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I went to my baby appointment today and the midwife asked about my plans for contraceptives after the baby's birth. I hadn't really thought about it yet, but I guess with only 2 weeks left of my pregnancy, I need to figure it out quick.<br><br>
I am partial to the pill for many reasons. With my first daughter I took <i>Allese</i> but she said they don't prescribe that for nursing mothers because it will lessen the milk flow. It didn't for me, but this time it may be different.<br><br>
What kinds of BC pills do you nursing mommas use? She wants me to have a good idea next time I go in, which is next Friday.<br><br>
Thanks ahead of time!!!
 

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Micronor (or various generics/other brands) is what they usually prescribe for nursing moms. Its also called the "mini-pill". It shouldn't decrease your milk supply because it has progestin only (no estrogens).<br><br>
Important thing to remember about the mini pill is that you need to take it at EXACTLY the same time every day. This pill doesn't stay in your system very long, and if you miss the time by more than 3 hours (yes, only 3 hours!) you need to use a back-up method for the whole month. Not a large margin for error! Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by jackson's mama</i><br><b>Important thing to remember about the mini pill is that you need to take it at EXACTLY the same time every day. This pill doesn't stay in your system very long, and if you miss the time by more than 3 hours (yes, only 3 hours!) you need to use a back-up method for the whole month. Not a large margin for error! Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.</b></td>
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Yikes!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> That's not good. Sometimes I can be off by more than three hours, esp if I'm going to have a newborn. I want more babies, but I don't think I want them that close together! LOL.
 

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Well, if you exclusively breastfeed (no supplemental bottles or nipples of any kind) and co-sleep, you can pretty much count on not getting your fertility back for a number of months - if you look in the Fertility forum and search for lactational amenorrhea or ecological breastfeeding you will find more information and links. My ds is 13 months and although he's eating solids now I still haven't gotten my fertility back.<br><br>
I got a prescription for Micronor but I stopped taking it after a few weeks because the precise timing issue was too much of a pain. I have a diaphragm now, which I'm very comfortable with because a) there's no hormones to mess with my supply or transfer into my breastmilk and b) I can use it when I need it, it's not an every day thing I have to remember, KWIM?<br><br>
I would recommend against something like Depo Provera (the 3 month shot) or any hormonal method that's longer term, rather than day to day like the pill. I know I have read about women here who used something like that, and their supply dropped, and it wasn't easily reversible like stopping the pill.<br><br>
If you do go on the pill, I would wait several months until after your baby is born to make sure your supply and nursing are well-established.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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I am not so sure about BFing as contraception. I bfed 12 times a day, at least, when my daughter was born, coslept, and stayed home with her. I got fertility back at 4 weeks pp, like clockwork. I don't know how it would work, anyway, because the first time you ovulated, you wouldn't have a period first, right? So you wouldn't know you had ovulated.<br>
We use condoms. Not fun, but less messy, and I don't have to worry about hormones, pills, etc. It's not that big of a deal. I would look into a barrier method, like condoms, diaphragm, female condom, etc. I hope you find a method that suits your family. Good luck and congrats on the new addition! -Sarah
 

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Actualy I read somewhere that most first periods post-partum are not ovulatory. I don't have time right now to look up a reference but it should not be terribly hard to find.<br><br>
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I got pregnant with dd2 when dd1 was 6 months old. I never had my period and was exclusively breastfeeding. I only found out I was pregnant because I couldn't stop throwing up and went to the doctor. She asked if she could do a test and I asked why? She said lets just rule it out. Sure enough I was pregnant.<br><br>
My MIL had her kids 11 months apart. Never had a period and was breastfeeding.
 

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I used depo and hated it, both because it made me eat like a field hand (gained 20 lbs)and because it took forever to get fertile again. They really need to figure out a wt based dose for this stuff, I think I was getting way too much for my system.<br><br>
I have to a agree with the barrier method approach...we used condoms and counted the lactation protection as our "backup" until I stopped nursing...I resisted going back on the pill until other health reasons meant that a surprise would be unwelcome.<br><br>
I did not try micronor because of the time thing and because progesterone alone seems not to agree with my body really well.
 
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