Problems nursing with Mirena contraception?

Sarah - posted on 11/27/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I recently got Mirena and 2 days later, my 7 month old went on a nursing strike. At first she was just refusing her afternoon nursing but was still doing her early morning and bedtime ones as well as after solids if hungry but then she started skipping bedtime one also and then the 5th day in she started refusing the early morning one and hasn't breastfed at all since then and it has been 8 days since it started. We were avoiding supplementing and I have tried every piece of advice I can find: Nursing in a quiet/dark room, offering frequently, skin to skin time with my top off, putting something yummy on my nipple, teething tablets/cold wash rag/ tylenol in case she is teething though I don't think she is and I took her to the Dr. to rule out ear infection or illness and he didn't think she was teething either. I haven't found a single other account of a mother having a baby stop nursing when they get Mirena but I can't think of anything else it could be with it having lasted this long. Also, if you did ever have a nursing strike, can you tell me how long it lasted and what worked for you?

Thank you all!

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Holly Janelle - posted on 12/19/2011

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I had my IUD for 6 months and am still exclusively Breastfeeding and I didn't have any problems with Breastfeeding or my supply. I had it taken out because the strings bothered my husband not because of supply or Breastfeeding issues due to mirena. Sounds like a strike talk to a lactation consultant they can help you through this time. My lactation consultants were wonderful!!

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/19/2011

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Holly I hated the strings too. I probably would've gotten them removed too and gone for the implanon if the Mirena hadn't shifted.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 12/19/2011

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That's true Ania. But Mirena and Implanon are both low hormone which is why they are recommended to women who want to continue breastfeeding. I didn't have a problem breastfeeding with the IUD just the fact that it didn't stay in my uterus. I like the implanon better anyway.

Ania - posted on 12/19/2011

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Mirena has hormones. Hormonal contraception lowers milk supply for some maybe even majority of women, but I'm not sure about this statement.

Hope - posted on 12/18/2011

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I have had the mirena for about 2 months now and I have not have any issues with breastfeeding.I have strictly breastfed and there has not been one issue. I hope by now you have found the issue.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/29/2011

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I'm wondering if she's just going on a nursing strike now. I have no actual experiance with those, but I had Mirena for about 2 months and now have the Implanon and haven't had any issues.

I wonder if you could contact a lactation consultant or WIC to see if they could help. I hope someone can help you out with that.

There could be a slight chance it could be the Mirena (I had issues with that IUD myself) I wish I could be more help

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