10-28-2009, 11:09 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
No disrespect to Dr Newman - obviously he's an absolute godsend for many women and a well-educated man - but he is a pediatrician, not an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Mirena is not new as it has been used in Europe for many years, and it is locally administering progesterone to the uterus with minimal to no increase in blood progesterone levels. Biologically, it does not make sense that it will decrease milk supply. Dr. Newman is making a comment based on anecdotal reports from a few women - not that they are wrong, but this is far from science. Scientific literature (and I have read it) does not support this claim at this point. The literature also states that low-dose estrogen containing birth control pills have little effect on milk supply, but I would trust this assertation much less as biologically, estrogen may have that effect on milk supply.
And remember, even in studies, placebos seem to have side effects, despite being placebos! Some women may find that something decreases their supply, just by coincedence that their supply decreased as something else (unnoticed - ie: ovulation) happened.
Now, what does decrease milk supply - pregnancy! Proven!
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