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Old July 13th 06, 09:52 PM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
KR
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What type of birth control are all you breastfeeding moms using?

My daughter is 2 months old now, my doctor mentioned the options of the
mirena IUD or micronor (a mini pill). We aren't ready to make a
permanent decision right now and I really don't want another child at
this point. What is most effective? What is easier with less
problems??

We will probably know in about 2 years if we will have another child at
which point we will look at a surgical option for one of us.

Thanks,
KR

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Old July 13th 06, 10:46 PM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
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"KR" wrote in message
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What type of birth control are all you breastfeeding moms using?

My daughter is 2 months old now, my doctor mentioned the options of the
mirena IUD or micronor (a mini pill). We aren't ready to make a
permanent decision right now and I really don't want another child at
this point. What is most effective? What is easier with less
problems??

We will probably know in about 2 years if we will have another child at
which point we will look at a surgical option for one of us.


I'm on the mini-pill and I like the fact that my periods are lighter and
less painful, and I can go off it at any time. You do have to remember to
take it at the same time each day, which I set my cellphone alarm for, and I
try to keep a strip of pills with me in my purse.


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Old July 14th 06, 12:38 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
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KR wrote:
What type of birth control are all you breastfeeding moms using?

My daughter is 2 months old now, my doctor mentioned the options of the
mirena IUD or micronor (a mini pill). We aren't ready to make a
permanent decision right now and I really don't want another child at
this point. What is most effective? What is easier with less
problems??


If the IUD works for you, it's the easiest method in the world, and one
of the most effective. I have a non-hormonal one (Copper-T) and have
been one of the lucky ones who doesn't get more difficult periods at
all, just a tiny bit of extra spotting before the period starts (which
I actually like, as it functions as an early warning system). The first
*couple* of periods were longer and heavier, but not more painful, and
then things settled right down. I had gotten my period back unusually
early, only about 2 months postpartum, and got the IUD something like 6
months postpartum, don't remember any longer.

The mini-pill isn't that great due to the window of time when you have
to take it. I am a VERY disorganized person, even without a small
and/or sleepless baby as an excuse, and would have had a hard time with
the mini-pill.

--Helen

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Old July 14th 06, 01:18 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
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KR wrote:
What type of birth control are all you breastfeeding moms using?

My daughter is 2 months old now, my doctor mentioned the options of the
mirena IUD or micronor (a mini pill). We aren't ready to make a
permanent decision right now and I really don't want another child at
this point. What is most effective? What is easier with less
problems??

We will probably know in about 2 years if we will have another child at
which point we will look at a surgical option for one of us.

Thanks,
KR


I'm taking micronor. I haven't had any problems with it thus far. I
take it when I'm giving DS his last feed of the day (always around the
same time) and I have only missed it once. As for periods, haven't had
one since DS was born! Yay! (well, unless you count all that yuckiness
that was around for the first six weeks post-partum).

I find that having a three month old child is pretty good birth control
for us, at least so far.

KD & G

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Old July 14th 06, 01:26 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
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Default birth control??

KR wrote:
What type of birth control are all you breastfeeding moms using?


We just used condoms as we planned to try for another sooner rather
than later. We had some fertility issues the first time around so I
didn't want to use anything hormonal and couldn't be bothered getting
an IUD.

If I was going on birth control, I would choose an IUD. It is safe,
easy and effective.

Good luck with your decision,
Elle

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Old July 14th 06, 07:20 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
Jess
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"KR" wrote in message
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What is most effective? What is easier with less
problems??


Mirena. Ten minutes for the insertion, ibuprofen for a couple of days and
you get the strings trimmed if you need to. Easy.

Jess


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Old July 14th 06, 07:43 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
CY
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I concur.

I used Micronor for about 9 months and I really hated it. I was spotting
ALL the time and I just could not remember to take it when I was supposed
to. Then I switched to a diaphragm, which was fine when I only had one
child but with two kids, the window of "opportunity" seems smaller and we
just couldn't get it together fast enough!!!

So then we switched to the Mirena. I was kinda worried about the insertion
aspect of the IUD, but once I heard everyone here talking about how they
liked it, I decided to do it. It was majorly painful for me to have it
inserted, but I apparently have a very long cervix, so I assumed that was
what caused it. If I do it again I will take pain medication before instead
of after the insertion. I cramped for about 2 days after, but all of that
was a small price to pay for the incredible convenience factor. I am 13
months pp and haven't had a period, only a couple of days of spotting once.
It's great!

Good luck!

CY
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"KR" wrote in message
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What is most effective? What is easier with less
problems??


Mirena. Ten minutes for the insertion, ibuprofen for a couple of days and
you get the strings trimmed if you need to. Easy.

Jess



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Old July 14th 06, 11:53 PM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
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Default birth control??

Before baby, we used the rhythm method... which worked for 8 years - I
knew I was likely going to get pregnant that fateful night since we
didn't follow the 'rules'. Now, we use condoms. But, since I still
don't have a period (she's 7 months), I find myself nervous at times
since I don't have the telling sign of a period!

Sometimes I think I 'feel' a baby's movements and wonder if I'm
pregnant... I'm too cheap to buy a test... Any other ways of
learning of pregnancy... you know, while we're on the subject.

As for hormone pills, I am NOT a good candidate for such as that. I
did use hormones as a bc many, many years ago and I had a huge adverse
reaction. I wouldn't want to do that again - condoms are the best
choice for us.

Misti

KR wrote:
What type of birth control are all you breastfeeding moms using?

My daughter is 2 months old now, my doctor mentioned the options of the
mirena IUD or micronor (a mini pill). We aren't ready to make a
permanent decision right now and I really don't want another child at
this point. What is most effective? What is easier with less
problems??

We will probably know in about 2 years if we will have another child at
which point we will look at a surgical option for one of us.

Thanks,
KR


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Old July 16th 06, 01:47 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
Catherine Woodgold
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Default birth control??

"Brookben" ) writes:
Sometimes I think I 'feel' a baby's movements and wonder if I'm
pregnant... I'm too cheap to buy a test... Any other ways of
learning of pregnancy... you know, while we're on the subject.


You might be able to tell by taking your temperature
when you wake every morning, though that works better if
you started before getting pregnant. Pregnant temperatures
are higher and steadier, like the second half of the menstrual
cycle but more so. If not pregnant, there would be more
variation and the average would be lower.

Symptoms of pregnancy may include: morning sickness, tender nipples,
breastfeeding can become less comfortable or even painful,
having less milk.
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Old July 15th 06, 02:06 AM posted to misc.kids.breastfeeding
Andrea Phillips
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KR wrote:
What type of birth control are all you breastfeeding moms using?


I know I'm a little late to the show, but....

I used micronor when I was nursing, before my period came back, and I
was always ridiculously nervous about it because I'm terrible about
taking pills on time. This is not conducive to, how do you say, the
right mood...

I switched to Mirena after my period returned, and I had a
more-complicated experience with it than most... I had a solid six
weeks of spotting when it was first put in, though no periods to speak
of after that. And then after about a year, my strings disappeared...
it was still in place and still effective, but I eventually had to have
some sort of hysteroscopy to remove it again when we wanted another
baby.

And you know, even with all that, I *totally* plan to do it again?
Despite the annoyance of spotting, and the fact that I had to have a
hospital procedure to get the thing removed, the truth is that I just
never had to think about it again. The years of no periods didn't hurt
any, either. It was just so wonderfully convenient all around.

YMMV.

 




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