+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    99
    Thanks
    51
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    1

    Default Taking combined contraceptive pill while breastfeeding

    Hi,

    I have a nine month old who I am still feeding and intend on feeding for the next year or so. I started taking the mini pill when he was 6 weeks but after a couple of months of issues with it I stopped taking it. Anyway, was at the doctor's last week and was speaking to her about contraception and she suggested I start taking the combined pill Estelle.

    The problem is that with my first 2 breastfed babies I was told I couldn't take the combined pill as it dries up your milk supplies. I mentioned this to the doctor and she said there was no problem in taking the combined pill once breastfeeding is well established - in fact she said anytime after about 8 weeks. So when I went to the pharmacy to have to get it I asked the pharmacist, who then proceeds to tell me that I should not be taking the combined pill while breastfeeding as not only does it dry up your milk but it also passes hormones through to baby.

    I rang the doctor and explained what the pharmacist said, and to her credit she said she'd look into it further and call me back, which she did. She said that it will not dry up my milk and the amount of oestrogen tha would pass through to baby is no more than he will get once my period returns.

    So my dilemma is, should I take the pill and run the risk of it drying up my milk, or not take the pill and use other contraception - has anyone else successfully used a combined pill while breastfeeding with no adverse affect?

    I should add that this particular pill was perscribed as I have bad skin, and also a Mirena was suggested but I really don't like the idea of that either.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    2,764
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked
    465
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts

    Default Taking combined contraceptive pill while breastfeeding

    I used to be on Diane for my skin prior to having my babies. My OB advised that it affect my milk supply, but the main reason not to take it is because I am feeding a boy this time around. If I was feeding a girl, it wouldn't be as much of an issue, but the hormones in my particular pill are not good for little guys. Perhaps there are similar hormones in your pill?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    99
    Thanks
    51
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    1
    Thanks for the reply - great advice

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    99
    Thanks
    51
    Thanked
    31
    Reviews
    1
    Thanks cindye, Estelle is very similar to Diane, and its good to get a reply from someone who has been advised not to do this from their OB. I think I'll put off going back on the pill unitl I am finished feeding.


 

Similar Threads

  1. Ovarian reserve and the contraceptive pill
    By Albert01 in forum Conception & Fertility General Chat
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 27-11-2012, 20:54
  2. Do any smokers here take the contraceptive pill?
    By Pinkzy in forum General Chat
    Replies: 32
    Last Post: 12-02-2012, 02:20

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
christmas gift guidesee all Red Stocking
Pyjamas.com.au
With so many gorgeous brands and styles for every season, our pyjamas, nighties, robes, sleepsuits and sleeping bags are lovely for lights out and perfect for lazy days. Get 10% off first order using code bubhub. Be quick offer ends 31/12/16.
sales & new stuffsee all
The Health Hub
Give a new mum a fitness boost for Christmas & New Year. Studio-based, small group training sessions - cardio, strength, core, Pilates & boxing. Choice of 16 hrs per week, flexible-arrival feature - bubs & kids welcome! Gift vouchers available.
featured supporter
Softmats
Softmats specialises in safe, non-toxic, and durable play mats. The international Premium Dwinguler™ Play Mats and Premium Bubba Mat™ range of floor spaces are the best quality in the world.
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!