Post # 1
Did birth control decrease your milk supply? If so, how did you deal with it?
Breastfeeding had been successful for us. DD is 7 weeks and EBF. I was pumping and storing at least 8 oz a day and feeding her regularly. I started a progesterone only pill last Wednesday and got a heavy period two days ago. During my pumping session yesterday I was only able to get 2 oz from each side.
So disappointed. Anything I can do to increase? I am still taking my prenatals and am looking to add fenugreek. I may also stop BC for the time being and switch to condoms.
Post # 2
Bumping this for ya… I didn’t go back on any hormonal birth control while pumping, so I can’t say. I do hear many people have a temporary dip during AF but then it bounces back. Try the usual tricks: hydrate, make sure you get enough calories, enough rest, etc.
Post # 3
I have heard of both mirena and the mini-pill (progesterone) decreasing milk supply. There are claims that it should have no effect, but lactation consultants say otherwise.
I’m sorry that you’re struggling!
Post # 4
I think the mini pill did for me, but I can’t say for sure because I started taking it around the same time my supply was supposed to regulate, so it could have been a little of both. Made it 4 months ebf before I had to start supplementing and 5 months before I switched to exclusively formula
Post # 5
crysxo: my doc prescribed the mini pill but I’ve decided not to take it yet, so I’m interested to hear others experiences.
Post # 6
I didn’t go on hormonal pills until I was done breastfeeding….
Post # 7
MrsWBS: I’ve decided to stop taking it, hopefully I can reverse the effects with supplements and remedies.
Post # 8
With my second I was on the mini pill starting around 8 weeks and it definately decreased my supply. I tried to keep uo with extra puping and fenugreek, but we only made it to 9-10 months.
With my third I did not start bc until she was a year and we are still breastfeeding at 16 months without supplementing at all (Yes, I know 16 months is a little long, she has allergies and I can’t wait to stop).
I won’t say the bc was the only factor. My third was just a better nurser from the get go than my second, and I knew what I was doing way better that time around. But I definately believe it had an impact. Good luck!
Post # 9
crysxo: I blame the mini pill for affecting my supply, so I stopped taking it. About a week later, my supply skyrocketed again to its previous levels. <br /><br />Also make sure you’re eating enough. I also blame the pill for noticeable weight gain, and so I’d started to try to diet (which, as you probably know, is tough during breastfeeding, because you’re always so hungry!). The combination of dieting (nothing crazy, just trying to eat a little less) and the pill brought my supply to its knees. So around the same time, I went off the pill AND resumed my normal eating patterns, and my milk came back. And the pounds started coming off again, too!
The mini pill and I are not friends!!
Post # 10
glimmeringone: thank you! You’ve given me hope. I was afraid even if I came off the pill that my supply would be low.
I’m coming off it today.
Post # 11
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I’ll go against the grain, here. I started the mini pill at six weeks and got a mirena at fourteen weeks pp. I’ve continued to have a decent over supply and am able to pump two extra bottles, while I nurse all but one feeding a day. Actually, I’ve had to train my boobs to make less milk, so I can sleep through the night, like my daughter. DD is 21 weeks, and we love our nursing time.
I know you’ve made a decision, but I just wanted to add a positive experience.