What have your experiences been with the combination birth control pill (or the progestin-only pill) while breastfeeding? Did it affect your milk supply?
For several years, I took the combination (estrogen/progestin) birth control pill. I was very happy with it. When I went off the pill last year to get pregnant -- and then did get pregnant -- my skin just went crazy. Acne all over my back, face, and chest. My dermatologist gave me a topical antibiotic, but it wasn't that effective. My skin is really affecting my self-esteem, and often I just hate to look in the mirror. I already have scars developed on my back from this round of acne.
Now my baby is six weeks old, and I have my post-partum doctor's appointment today. My husband and I do not
want another child -- not now and not in the future. The doctor already gave me a prescription for the mini pill (progestin only), but I know that it's not as effective as the combination pill, and I'm assuming it will not have the same effect on controlling my acne. One of the doctors in the group I go to said that she prefers to prescribe the combination pill because it's much better at preventing pregnancy. I don't know the opinion of the doctor I'm seeing today.
My biggest fear about the combination pill (and even the mini pill) is that my milk supply will decrease. I've researched online, and both anecdotal evidence and scientific studies don't seem to point to a single answer. kellymom.com
doesn't paint a rosy picture. I'd like to hear some personal experiences. What did the combination pill (or mini pill) do to your supply? If it starts to affect it, can I just stop the pill and expect my milk to go back to normal? I have a great supply right now and can pump 4-5 oz. at a time. I am planning to breastfeed for one year.