Post # 1
So I really DON’T want to get pregnant again for 2-3 years after my baby is born, before getting pregnant I was on the pill and I liked that method just fine. Since I plan to exclusively breastfeed, I can’t be on the pill, nuvaring, etc.
The only birth control method I know of that I can use is condoms, not even NFP because who knows when/if my cycle will come back (and we all know you can ovulate if you don’t have a period)..
SO just curious to see what other moms did for birth control? I can’t believe it’s already time for me to start thinking about that!
Post # 3
i’m in the same boat. i’m trying to figure out the best method for us since we don’t want to have another baby for a year or two (or three or four…lol). we have been using condoms so far, but they’re seriously inconvenient and no fun (to us, anyway).
my friend got an IUD 6 weeks postpartum. i’ve heard that the insertion is extremely painful, but she said it wasn’t that bad for her. IUDs seem to be really common and preferred by women who just had a baby and want to wait one or more years for another one.
also, you actually can be on the pill, you just have to be on a progestin-only pill (aka mini pill). not sure of the exact brands, but you should ask your OB or midwife about it. you can also do depo-provera or norplant since theyre both pretty long term. personally i dont feel entirely comfortable with hormonal methods since i’m EBFing too, but it’s technically safe.
Post # 4
I’m planning on doing an IUD, personally.
Post # 5
i gave birth 2 months ago, and decided on implanon, i have my doctors appoinment next wednesday!! hopefully it will be the bestt option for me.
i tried this websites, that help you to make a decision on wich bc method is the rigth one for you
Post # 6
I hear that you can use progesterone only methods since very little is passed through the milk and it doesn’t have any estrogen: Implanon, depo provera , etc etc
Post # 7
@Eva Peron: im not breastfeeding anymore, but heard lots of positive reviews about implanon , so hopefully it will be the best choice, i thing either DUI(mirena) or implanon might be good when you are not planning of having more babies for 3 to 5 years!!
Post # 8
There’s always abstinence! 100% guaranteed! LOL
Post # 9
My Fiance and I did everything backwards and had children first. They were both BC babies, one was the pill, the other was the shot. Since baby #2, I’ve had the Mirena IUD and have not gotten pregnant (over 3 years). I breastfed while having the Mirena.
I agree with Harmonyeee though, it did hurt during insertion (and it was after my second baby in under 2 years, both were natural without drugs – which made me think like it wouldn’t hurt at all LOL), but it’s mainly because they have to dialate you in order to insert it. IMO, if you get it, have someone there to drive you home and plan to have someone else take care of the baby for the rest of the day, just in case. I slept for the rest of the day/night after having mine inserted, as it was very painful for me, but I know others who went to work afterwards without any issues.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
Post # 10
@harmonyeee: I have been researching it, I thought the mini-pill seemed like a good option since I was on BCP before and didn’t mind it, but I’ve read in a lot of places that it diminishes milk supply, and it can be really hard to continue breastfeeding, or you have to take things (like fenugreek) to help milk production. So basically anything with progestin (any hormone) could cause that.
@zippylef:which type of IUD are you going to use? Does your ins cover the whole thing?
@julies1949: I would be TOTALLY on board with that, lol but that doesn’t seem very fair to my husband :)even though I know he would respect me no matter what, I don’t think that’s very respectful to HIS needs 🙂
Post # 11
@miss-spunkin: I’m going to get a Mirena. It’s progesterone-based with no estrogen hormones, so it’s safe to have it and breastfeed. I can’t trust myself to take pills and it’s going to be at least 3 years, if not more, before we talk about another baby, so it’s the right choice for me. I was actually going to get one before I got pregnant. I had an appointment to get it inserted 2 weeks after I got my BFP. My insurance covers all BC methods 100% so I don’t have to pay anything for it.
Post # 12
I do not want to have anymore children after this baby, ever. So I will likely have the factory permanently shut. At the very least, I’ll use Mirena but I don’t even want to chance that it might not work.
Post # 13
I’m in the same dilemma… I want to EBF and I loooved the pill and know I can’t take it.
Progesterone-based has never worked for me or else I’d consider Mirena. I had the Depo shot and had my period (well, technically “breakthrough bleeding” but it was really just like my regular period) for six months straight! I’m scared of anything progesterone & long term because of that.
Post # 14
I got Implanon inserted last week, and my OB said it was safe for breastfeeding. It works for 3 years, but you can get it taken out whenever you want. So far so good, but my arm was sore for a few days. I go back to work tomorrow after 12 week maternity leave ( 🙁 ! ) so I wanted to get it taken care of before then.
Post # 15
I am temporarily going on depo while the essure is in place and up till the 3 month checkup. But we are done having children so tubal ligation it is for me. Darling Husband will also be getting a vasectomy.
Post # 16
I had the Mirena for about 9-10 months, in between babies, and I really liked it. For me, I had it inserted at my 6 weeks post-partum appointment, and my cervix was still very soft, so it hardly hurt at all. Removal also did not hurt for me, and we got pregnant again right away.
We thought we were going to wait a few years in between babies, but it turned out that having them close together was a better option for us. Since we’ll probably start trying for #3 when #2 gets to be a year old, this time we’re just going to use NFP in between babies. I won’t be breastfeeding, and I got my period back with Addie before my 6 week post-partum check, so I think it will work fine for us.