Re: Milk supply and birth control
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Hormonal contraception can definitely affect milk supply. When nursing, you should avoid combination estrogen-progestin methods (the combination pill, the vaginal ring, the contraceptive patch, etc.) since most women find that these methods have a negative impact on supply. While progestin-only pills (POP) are supposed to be "safe for breastfeeding," there is at least good anecdotal evidence that some women experience decreased supply while using them. However, if you are going to choose a hormonal method, I would consider the POP to be the best option on the market. First of all, they're the least likely to hurt your supply, and second, if they do have a negative impact, you can just stop taking them and your supply should rebound very rapidly. The hormonal IUD is, like the POP, unlikely to affect supply, but if it does you are stuck with it until you can get an appointment to have it removed.
A drawback of the POP is that they must be taken at the same time every day, and some women can't manage that sort of adherence. If you like the idea of a "set it and forget it" kind of birth control, you might want to consider the very breastfeeding-friendly non-hormonal copper IUD (ParaGard).
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