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Best contraceptive pill to take whilst bf?

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mamasunshine Sun 07-Aug-11 11:28:21

Thinking of taking oral contraception for a few months. DD is now 6mo so will still hopefully be bf for another year or so. I don't want to take anything that will interfere with bf, is there anything I can use safely? Thanks smile

moaningminniewhingesagain Sun 07-Aug-11 12:03:45

Mini pill is generally considered ok - like cerazette. Combined pill likely to affect your milk much more, as in reducing supply.

I was on combined pill pre babies - I have tried mini pill in the past and don't get on with it so I went for a Mirena as that is ok with BF.

If you are planning another one soonish then a pill or condoms may be the most suitable.

MigGril Sun 07-Aug-11 14:52:01

In between babies I took the mini pill cerazette, which worked well and they only negative side effect I had was light iregular bleeding. No effect on my milk.

This time as we aren't planning any more I've had a Mirena coil fitted, again some light bleeding and a bit of mood swings which seem to be seataling down now. No noticed effect on my milk and I had it fitted at about 4months.

pjd Sun 07-Aug-11 15:11:20

I also took Cerazette, didn't experience any side effects. I breastfed DS for 13 months, and didn't get my periods back until 2 months after I stopped. Switched back to my usual pill after that. No problems at all with Cerazette though.

mamasunshine Sun 07-Aug-11 16:42:26

Thanks for the replies. I will try the cerazette and see how we get on smile

startail Sun 07-Aug-11 17:00:09

I've taken Femulen mini pills (etyodiol diacetate) for the last 10 years - perpetually BF DD2.
Lovely light periods, slight cervical erosion, used to be a problem for cervical smears, but they have changed them.
I'm 43 and have no intention of changing since it doesn't have the clotting risk of the combined pill.
You simply have to remember to take it at the same time everyday.

MigGril Mon 08-Aug-11 08:24:40

Startail - the best thing about cerazette though is that's it's a mini pill that has a 12hour taking window like the combined pill so it doen't matter as much about haveing to take it at the exact same time everyday. I think I would have ended up preagnat sooner if I'd been on a standard mini pill, as I'm quit useless at remebering things.

Debs75 Mon 08-Aug-11 08:26:54

I took cerazette after dc3 and I got pregnant with dc4.
How about the implant?

mamasunshine Mon 08-Aug-11 09:43:00

Dh is having a vasectomy today, but I know it takes 14weeks min. to get the 'all clear'. I also have a latex allergy! So maybe cerazette with a latex free condom for a temporary mesure!

startail Mon 08-Aug-11 11:13:35

That sounds brilliant, being able to remember in the morning would be useful.

WiiUnfit Mon 08-Aug-11 18:52:51

I got pregnant on Cerazette - be warned!!

Woodlands Tue 09-Aug-11 21:57:41

I've been on Cerazette for a year now (since my 6 week check) and have had no problems, still happily BFing and no bleeding since the first couple of weeks on it. I just wondered whether any other BFers on Cerazette can advise about periods? I'm kind of assuming that I'm not getting periods because of the Cerazette rather than the BFing, but not totally sure.

mamasunshine Wed 10-Aug-11 13:01:04

Booking appointment now smile Vasectomy went very well, dh very impressed with how simple/painless etc it's all been, 6modd and myself sat in and watced the whole thing shock grin

Will still try the cerazette. So do your periods stop with this contaception then?

JoyceBarnaby Wed 10-Aug-11 13:42:53

Woodlands - I BF for just over a year and was on Cerazette for a few months longer than that. I didn't have a period at all during that time - I guess that the Cerazette was the main reason for that as I was on that a bit longer than I was BFing, IYSWIM. My periods returns soon after stopping the pill, although I can't exactly remember how long. HTH

JoyceBarnaby Wed 10-Aug-11 13:44:23

Mama - assume my above post helps to answer your last question, too!

mamasunshine Wed 10-Aug-11 14:04:40

Oh I'm hopeful now joyce! Only 2 periods in last 4 years due to bf and pg...need to roll it out as long as poss!! grin

JoyceBarnaby Wed 10-Aug-11 17:31:35

Ha ha!! Good luck with that, then!! grin

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