Birth Control While Breast Feeding.

Maria - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I have been told by several people that the Depo Shot is the only for of birth control (besides condoms) that you can use while breast feeding. Is this really true? I refuse to get the Depo Shot. I have read, as well as heard too many negatives. As well as I know a few people who have problems with it. Such as problems having another baby after quitting the shot, weight gain issues, and extreme moodiness. I am not willing to take that risk. Do I have any other options, or am I stuck not using a back up birth control method in case a condom is faulty? Oh, and while we are on the subject, what is your reccomended birth control? Personally, I loved using the ring. Nothing to forget, no shots, and no rashes from the patch. :)

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Nikki - posted on 01/06/2010

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i was on the depo before i got pregnant. butafter i had my sone my docotor told me that there is a pill that you can take while breast feeding and it won't do anything to your milk at all.

Akeisha - posted on 12/28/2009

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my doctor prescribed exluton...........it is designed for breast feeding mothers.......i use it and it works well

Ronda - posted on 12/28/2009

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Yes and no. I am a nursing mother and was on the depo since the day I left the hospital until about 2 months ago. My doctor being dumb let me take the pill. My milk supply started to decrease and when i told that with my visiting nurse she told me to quit the pill right away. There are only a very small few types of BC that are safe. There is a pill but not all hospitals carry it. Mine doesn't and I refuse the depo as well. You could talk to your doctor and they will let you knwo but make sure you are VERY CLEAR as I wasn't and got into an unsafe mix up.

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Ann - posted on 05/22/2013

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You have to stay away from estrogen. The mini pill which is recommended by dr is a progesterone only pill and the mirena is suggested as well which is only progesterone. Estrogen has been linked to lowered milk supply so if you aren't breast feeding than you won't have to worry about drying up due to estrogen. But my doctor who is a doctor at the number 1 hospital in my state and is linked to Boston as well told me any pill was available if I did not want to mini pill or mirena. They are all safe it's just depending on your supply.

Samantha - posted on 01/13/2010

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you can use any form of birth control that doesnt contain progesterone (which dries up breast milk) which there are IUDs you can have and there is a form of the pill that you can have. I used depo because I became pregnant when I missed my pill and I didn't want to take that risk again. I knew there were side affects none of which I noticed but I knew it was temporary until I could decide on what I really wanted. Now I go on monday to get an IUD mostly because I miss my period. It sounds crazy but I do miss it. The doctor will tell you all options but the shot might not be so bad if you are gonna be super busy with your baby.

Callie - posted on 01/07/2010

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I got an IUD and so far i love it... if u want more info on one of the types of IUD's you can go to mirena.com

Emilie - posted on 01/07/2010

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no it's not i've got the implant and it last three years and been breastfeeding for nearly three years with two children

Bec - posted on 01/05/2010

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for maci Bailey... breastfeeding does not stop you from falling pregnant. even though you arent getting your periods you can still get pregnant during the months of breast feeding. i was told to use the mini pill. it is basically the same as the pill but i think it has something to do with just eaostrogen in it but im not sure sumthin like that. i fould it hard to take that cause it has to be taken at exactly the same time evryday otherwise i dnt think it works. but if ya can do that then its ok. good luck anyways but dnt trust just breast feeding!

Kristen - posted on 12/29/2009

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when i was breastfeeding my doctor gave me a birth control pill. they said that the specific one they gave me was safe for breastfeeding they also said i had an option of an IUD

Brittany - posted on 12/28/2009

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no it's not true there is a pill that you can take it lines the uterine wall with mucus and works great it's all natrual!!!! :)

Juanita - posted on 12/23/2009

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I have the copper IUD and have breastfed my son the whole time. no problems at all here with it or with my milk.

Emily - posted on 12/23/2009

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I was told the only birth control I could use while breastfeeding was the shot.

And I hate shots, but I did it. And I love it.

It stopped my period almost immediately, and I haven't had one since then. I haven't experienced any weight gain, and I haven't been horribly moody.



The whole getting pregnant afterwards thing can happen with any form of birth control, not with the shot specifically.

But it's super easy, go in four times a year get pricked be free.

Shelby - posted on 12/22/2009

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I am breastfeeding my son, and have been from day 1. He is 5 months old and I am on the IUD Mirena; it works wonderfully and I have no problems as far as breastfeeding goes.

Brooke - posted on 12/22/2009

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You can use the mini pill but in all honesty I would hold off on any medication. Anything you take will be passed onto your baby and whilst I am not saying that it will harm your baby it does change the taste of breast milk which turns some infants off feeding. So I would say condoms are your best chance until you finish breastfeeding.

September - posted on 12/22/2009

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Not true at all! I breastfed and was on what is called the "mini pill" it's Estrogen free and safe for breastfeeding Mother's. I'm sure there are other options but you should talk to your Doctor.

Brittany - posted on 12/21/2009

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You can ask your Doctor and they can put you on a Birth Control pill with no estrogen. And you should be fine. Breastfeeding is not its own method of birth control!!! You can still very much get pregnant while nursing!!!

Jenny - posted on 12/21/2009

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While i was breastfeeding i started the pill and it dried my milk up ! i personally want to get merina , bit i hear it can mess up your ovaries i have not checked to see if it is true or not but the pill has a hormone in it that puts you at a higher risk of getting breast cancer ! my sister gets the shop she says she likes it cuz its not like the pill where you have to take it at the same time every day , i just cant get that im so afraid of needles

Maci - posted on 12/21/2009

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Breastfeeding is a natural birth control as long as you're not having any spotting or anything. Your menstrual cycle usually doesn't come back until about a year after giving birth, as long as you're still breastfeeding. But when you start cutting back on breastfeeding you should find a back up birth control.

Serene - posted on 12/21/2009

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You can also use an IUD, Implanon and Progesterone only Pill. PM me if you want more info. Breastfeeding is semi-reliable in itself, until 2 weeks before you get your period back. Of course, since you dont know when that is, you cant rely on it unless you are solely breastfeeding and want another baby soon.

Emily - posted on 12/21/2009

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hey, if you go to your doctor you can get the mini pill, its like trhe pill.. but different some how.. you can also get the mirena.. thats what its called in aus, they put that one inside you and it lasts about 5 years. they are the ones i kow of, but im sure if u go speak to your doc they will be able to tell you your options in better detail. =) good luck

Emily - posted on 12/21/2009

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hey, if you go to your doctor you can get the mini pill, its like trhe pill.. but different some how.. you can also get the mirena.. thats what its called in aus, they put that one inside you and it lasts about 5 years. they are the ones i kow of, but im sure if u go speak to your doc they will be able to tell you your options in better detail. =) good luck

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