(Closed) Birth Control While Breastfeeding

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Never been pregnant but lots of my mommy-friends got that mirena implant b/c they didn’t have to worry about BC for 5 years.  Everyone that I know that has them loved them.

And I might add, I’m so glad you mentioned you didn’t want a surprise baby while BFing.  A friend of mine (BFing her daughter for over 1.5 years) actually thought she couldn’t get pregnant while BFing.  Her hubby mentioned it to mine and DH (have not idea how he knows this) said “you know, she can still get pregnant.”  Seriously, a month later she was pregnant…and they still tell everyone they have NO idea how it happened!!! 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have several friends who have used IUD’s and love the freedom of it.  Myself, I was gave birth overseas (10 years ago) and they told me I could not use any BC after having my daughter while nursing her… I have 2 children 13 months apart.  It was not easy when they were little.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

you can take a mirena out whenever you want. You don’t have to wait for 5 years. I would talk to your doctor. She/He can guide you in the right direction. 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I had an IUd in for a year after our soN was born, then had it removed

You can also do a low dose progesterone only pill but you have to be very good at taking it at the exact same time every day

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@roxy821:  Yes they can stay in for up to 5 years and then you have to get them replaced but all the women I’ve known with them got them out 1-2 years later for family planning purposes.

Post # 10
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842 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What about VCF?  We were going to use this instead of condoms after I got off BC because I hate condoms, but then we just decided to dive right into TTC.  It doesn’t have as high an effectiveness rating as BC, but it might be good enough considering you’re breastfeeding also, and likely wouldn’t menstruate for a while.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just wanted to echo the sentiments above that you can have an IUD for a shorter time period if you decide to do so.  Mirena has a low dose of hormones, and can be used up to 5 years, and paragard is hormone free and can be used for up to 10 years.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There is a specific type of BC pill you can be on while breast feeding, I don’t remember the name of if but my friend was on it while she was nursing her first child!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@roxy821:  The only thing to mention on the IUD is that it is expensive.  If your insurance doesn’t cover it, it might not be worth the out of pocket expense for a shorter period of time (ie it pays off if you use it for 5 years but not for 1).  My insurance covered it so it wasn’t an issue for us.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@roxy821:  Just out of curiosity, why do you think condoms aggravate the condition?  If it’s a latex allergy, have you tried polyurethane?

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Sunchick19:  I agree on this.  Even with insurance, I need to keep my Mirena for over 8 months in order to make it more cost effective than Nuvaring.

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