listed on the products. Hopefully that isn't what has happened. You should watch to make sure baby continues to gain. Worst case, you can get it removed and nurse like crazy to up your supply is the implanon turns out to be the problem with your breastfeeding.

Brianna - posted on 06/29/2010

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I have Implanon and got it at 6 wks check and breastfeed,my daughter is 11mths, never had any problems.

Jessica - posted on 06/29/2010

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I've been on Implanon for about a month now and I'm not having any problems with breastfeeding or milk supply and if i had a problem with milk supply i would just think it was because i've gotten really lazy with pumping while i'm at work

Erica - posted on 06/22/2010

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According to my peds doc, Implanon will cut your milk supply and possibly dry it up. I have no clue if this has anything to do with it but I would talk to your son's doctor as they seem to know how it works.

Sarah - posted on 06/22/2010

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I've been experiencing the same thing w/ Murena (IUD). I'm not sure if my daughter's figitiness is due to this or a need for something new.

Pauline - posted on 07/01/2010

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Anything with hormones can potentially effect your supply. I really hate that it isn't listed on the products. Hopefully that isn't what has happened. You should watch to make sure baby continues to gain. Worst case, you can get it removed and nurse like crazy to up your supply is the implanon turns out to be the problem with your breastfeeding.

Brianna - posted on 06/29/2010

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I have Implanon and got it at 6 wks check and breastfeed,my daughter is 11mths, never had any problems.

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