what is the best birth control if your breastfeeding?

Sheelah - posted on 06/12/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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And is it true if your breastfeeding you don't really need birth control....i heard you don't ovulate when breastfeeding......??

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Sheelah ~ you have quite a few option when it comes to contraceptives. If you do not want to fall pregnant any time soon then I certainly wouldn't recommend risking it and not using some orm of contraception...


Breastfeeding can be used as a contraceptive method but only if all of the following apply:


1. The baby MUST be fed day and night


2. You must not have had your period return since you baby was born


3. Your baby must be under 6 months of age


If all of these apply then there are some studies that say that the method is 98% effective. I find this hard to believe as 2 out of the 22 people in my class when I was lerning about this topic fell pregnant under these circumstances AND on the mini-pill!! Lol!!





For breastfeeding mum, the recommended contraceptives are progesterone only, as oestrogen can afect breastfeeding. Progesterone only methods include: mini pill, Implanon, Depo-Provera. IUDs are also appropriate for use while breastfeeding.





Women respond to different methods in a huge variety of ways and, what works for one doesn't always work for another. You also need to take into consideration how long term you want the method to be...





Talk to your health care provider and get the full run down :)


Personally, if I was trying to avoid getting pregnant I would definately not just rely on breastfeeding as a contraception...





Good luck and I HTH

Jehan - posted on 06/15/2009

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You can ovulate while breastfeeding. My OBGYN would only give breastfeeding moms the "mini-pill", IUD, or depo shot. All have their own risks. Ask your obgyn. They will give you all your options in F/U appt. I have Mirena IUD. Had some bleeding/spotting for about a month, it tapered off, and I don't get a period @ all anymore. Low risks due to fewr hormones in the bloodstream, they have worked out many of the issues people had w/IUDs in the past. Mini-pill effective, but you don't have the luxury of missing a few pills the way you might w/traditional pills. Depo shot is very effective, but has risk of weight gain and increases risk of depression in people predisposed to it.

Rosielee - posted on 06/15/2009

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I'm currently breast-feeding and yes you can still get pregnant also I started my mistral even though they say you wont have it as long as you are nursing. But I've had 2 friends get pregnant while nursing so I took the precaution and started a form of birth control. The birth control that I'm on is Mirena and i've had no problems with it thus far.

Dayna - posted on 06/15/2009

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You can definitely still get pregnant! My doctor put me on the mini pill (I am not sure the brand name but your doctor will probably know what it is). It was the alternative to an IUD which is not recommended if you want to have another baby within 5 years.

Nichole - posted on 06/15/2009

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I have heard that when you are breastfeeding you can still get pregnant and the chances are actually higher. I just got merana put it and I love it.

Jade - posted on 06/12/2009

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I was told that you are less likely to ovulate when breastfeeding, but its different for every person. I was breastfeeding and was told that the mini pill would be best but if i stopped at any time (breastfeeding) that i needed to go on the full pill. Your doctor should discuss your contraception options at your 6 week check up.

Cynde - posted on 06/12/2009

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My daughter is almost 6 weeks old, and my doctor recommended an IUD or a diaphragm. He said the pill could possibly dry up my milk supply and I may not want to take a chance with that. He said the IUD is very reliable and is good for about 5 years. He said if I actually decided to use it for the entire 5 years, it would probably end up being cheaper than buying the pills each month. He said the diaphragm is good if we wanted to have children sooner than five years. However, we decided against it because it seems like it would be a hassle to put it in and take it out every time we wanted to have sex. There's also the option of good old fashioned condoms, but if you're in an exclusive, long term relationship/marriage and are used to having sex without them, they can be a hassle as well. And it's VERY easy to just NOT use one...



We have decided to go with the IUD because my insurance will help pay for it. We're planning on trying to get pregnant again in a little less than 2 years, but we just can't beat the fact that the IUD is so EASY to use. You just get the thing inserted and then don't have to think about it again!

Heather - posted on 06/12/2009

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Bvreastfeeding is not an effective birth control!!

My doctor recommended an IUD-type product called Mirena. Because you don't take it orally, less gets absorbed into your breast milk, plus it's more effective than the pill. The only thing is it's kind of expensive, but most insurances cover it and it lasts for 5 years. A bonus: lighter periods when they start up again.

Debbie-shea - posted on 06/12/2009

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This is not true! You can still get pregnant (and your period) while your breastfeeding... even if your doing it exclusively. I would ask your dr what he recommends but alot of people recommend going on the "mini pill" when your breastfeeding. The reason for this is regular birth control pills can decrease your milk supply. I, however, returned to my regular pill (yasmine) when my daughter was 6 weeks old. Shes now 4 months and I have had no change in my breast milk. If your concerned about it decreasing drink more water.

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