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My son is 19 months old and I have just started my monthly for the first time since his birth. I will be going to see my FP early Jan and would like to know what kind of BC to ask for. I wanted to try the patch but from what I have read it says not for breastfeeding mothers. I assuming they are referring to younger nurslings. My husband and I are positive that we do not want any more children, however we are not willing to have either vas. or tubals done. We find them un-natural and risky.
So, what can I do? I would like to double up on the birth control if I can.
Hubby does not like condems, male or female ones. I am not too keen on the IUD idea either so I guess I am left with pills, patch and diaphram.
Please give me all the info you have.
 

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We use fertility awareness method with condoms. We've not had an oops, and after 3 cycles, it's really obvious to me when I ovulate and we just avoid during that time.

I don't know if this would work for you, just throwing it out there.
 

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Fertility Awareness (Taking Charge of Your Fertility, www.tcoyf.com) is an excellent way to do exactly that. No matter what life stage you're in, TTC, TTA, perimenopause, nursing, etc, it's a good way to learn about your body and make decisions based on what's happening. It's not the rhythm method, and it's not NFP. Check it out!
 

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Patch and regular pills have a greater chance of mucking with your milk supply. If your child is old enough that it doesn't worry you, then I'd go for the patch.

I take a progesterone-only pill, and I've been on it since 6 wks postpartum. Like Depo-provera, the lack of estrogen makes it considered okay while breastfeeding, but unlike depo if you have probs with it you can stop it immediately because it's a daily dose rather than 3 months. I haven't had any probs w/ it, though. I also haven't had my period return, due to nursing or the pill I don't know (and don't much care, LOL!)

There is also a monthly shot option.
 

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Originally Posted by Ravin
There is also a monthly shot option.
This is Lunelle and actually isn't recommended for breastfeeding moms because it contains estrogen as well as medroxyprogesterone acetate (the same progesterone as is used in Depo-provera). While this isn't as much of a concern with an older baby, it's not considered a best first choice because it can reduce milk supply even after it's been well-established.

The Kellymom website has great info about birth control and breastfeeding:

http://kellymom.com/health/meds/birthcontrol.html
 
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