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I need advice on how birth control might affect milk supply. I will be nursing for 2 years March 6th...so I'm established with the supply. He nurses when I get home and through the night, but not during the day. I don't pump any more because the day I went back to teaching from summer break he started refusing bm from the bottle (and he was ok with that). I'm not looking to stop nursing or start weaning yet. I don't want to start something that might effect the milk supply that I <i>do</i> have...but I know little to nothing about this topic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I went on the Nuvaring last summer. My 3 year old nurses a couple times a week, my two year old nurses several times a day. I have not noticed a significant change in my supply, however I don't leak anymore. (I know, its crazy that I still leaked after having been nursing for over 3 years!)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you're looking for oral contraceptives, the progesterone-only "mini-pills" generally do not affect supply.</div>
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This may be true for others but I had no idea the progesterone-only pill would affect supply, but it cut mine in about half, and I ended up supplementing with formula. I just was on the pill for about two months, and I just couldn't seem to get my supply back to what it was supposed to be for a 4 month old. When I learned it was the pill the milk came back but not enough. I quit nursing DS1 at six months because he preferred the bottle/formula. It was a real bummer.<br><br>
So just be careful, if you start the mini pill, just be aware that it *could* affect supply and go off it if you start to lose milk.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This may be true for others but I had no idea the progesterone-only pill would affect supply, but it cut mine in about half, and I ended up supplementing with formula. I just was on the pill for about two months, and I just couldn't seem to get my supply back to what it was supposed to be for a 4 month old. When I learned it was the pill the milk came back but not enough. I quit nursing DS1 at six months because he preferred the bottle/formula. It was a real bummer.<br><br>
So just be careful, if you start the mini pill, just be aware that it *could* affect supply and go off it if you start to lose milk.</div>
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There was a recent Health Canada warning about this. There have been several cases (enough for a warning, anyway) reported of the mini pill decreasing supply. Sometimes it comes back when the pill is stopped, other times no. It is good to note as well that the hormonal IUD (mirena or merina?) has the same sort of hormones as the mini pill, so may (theoretically) affect supply in the same way.
 

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Once your baby is sleeping through the night or having anything besides just your milk, you're at risk of getting pregnant again and should use some type of contraception if you don't want to get pregnant. I would definitely not recommend using a "combined" hormonal contraceptive while you're bf'ing. In fact, it is medically contraindicated. Your options while breastfeeding:<br><br>
Hormonal (all progesterone-only):<br>
depo shot<br>
implanon<br>
Mirena IUD** very effective<br>
Mini-pill<br><br>
Non-hormonal:<br>
condoms<br>
diaphragm<br>
leah's shield<br>
copper IUD<br>
natural family planning<br><br>
I really like the Planned Parenthood site for general information on any type of birth control, include failure rates. Good luck!
 

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ummmm...it sounds like i'll continue the non-hormonal route. from what i've read other places as well as these posts it sounds like it's a good chance i could lose/decrease milk, which is something i def. don't want to do.<br>
i had been on bc in the past to help with endometriosis...but i wasn't bf'ing then....thanks for the advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Even though you've made a decision, I'm going to add, as it may help someone else. Especially since my experience with the mini-pill is the opposite of previous posters.<br><br>
Once beginning a progesterone-only oral contraceptive, my over-supply issues were intensified. My OB forewarned me of this possibility.
 

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Personally I am an evangelist for the copper-T IUD. I had every side effect in the book (short of stroke) from every hormonal bc out there. Never had any problems with the IUD -- although some women have harder periods.
 
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