(Closed) BC while breastfeeding

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I had the Mirena and had a great experience with it!  I had it placed at my 6 week post-partum check-up, and it hardly hurt at all.  It felt like a cervical check, to be honest.  That day, I had some mild cramping and light bleeding for a couple hours, and that was it.  It never hurt, and I never had negative side effects.  In fact, the best part for me, was that within a couple of months, my period (and really awful period cramps) completely disappeared.  Score!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I haven’t had children but I was on the mirena. It took my body almost 8 months to adjust and it was horrible. I hear other women have no problem with mirena. I don’t know if this is a stupid question but I thought while breastfeeding women can’t get pregnant? But like I said I’m no expert.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I was on the mini pill while Boyfriend or Best Friend, and didn’t see any change in my supply. My DR said the mini pill is good to judge how you will generally tolerate the Mirena because it is the same hormone and close to the same dose. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Why not just the Paraguard IUD?  I got mine after my second baby and I love it.  And you don’t have to deal with any hormones or take pills.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@LadyX: Breastfeeding as a form of contraception, from how I understand it, is nearly impossible to to practice correctly in a culture like ours. I haven’t heard it recommended as a reliable source of contraception.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had the copper IUD (paragaurd) and it made my periods unbearable over the course of 2.5 years. The nurse that was there when it was removed, confirmed this is very common. Atleast the Mirena shortens your periods so it won’t be so bad:(

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I might be in the minority here, but right after the 6 week mark I went on the minipill and shortly after I noticed a decrease in my milk supply (there was an initial spike the first few days), as well as an increased fussiness in my son. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t have kids, but I have had my Mirena IUD for nearly 3 years and I LOVE it. Because it is in your uterus, the dose of hormones is really low, the hormones don’t need to travel through your digestive system to reach their target, they are already there! I also have had only 3 very light periods in 3 years. Plus Mirena is about 99.9% effective, where the mini pill is about 97% and only if you are very strict about taking them at the exact same time each day, and don’t have any tummy upsets. I’d choose Mirena, but hopefully you get lots of replies to help you made the best choice for you and your supply!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@LadyX: Nope not a stupid question!  It’s true that breastfeeding suppresses ovulation, especially if you breastfeed full-time, it’s not fool proof at all.  That’s how one of my friends got pregnant with her second child 6 weeks after giving birth to her first!

OP, I have heard nothing but good things about both kinds of IUD’s from my friends who have them, including said friend who now has one after having her second baby! 🙂

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had 2 paragards and I really liked it.  I have a tough time dealing with hormone bc and this has none so it was a good fit for me.  I did get heavier periods like the other posters said but for me it was worth it.

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