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natureamor
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I'm currently pregnant right now but, one thing my boyfriend and I have decided on is that we DON'T want another baby for a while while I'm still going to school and he's working full time. I got pregnant on condoms actually protecting myself and unfortunately, it didn't work out as planned. Going farther in my education is what I want the most right now for me and the baby.. so I was wondering if the mini pill is a good option while I'm breast feeding afterwards? P.S. I know many birth controls have side effects but, is it bad enough not to consume at all.
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KittenGoddess
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Many OBs will suggest the mini-pill for breastfeeding moms because it is the least likely to impact your milk supply. So yes, it can be a good option. You'll want to talk with your care provider about your specific health conditions and what might be the best option for you.

That said, some women do find that any hormonal option decreases their milk supply. Because both processes are heavily influenced by your hormones, it can be hard to predict exactly what is going to happen. Also, there are other "home remedies" that can help increase milk production for some women if this does happen.

The short answer is that the only thing you can do is try. There's no guarantee it will or will not have an impact on your breastfeeding relationship. You do want to be aware that with the mini pill, you need to be really good about taking it exactly correctly. There is less room for error than with combination pills. Many care providers will advise you that you should either call or come back for an appointment if you stop breastfeeding and be switched to a combination pill.

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natureamor
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Thank you, I've been doing my research lately before my EDD is here and I've seen a good non hormonal method would be the Paragard IUD. Is there any information you can give me on that? or any links?
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eryn_smiles
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Hi natureamor,
This is a good link to start with:
http://www.scarleteen.com/birth_control_bingo_intrauterine_devices_iud

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