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Old April 11th 07, 03:58 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
Bryna
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Today AF returned, almost 16 months after the birth of dd2. I would
like to go on the pill, but not the mini-pill because of the spotting
issues associated with that. Has anyone had experience with taking a
combination pill while bf a toddler? Will it dry up my milk at this
stage in the game? DD2 loves to nurse but has a varied diet as well,
and is night-weaned. I'd appreciate any advice!

Bryna

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Old April 11th 07, 05:53 PM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
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On Apr 10, 9:58 pm, "Bryna" wrote:
Has anyone had experience with taking a
combination pill while bf a toddler? Will it dry up my milk at this
stage in the game?


I don't have experience BFing a toddler while on a combination pill,
but I can tell you a combo pill all but eliminated my supply when
BFing a newborn.

I was on a very low-dose combination pill. I can't recall the name,
but it started with an "M," and it was not a triphasic pill. Anyway,
it affected my milk supply so drastically with DD that she went from
being 95th percentile for weight all the way down to 35th. I couldn't
pump a drop, and she always seemed hungry. On the positive side, once
I quit the pill, my supply did come back (with the help of supplements
and oatmeal) and she was back up to 95th within a couple of months.

I know there's a difference between my situation with a newborn and
yours with a toddler, but I would be very wary of introducing the
extra hormones unless and until I was prepared to wean. On the other
hand, if you tried it and it did diminish your supply, the "damage"
would probably not be irreversible.

-Carlye
DS 6-2-06
DD 9-29-04

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Old April 12th 07, 05:19 PM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
Sarah Vaughan
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Bryna wrote:
Today AF returned, almost 16 months after the birth of dd2. I would
like to go on the pill, but not the mini-pill because of the spotting
issues associated with that. Has anyone had experience with taking a
combination pill while bf a toddler? Will it dry up my milk at this
stage in the game?


Very unpredictable. Your supply is extremely well established, and
there's a fair chance you'd keep it. However, there are no guarantees.
I don't know offhand what the odds would be. If you're not too
bothered either way, go for it. If weaning now would be something you
really wouldn't want to do, then it's probably best not to risk it
(although, as somebody else pointed out, it's fair to say you could
probably get your supply back fairly easily just by stopping the pill
and letting your toddler nurse like crazy).


All the best,

Sarah
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Old April 13th 07, 03:38 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
Bryna
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On Apr 12, 12:19�pm, Sarah Vaughan
wrote:
Bryna wrote:
Today AF returned, almost 16 months after the birth of dd2. *I would
like to go on the pill, but not the mini-pill because of the spotting
issues associated with that. *Has anyone had experience with taking a
combination pill while bf a toddler? *Will it dry up my milk at this
stage in the game?


Very unpredictable. *Your supply is extremely well established, and
there's a fair chance you'd keep it. *However, there are no guarantees.
* I don't know offhand what the odds would be. *If you're not too
bothered either way, go for it. *If weaning now would be something you
really wouldn't want to do, then it's probably best not to risk it
(although, as somebody else pointed out, it's fair to say you could
probably get your supply back fairly easily just by stopping the pill
and letting your toddler nurse like crazy).

All the best,

Sarah
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"That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be" - P. C. Hodgell


Thanks -- after thinking on it more, I'm not going to risk it now.
I'm only planning to nurse her until she's two, so it's just a few
months of alternate birth control anyway. I appreciate the advice!

Bryna

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Old April 18th 07, 04:27 PM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
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Default Bf toddler and birth control

On Apr 13, 7:38 am, "Bryna" wrote:
On Apr 12, 12:19?pm, Sarah Vaughan
wrote:





Bryna wrote:
Today AF returned, almost 16 months after the birth of dd2. ?I would
like to go on the pill, but not the mini-pill because of the spotting
issues associated with that. ?Has anyone had experience with taking a
combination pill while bf a toddler? ?Will it dry up my milk at this
stage in the game?


Very unpredictable. ?Your supply is extremely well established, and
there's a fair chance you'd keep it. ?However, there are no guarantees.
? I don't know offhand what the odds would be. ?If you're not too
bothered either way, go for it. ?If weaning now would be something you
really wouldn't want to do, then it's probably best not to risk it
(although, as somebody else pointed out, it's fair to say you could
probably get your supply back fairly easily just by stopping the pill
and letting your toddler nurse like crazy).


All the best,


Sarah
--http://www.goodenoughmummy.typepad.com


"That which can be destroyed by the truth, should be" - P. C. Hodgell


Thanks -- after thinking on it more, I'm not going to risk it now.
I'm only planning to nurse her until she's two, so it's just a few
months of alternate birth control anyway. I appreciate the advice!

Bryna- Hide quoted text -

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