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BFBH Week 19: Birth Control

Posted: May 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breastfeeding | Tags: Blog Hop, Breastfeeding, Mom stuff, Nursing in Public, Stuff You Need | 4 Comments »

 This post is part of the Breastfeeding Blog hop hosted by Life with Levi and co-hosted by The Slacker Mom and Diary of a Devil Dog Wife. This hop runs every Thursday and Friday and features a different topic pertaining to breastfeeding each week. Please feel free to link up a post that pertains to the weeks topic and remember to leave comments! (We all love comments!)

I already covered my stance on using breastfeeding as birth control here.  (Spoiler alert!  I don’t trust it and am not going to tempt fate.).  And really, that only goes for the first 6 months anyways, so eventually, everyone has to make a choice.  Prevent…or not?  And if prevention is the goal…what are you going to do about it?

There are a few different options, some more conducive to breastfeeding than others. 

First off, “combination contraceptives” (progesterone and estrogen) are pretty much out until at least 6 months.  This includes the ring, the patch and the monthly shot as well as any combination pills.  Estrogen has been linked to low milk supply.  All of the hormonal birth control I have ever been on falls under this and I already have supply issues, so you’re right if you already guessed that this is not my first choice!  So, until your baby is well established with solids and you are probably wandering down the weaning path anyways…steer clear.

The better option would be the Progesterone only Pill aka the “mini” pill…Depo, some IUD’s and the progesterone implant’s work here too.  Even these have their downside, milk composition is not the same and some women do have supply issues, although not as many.

(Both estrogen and progesterone are deemed safe for breastfeeding mothers.)

And of course, good old fashioned condoms.  We’re all adults here, right?  No need to blush as the cashier rings you up or the pharmacist grabs your preferred brand from behind the counter!  Added bonus?  No side effects!

I’m not big on hormonal birth control for myself.  That is very…limiting.  But, the side effects I get from hormonal birth control (turning absolutely crazy) are something I for one, would reather skip.  Just a personal preference.  Also see: Supply Issues!

So, no hormones for me!

What do you tell your OB or midwife at that 6 week appointment when the question is first popped?  Pill?  IUD?  Not preventing?  (I’ve been down that road!)  What are the kids doing these days?

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4 Comments on “BFBH Week 19: Birth Control”

  1. 1 Gazerella said at 3:46 am on May 12th, 2011:

    I am 25 and just had my son almost 5 weeks ago. My OB did a 4-week post-op appointment last week and put me on the mini-pill. We are also using condoms because I suck at taking a pill at a certain time every day. Doctor even went so far to say take it every 23 hours to make sure it doesn’t wear off. I doubt I’ll last for very long on this. Bummed about this because I loved the ring!

  2. 2 Janine said at 9:03 pm on May 13th, 2011:

    Every 23 hours?? That is insane! I was on the mini-pill prior to my pregnancy (less stroke risk than hormones and the hormone pill MAYBE made me crazy) and loved it and am going back on it. I would just take it around the same time daily, within a 3 hour window. When I stopped I got pregnant my first week of trying so I feel like that pill was pretty damn effective.

  3. 3 Sarah said at 5:49 pm on May 12th, 2011:

    You forgot the non-hormonal IUD. The best part is that it is good for 10 years. I have had 2 one after my 2nd which I had removed to have my 3rd. And then replaced it after I had him.

  4. 4 lifewithlevi said at 4:41 pm on May 13th, 2011:

    I have to admit – I have honestly forgotten what it's like to buy condoms. I might have to go to the store and make a big deal of it now 🙂


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