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    My 20-month-old daughter has been gradually decreasing the nursing sessions. We're down to just nursing at night (bedtime and a couple of times before morning) and at naptime unless I'm working. It has been going well, and I am still enjoying it most of the time.
    I had been using a progestin-only pill, but since my periods started again a few months ago they have been very unpredictable, and the last one lasted for two weeks. So, I decided to change to a combination pill, thinking that it would be ok if my supply decreases, since we are gradually weaning anyway. I started the new pill yesterday morning, and last night I had noticeably less milk. I felt really bad when my daughter nursed, then asked "more, Mommy, switch sides, more!" I was able to distract her, but now I am questioning whether this is too dramatic a move, whether I should switch back before it is too late, or whether to give her a few days to adjust. Any advice?

    Amy

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    That's a tough one. It sounds like it may dry up your milk too fast. I would go back to the mini pill. Good luck with your decision.
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    I'm not sure whether the combo pill would regulate your periods better than the mini-pill. Did you talk to your health care provider about it?
    It's common for periods to be wacky for a few months after they come back. Mine were farther apart and lighter. I was not on the pill, though.
    If I were you I would consider going back to the mini pill, although I also understand that it's not as reliable for preventing pregnancy. Not totally sure on that one, would want to ask your health care provider.

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    Default Re: have I made a mistake?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mollyb View Post

    I'm not sure whether the combo pill would regulate your periods better than the mini-pill. Did you talk to your health care provider about it?
    It's common for periods to be wacky for a few months after they come back. Mine were farther apart and lighter. I was not on the pill, though.
    If I were you I would consider going back to the mini pill, although I also understand that it's not as reliable for preventing pregnancy. Not totally sure on that one, would want to ask your health care provider.
    I agree and I'd really have to say I doubt it would have such a drastic effect so fast... do call your PCP to discuss it in more length.
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