I know a lot of pregnant women are shocked when asked about their post-baby birth control plans. Birth control hasn’t been a part of your life in a long time (depending on how hard-won your baby is, possibly in a VERY long time).
However, there is a term for people who don’t have a game plan about post-baby birth control–parents of another kid.
Yes, breastfeeding CAN suppress ovulation. Until six months or the FIRST time you go six hours between start of feed and start of feed. That suppression is not effective in 100% of women. You can’t rely on breastfeeding to be your birth control. Even if you’d like another child-there are many reasons to wait 18-24 months before getting pregnant–another pregnancy so soon will be very difficult on your body and raises your chances of problems during pregnancy and pre-term birth.
If you’re on the fence about what method you want to use or are interested in a new option, may I strongly encourage you to check out Planned Parenthood’s website on birth control?
Personally, I’m getting another Mirena
I have tried many forms of birth control over the years, and this is the easiest by far. Yes, it hurts to have it inserted, and it’s a good idea to plan to be home in bed that day (and possibly one more day). BUT, once it is in, you are clear for sex without any secondary measures (like condoms) and you are pregnancy-free for five years before you need to get it re-moved and new one inserted.
I don’t plan to have more children, but if you want another (as I did after the LM), you can just get it removed and fertility returns immediately. I got pregnant 2 months after my last Mirena was removed.
I am not being paid to shill for Mirena–this is a product I’ve used and that I like. I suck at the take a birth control pill every day, much less every day at the exact same time. The shot can cause issues with bone density. I didn’t like the ring. The patch irritated my skin and gave me a rash. Condoms are too easily forgotten in the heat of the moment. The copper IUD isn’t recommended for women who have bleeding disorders (as I do). Hence, Mirena is really my best option.
If we were in the US, I would likely be getting the Essure female sterilization procedure done, but no one in my current home country is licensed to perform it, so back to Mirena I go.