J.K. asks from New York, NY on March 25, 2008
Any Experience W/domperidone for Lactation Stimulation?
My lactation consultant is recommending that I use domperidone to increase my breastmilk production. I've done a little research, but would love to get some thoughts from those who have actually used this drug or have other first-hand knowledge. Did it work? What kinds of side effects did you experience?
D.G. answers from New York on March 27, 2008
My situation may be a little unique. I had my baby boy in March 07. I always knew that I wanted to breastfeed. However, after my son was born, he had a hard time latching on and he would always fall asleep at the breast. So I decided to pump my milk and give it to him in a bottle. Pumping was difficult for me but I tried to stick with it for the first couple weeks. Then I was so exhausted from pumping that I gave up when he was about 8 weeks old and switched him to formula. After about a month or so, I felt guilty about quiting breastfeeding, but my milk supply had all but dried up! So I contacted a lactation consultant who perscribed domperidone and herbal supplements like Fenugreek and blessed Thistle. The lactation consultant said that it would take about 7 days on the domperidone before I saw an increase in my milk production. Well, let me tell you that the Domperidone worked! I went from producing just a few drops of milk to having the full milk supply that I had when my son was born. It was a miracle for me. I was able to nurse my son again and regain that special bond until he was about 10 months old (he weaned himself off). I did not experience any side effects from the Domperidone, so I have no advice or experience for you about that.
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M.K. answers from New York on March 26, 2008
I have never heard of this drug, BUT I have heard that if you nurse on only one side it will produce more milk,
( I have 3 children, and they always seem to prefer one boob more than the other, so as a result ONE boob gets bigger than the other, MY Right boob was bigger than the left until my last one came along, and i tried to even it out by nursing primarily on that side, and it worked.)
So even tho i haven't had that particular experience , I think its up to you to use your judgement, and if it was me,
I would NURSE NURSE NIRSE til my boob was raw, and if the little man gets hungry for more than you have , supplement with formula, you can introduce some cereal at 3-4 months if needed, for breast fed babies they usually say 6 months.
I have had twins and its no diffrent then nursing twins,
one boob for each baby, My babies did Not live so I could not really say for sure if in the LONG term they would have had enough milk, but it certainly seemed fine in the beginning.
And for my first child I did NOT have enough milk so i supplemented with formulas and it really wasn't a big deal.
You simply need to remember to always nurse first. then offer the bottle,
AND PUMPING, My friend swears that pumping offers more milk. she sets a timer and then Pumps away. And for her its worked.
J., this is your baby, so you choose what works best for you, You really need to feel it out, and nurse frequently,
or pump, this way there is always enough milk.
Lastly I just want to congratulate you, being a nursing mom is hard, so don't think that because your are one boob short you are offering him LESS, we all feel like we could be doing better, or something diffrent or are not adequate in some way.
I really wish you all the best and CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!!!
C.G. answers from New York on March 27, 2008
I did not use it but was also advised to take that as well, however I decided to formula feed my newborn who is 1 month older than your son. You could try fenugreek 4 capsules 4 times a day I did use that and it helped. You could also try pumping frequently, warm compresses before breat feeding and goalactagogues.
hope this is helpful, if you do not breat feed don't worry about it, your son will be great!
T.W. answers from Buffalo on March 26, 2008
Hi J.! I have never used Domperidone and it isnt even available in this country! You have to order it from a pharmacy overseas, but I have heard great things about its success and know several women who have used it. I don't recommend supplementing with formula if you can avoid it, and certainly dont begin solids earlier than 6 months. Solids should not be used in place of breastmilk, but to compliment it. That said, here is some info about Domperidone.
Hope this helps! Good luck...you can do this Momma!