Birth Control Pills and Milk Supply
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|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.