drugs to increase supply

I realized this morning that me being on the ring will also decrease supply. Apparently it's a side affect from low dose birth control.
Originally Posted by webjockey
According to my BF class, combination hormone BC (which includes the ring) will decrease supply. A progesterone only pill (mini-pill) is better. You may want to ask your doctor if you can switch to a different BC option.
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wow! i thought that any hormonal birth control, particularly estrogen ones, was not recommended while breastfeeding.

is it worth it to breastfeed if you have to be medicated with hormones to prevent pregnancy and take other meds to keep your milk supply up?

i'd probably opt to get off the hormones, use condoms, and allow my milk supply to naturally increase and maintain it from there, returning to hormones after ceasing breastfeeding.

it just seems like you'd need too many interventions just to breastfeed, and you'd have all of those medicines in your baby's milk.

good luck with the multi-tasking. i know how taxing it can be.
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While it's still my responsibility to do the resarch, I'm a little ticked that my new OB didn't mention the decreased supply as a side effect. She recommended mini pill, IUD or ring. I waited until he was 6 months to start on it, which is what seems to be the suggestion across the board. Well, 6 months or on solids exclusively.

Other potential side effects are reduced quality (whatever that means) of the milk and the baby yellowing. He still looks very brown, and he hasn't lost any weight, so I feel ok in that department.

I feel it's worth it to breastfeed as long as I see no adverse side effects in his temperment & weight & general health.

I know I'm not responsible enough to do the mini pill or condoms. I'll just have to keep taking my herbs and pumping. I'm flying solo tonight so I'll have lots of time to pump.
Just a quickie update. Since going off the NuvaRing my supply is awsome Baby even sleeps better because he's getting an ample quality supply of milk.

Buyer beware when it comes to choosing birth control methods.
I'm 8 months postpartum and I still haven't gotten on a birth control yet.

I laugh at myself since everyone else who had babies at the same time were on birth control right away.

I'm on the phone w/ my OB office AGAIN and they are AGAIN putting me off in getting my iud.
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