My twins are 10 months old and I am still nursing them. They do eat a good bit of food too, but I still have not started cycling yet. I am not looking to conceive right now, but I also am not excited about taking the pill. I am worried about losing milk supply and about the babies getting hormones in the milk. How safe is the pill while nursing really?
Some women do fine with the "mini-pill," a progestin-only pill, but I have seen others have trouble with milk supply. I agree that even though the mini-pill is considered safe while nursing, the possibility of the hormones in your milk is real, and we really don't know the long-term health implications to children who received milk with these hormones. Have you considered an IUD? Those are generally well-tolerated and do not have the systemic hormonal implications of the pill. Other women find that condoms are really the best way to go.
Jennifer Karon-Flores, ND | Bambú Clinic 838 SW 1st Ave Ste 330 Portland OR 97204 | 503/274-9360 |www.bambuclinic.com
I have considered the IUD, but having heard some terrible stories, even about the new ones, I am intimidated. I am allergic to latex, and so don't generally use condoms, although they do make non-latex condoms... I guess nothing is perfect.
I am often asked by patients about "natural birth control." I explain that there is no such thing that is reliable. Birth control is important in modern society, but it really is going against nature. While the IUD does have some very small risks, in general many women find it a great alternative if they do not want hormonal methods and are in-between pregnancies. And yes, there are non-latex condoms, and some women find the natural latex condoms do not irritate in the same way as synthetic latex condoms. Of course, with a latex allergy, either type of latex is not an option.
Good luck on your decision!
Jennifer Karon-Flores, ND | Bambú Clinic 838 SW 1st Ave Ste 330 Portland OR 97204 | 503/274-9360 | www.bambuclinic.com