Birth Control Pills and Milk Supply

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-01-2004
Birth Control Pills and Milk Supply
Sat, 04-13-2013 - 11:37am

I have been taking the birth control pill ortho cyclen for the last month. Over the last month my breast milk supply has tanked massively. I was pumping 70-85 ounces a day before starting the pill. I am currently pumping 10-15 ounces a day. My daughter will be 12 weeks old in 2 days. I knew my over supply would eventually drop down to something a little more normal around the 3 month mark. I have been dealing with a very stressful personal situation that happened at the same time I started the pill. So I was blaming the stress for the supply loss. I have been working hard pumping and even occasionally nursing again to try and save my supply. I have been drinking Mother's Milk tea every day. I have avoided Fenugreek pills because they did nothing to help me supply wise last time. It just made me smell like a stinking pancake! LOL My husband and I discussed it and I will stop taking the pill immediately. I will go back to Natural Family Planning/condoms as my form of birth control. I did it for the last decade so I know very well what I am doing. Anyway, has anyone experienced a supply loss when starting birth control pills? How long after stopping the pill should I see an increase in my milk supply again? I do not expect to reach that over supply level again but would like to get back to enough that I can keep her fed with out draining my freezer stash. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-03-2010
Fri, 05-17-2013 - 5:42pm

Any birth control with estrogen will tank your supply.  Have you looked into the mini pill?  It's progesterone only.  I had no problems with it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2004
Thu, 11-14-2013 - 5:26pm

Hi Amy3Lynn3!

Don't know if you remember me, but I was on another Board here when Shannon was the CL.  I think it was WTT Grads or something!?  Anyway, as the pp'er said, any combo pill has the likelyhood to tank your supply...definately check into the mini pill.  I found it still dropped my supply, but very slightly.

Hope you are doing well!!