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Old 05-25-2006, 08:52 PM   #1
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Domperidone

I have started taking Domperidone to get my milk supply back. I lost it at about 3 months Postpartum due to hypothyroidism, which has since been corrected.

I am taking 20 mg, 3x/day. I just started it last night.

For any ladies who have used Domperidone (I tried 1 liter of Mothers Milk tea and 12 fenugreek pills and it didnt work), how long did it take for your milk to come back, and did you get back to your full supply?

Currently, I get an ounce and a half pumping during the day, half an ounce pumping at night, and about 2 ounces nursing in the morning. I have been consistantly trying to nurse and pumping 3-4 times daily since my baby was 6 weeks, even with the lack of supply.

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Old 05-25-2006, 09:04 PM   #2
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I stopped bfing my son at a little after 2 weeks due to some severe post partum issues, LOL. That and I just couldn't take the pain of nursing anymore. I took fenugreek and all that good stuff, but never tried the tea because I didn't want to order online back then. Anyway... after what seemed like forever I tried the Domperidone. I think at the most after I started taking it I got an ounce (both breasts together). BUT I was completely dried up, sounds like you're doing just fine. There's the possibility that you MAY get a full supply back. I don't know that they guarantee it, and I wouldn't either. It depends mostly on how well your body reacts to the medication, etc. I stopped after a few weeks of pumping for what seemed like forever. I couldn't take it anymore, LOL, but you are far ahead of what I was making in the first place! Good luck with it! It was the only thing that started my supply back up in the first place, so you may have GREAT results on it. Oh, as for how long it took for my milk to come back it was maybe between 1-2 weeks to notice much of a change. I noticed little changes within the first few days, but nothing spectacular until a little later. BTW, it did make me gain over 10 lbs. though, LOL, if you're concerned about that. I wasn't, though - milk seems so much more important than weight!
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Old 05-25-2006, 09:44 PM   #3
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I used domp to induce lactation for my adoptive dd. Within 2 days, I had a streams and within 2 weeks I had enough to bf her without use of lact-aid. So, my story is different than yours but to show that I use domp and was able to soley bf within 2 weeks. I never pumped.

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Old 05-26-2006, 05:28 PM   #4
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Re: Domperidone

how safe is this I am getting a box sent to me by a friend because my supply is almost gone and i want to start breastfeeding my again.
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Old 05-26-2006, 05:42 PM   #5
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Re: Domperidone

how safe is this I am getting a box sent to me by a friend because my supply is almost gone and i want to start breastfeeding my again.
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Re: Domperidone

How are you getting a box sent by a friend...you have to have a prescription for it? Like any drug, there are side effects. Domperidone is actually used to treat stomach problems, increased lactation is just a side effect. You really need to discuss it with your doctor before using it (or any drug) because your own medical history may affect how your body responds. In the US, the FDA has issued a warning against Domperidone and it is illegal for pharmacies to dispense it. The warning is controversial for several reasons, but it is something to consider and discuss with your physician. There are other options for increasing your milk supply or "relactation" as well.

Here's some info about Domperidone (good and bad):
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/88/99922.htm
http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/D...oneAlert.shtml
http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/domperidone.shtml
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/d...di/500149.html
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWER.../ANS01292.html

General info on relactating:
http://www.bflrc.com/newman/handouts...opted_Baby.htm
http://kellymom.com/bf/supply/relactation.html
http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/galact.asp

Good luck with whatever you decide to do...
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Old 05-26-2006, 07:59 PM   #7
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Re: Domperidone

she had ordered a box online I wasnt going to use it till i talk to my dr. She is also sending me fenugreek and mothers milk tea. which is the route i will be taking now i am just looking for someone to send me some blessed thistle.
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:15 PM   #8
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Re: Domperidone

I discussed it with a doctor, who informed me he was not allowed to prescribe it.

After a lot of research, I was able to determine that one of the main reasons it is not prescribed for milk production is because formula is so easy and accessible in the US - who's gonna sponsor a product that no one needs?

At any rate, the side effects (The really negative ones) are sited as being caused by human-sized dosages in rats. By human sized, I mean like 90mg/day. They used to give it to infants in much smaller doses for reflux - now it's only available overseas to treat adult reflux.

I have not yet had any side effects - and today pumped 4oz in three sittings and had one full nursing. So far, it is working for me! I hope this continues.

But I had to order mine from New Zealand. It's brand-name, cost me $30ppd for 100 10mg pills.
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I discussed it with a doctor, who informed me he was not allowed to prescribe it.

After a lot of research, I was able to determine that one of the main reasons it is not prescribed for milk production is because formula is so easy and accessible in the US - who's gonna sponsor a product that no one needs?
Based on what I've read, I do think that the FDA was hasty in banning it, but I don't think the "formula conspiracy" had much to do with this one. Even in Canada, where it is legal, it is not "approved" for milk production. That is a very common "off-label" use for it, but neither the drug company nor the government officially endorses it for that (meaning also that they haven't tested the long term effects on mothers or babies...). It is approved for use in treating stomach problems. It was the same in the US...it was approved for treating stomach problems here and that's what the FDA considered when they pulled it. As for who's going to "sponsor" a product that no one needs...since when has that ever stopped a drug company? They're the ones that run the healthcare industry in this country!

By the way, even though Domperidone is not legal in the US, reglan is and is frequently prescribed for increasing milk production here. It does have more side effects in some women but it's something to consider and discuss with your doc. And here are some more that are available without a prescription (you should be able to get them at most any herb store) http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/galact.asp

One last thing to think about when ordering drugs online or especially getting them through a friend, if you get caught, it's drug trafficking. They let cocaine and heroin dealers off with nothing but you can bet they'd try to make an example out of a suburban mom over something like this! The chances of getting caught are slim, but you do need to think about it.

I know it's a tough position to be in. My son was unable to latch at birth so I wound up exclusively pumping for the first 7 weeks...trying to establish and maintain your supply when you're not nursing at all is killer. I did it, but I wound up having oversupply issues. By the time he started nursing, I was already back at work full time so I had to try to decrease my supply while only being able to nurse about 50% of the time. That led to a yo-yo effect that was a nightmare. Even once things leveled out, I had a really hard time maintaining an adequate supply when things were hectic at work or he was going through a growth spurt or whatever. I did stick it out though and he weaned himself at 19 months (only because I was 4 months pregnant again). Through all the trials, I am so glad that I stuck with it. Good luck to all of you, I hope that you are able to work things out as well.
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Re: Domperidone

I have gastroparesis (the stomach ailment it treats) and while it's under control right now, if I need it my US doctor will prescribe me doperidone. It is not illegal in the US, many pharmacies will formulate it for you.

I discussed it in length with my gastroenterologist and he told me that the drug company spent millions on getting approved. Once the trials were complete the FDA asked for different trials because apparently there was a misunderstanding during the original application. Well, because the drug had already cost them millions they did not feel that it was worth it to go through it again so they chose to not have it in the US market.

No danger, no issues. Just financial issues surrounding the approval. Here is a list of pharmacies in the US that will fill it;

http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/d...onewhere.shtml
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