I have been taking the mini-pill since 1 week after giving birth to my second (that soon because I got pregnant 4 months after my first -- even while exclusively breastfeeding!), and it seems to work well; I'm not pregnant yet.
What I dislike about this pill is the acute sensitivity to the time I take it. If I take it just 2 hours later than when I would normally, I inevitably get an unusually heavy period lasting 5 days within a day or two. Then I'm concerned that I've compromised the effectiveness of the pill and wonder why I'm taking it at all! With a 20-month-old and a 7-month-old, time often escapes me and I simply don't get to take it at the exact same time everyday.
So my question is: when can I start safely taking a different type of BCP, such as Seasonale or Lybrel or Yaz, etc.? Baby #1 is no longer breastfeeding (by his own choice), and Baby #2 is still nursing about half as much as she originally did. She eats 2-4 oz. of homemade fruit and veggie foods 2 or 3 times/day, and is very healthy indeed. I've taken Seasonale and other BCPs previously and did not have any issues with them, and now I am keen to continue with them. Also, I am asking you all because I hear differing responses for this question from my pediatrician, OB office, and PCP.
Thanks for any experiences, studies, or suggestions.