My OBGYN has prescribed me with medicine to help me with my milk supply. Has anyone ever heard of this or used it? Does it work? Any side effects that you know of or experienced? Any information helps, thanks!
What is the medicine called? There is something called domperidone or motilium - is it that? My GP wouldnt prescribe it for my poor supply but I have bought it myself and its working for me. I've not experienced any side effects. If that is the medicine let me know if you need any more info. I knew about it becasue I was a nurse on NICU and I know lots of mums had it with no problems x
They gave me Reglan... I'm pretty sure it's not even a medicine specifically for lactation. All the drugs I've looked up seem not very safe. Is there any natural methods I can try that you or anyone knows of?
I was prescribed domperidone to help increase my milk supply. I was not aware that there were other types of medications that could be prescribed to help with the milk.
I was actually just about to post what I found out about domperidone in another thread because I experienced something the other day, and now OH is a little worried and thinks I should stop taking it.
Domperidone is a drug that is prescribed not only to help increase milk supply, but also to people with gastrointestinal problems and people with Parkinson's. It does help prevent dizziness, nausea and indigestion. It does help increase your milk supply, but it does get into your breast milk which LO could ingest. One of the funny side effects I read was "Men: if you notice your breasts become enlarged and engorged please contact your doctor ASAP." This drug does make you tired, just what new mums need! To be extra tired! lol
When you take domperidone, you MUST take all of your doses otherwise you go through withdrawls, just like if you were to give up drinking (if you were a hardcore alcoholic) or taking heroin or cocaine. I found this out the hard way the other day. I was really, really tired from being up half the night with LO and I missed a dose when I took a nap. After my nap, I got up and had a major headache and felt dizzy and nauseous. After being up for an hour, I decided to take another nap because I felt like I was coming down with a cold or something. After that nap, I got up and tried to help OH take care of LO and also make dinner. I felt the same way I did earlier. About 2 hours later, I realized I missed not one but 2 doses of domperidone! I took a dose right away and within 20 minutes, I instantly felt better.
So if you do take this drug, it's perfectly fine to take as long as you don't miss a dose. Also, if you want to stop taking this drug, you have to wean yourself off of it slowly. I hope I didn`t discourage you from taking the drug from what I said above. It is perfectly safe to take to help increase your supply.
Just in case anyone wants to take a look at any of the information for the drugs that they take, you can always go to medbroadcast.com and click on the Drug Factsheet tab.
What you got prescribed sounds very similar to what they put me on. I took one pill and looked up the side effects and they got me worried so I don't know what to do now. I really want my babies to get the added benefits of breast milk but I want it to be safe also. I'm looking into natural ways to bring it back. Like herbal stuff... any ideas?
Hello yes it does pass into your breast milk but in very small quantities. Its funny because it is actually a side effect of the drug that it increases breast milk.
Herbal alternatives are fenugreek capsules and milk thistle. I tried taking these before the domeridone but unfortunately they didnt work for me. I've heard of lots of instances where they do work. I also express after every feed as much as I can. x
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