I've just been diagnosed with PMDD.
I'm now in a very hard situation, as i need to either take the 'Yaz' pill which is specifically made/used for people who suffer PMDD or anti-depressant's.
Problem with Yaz is it's a combination pill which isn't recommended for use in breastfeeding mother's.
I showed some info i printed out from the kellymom website to my Dr. (whom also checked with another of her fellow Dr.s) that states.... below
But they both said that i can't breastfeed and take this pill.
It's recommended that any estrogen-containing contraceptive be avoided until baby is at least six months old AND after baby is well-established on solid foods.
Milk supply: Estrogen-containing contraceptives have been linked to low milk supply and a shorter duration of breastfeeding even when started when baby is older, after milk supply is well established. Not all mothers who take contraceptives containing estrogen will experience a low milk supply, but these unaffected mothers appear to be a very small minority.
Safety: Both progestin (progesterone) and estrogen are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for use in breastfeeding mothers. See below for additional information on side effects related to lactation.
Milk supply: As noted above, hormonal birth control pills (particularly those containing estrogen) have the potential to decrease milk supply, sometimes dramatically.
Effects on baby: There have been no adverse reports of side effects to the baby. Both progestin and estrogen are approved by the AAP for use by nursing moms. Children whose mothers used hormonal birth control while nursing have been followed as late as 17 years of age. The exception to this is the very young baby - less than 6 weeks old. There may be some concern about the baby's immature liver being able to metabolize the hormones passed through the milk well enough.
Any hormonal birth control may cause fussiness in the baby (not reported in the literature but often anecdotally by mothers). This may be due to the hormones causing a minimal decrease in the protein/nitrogen/lactose content of the milk. Some mothers have reported marked improvement in their baby's degree of fussiness once they come off hormonal birth contro
I don't know what i'm hoping to achieve really from this post, maybe someone who has been through the same thing and continued breastfeeding? And had no problems with it affecting their bub?
Maybe getting a 3rd opinion?
DS is 14 months now btw, and i didn't think our breastfeeding relationship would come to an end like this.
I can't even look at him atm without nearly bursting into tears at the thought of not feeding him.
I know this wil probably seem petty to all those women who weren't able to breastfeed for whatever reason, but i can't help the way i feel.