The Paragard or condoms and/or abstinence. Do NOT get ANYTHING with any kind of hormone in it, including the mini-pill, the Mirena, Nuva Ring, the Depo shot, etc. ANY kind of hormone, whether it's combination or progestin only CAN effect milk supply. I went through that problem, as well as many other mothers I either know personally or have talked to about birth control/milk supply problems. My lactation consultant confirmed it (she said that about 98% of mother who come to her with milk production problems are on some type of hormonal BC and after stopping that BC, their milk supply returns, so long as they don't give up on BF). I'm not trying to sound preachy, I'm just warning about the potential negative side effects that not ALL women have, but quite a few have experienced. For long term, the Paragard is a great BC from what I've heard from many people (my OB refused to order one, hence my problem because of Mirena).
at 8:40 PM on Jan. 17, 2011