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?