domperidone while breastfeeding

Erin - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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i have hypothyroisism, which causes low milk supply. i have tried brewers yeast(my daughter got thrush) i also eat oatmeal and drink raspberry tea. i've been to see a lactation consultant and she suggested domperidone. i went to my dr. and got a script, when i picked it up i read the information and sie affects. after 2 and a half days i was struck with the worse dizt spells. i googled the medication, one site said you shouldn't take domperidone if you are breast feeding and that there was alot of scepticism about it. i an very worried as i have been taking them for nearly 3 days. does anyone one know anything about domperidone while breastfeeding or has anyone taken it?

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Johnny - posted on 09/02/2009

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Just one note, the domperidone can take up to 6 weeks to take effect. I noticed the most dramatic jump in supply after 2 months on the stuff. I was about to give up.

Billie - posted on 09/01/2009

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I've taken domperidone for 10 months now and at first I was hesitant to use it but it does help with supplying breast milk alot. The first time I used it, I got headaches but after a couple of days, the headaches went away. I figure breast milk (even if it's forced) would be better than anything else. I

Sarah - posted on 09/01/2009

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I also have hypothyroidism. I've been on domperidone for 10 months for breastfeeding and have had no side effects. I am also a peds nurse and can say that we have a lot of women put on it for milk supply. domperidone is safe for breastfeeding moms. My son has had no negative effects from this medication. It is commonly used and considered safe. All drug labels will give a warning just to protect against law suits. Good luck

Danaë - posted on 09/01/2009

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try mother milk it's a tea and it help me a lot with my milk production. You can get it at central market or whole foods. But most important try not to stress to much about it because that also affects your supply. If you stay with your baby all day. just keep your baby on your breast as much as possible that helps a lot too. GOOD LUCK!

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Jessica - posted on 11/09/2011

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I have tried both Reglan and Domperidone. Domperidone had no side effects for me and worked great. What I have read is that Dom is safer because Reglan has possible neurological side effects and crosses the baby's blood/brain barrier. I don't know about the dizzy spells-maybe if you lower the dosage for a while until your body gets used to it??? Good luck!

Vanj - posted on 07/09/2011

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Anyone who needs domperidone? I have 115 tablets of 30 mg each, I don't need them anymore. Pls e-mail me at vanjbaquiran@aol.com. I will ship it to anyone who needs it, I just don't want it to go to waste.

Marie - posted on 05/20/2011

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Domperidone is most often prescribed for GI issues, but also affects prolactin, causing increased milk supply. I have been on it for almost 2 years and was recently tested for HYPER THYROID - too much thyroid hormone. My son is now 3, and we're working on complete weaning - off the domperidone and breastfeeding.

After reading a website a few minutes ago I suspect the two are related, and will go off the domperidone over the next 6 weeks. My original dosage was 9 pills per day - 3 pills 3x per day. I'm down to 7 pills per day - 2, 3 and 2.

I have holding off getting the thyroid scan done at hospital until the end of the summer.

Sarah - posted on 09/03/2009

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Reglan is also an antiemetic (anti nausea) medication, I do believe that they are the same thing. I did just recently see on the news a new warning for people that take it on a regular basis. I think it was related to causing tartive diskinesa (sp) involuntary movents. I would ask your MD how long it is safe to take it for.

Erin - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting Theresa:

is this the same medicine as regalan? that's what my dr had me on after my son was born to increase production



i believe they are different, domperidone is actually an anti nausea medication, one of the side affects is lactation

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is this the same medicine as regalan? that's what my dr had me on after my son was born to increase production

Amy - posted on 09/02/2009

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hi there! i also have hypothyroidism, and am on synthroid. i never knew it caused low milk supply? that explains my situation - i've been on domperidone for almost 4 weeks now. i haven't seen a dramatic increase in my milk, but it hasn't lessened either. i haven't had any side effects from the meds at all. and my LC also said that it's ok to take while breastfeeding...the labels are only because domperidone is not "officially" authorized in the US for the increase of milk supply (but it is in europe). anyhow, i've tried many different things to increase my milk in addition to the domperidone. initially i tried "mothers milk plus" - a liquid concoction of fenugreek, goat's rue & some other herbs - you add it to 2 oz of liquid and drink 2-3 times a day. unfortunately, my 6 1/2 week old son had a bad reaction to it - gave him horrible gas and he was clearly in pain. all that disappeared within 48 hrs of stopping the mother's milk solution. i might still try just the fenugreek alone, i've heard some success stories with that. the last 2 1/2 days i've been pumping around the clock in an attempt to increase my milk supply, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. today i took a break and have only pumped twice, and still got the same amount of milk as 4 pumpings from yesterday! now i'm going to go back to breastfeeding every time he's hungry, and then supplementing with formula if he's still hungry once he's done nursing. thankfully he goes between breast & bottle without issue. we're using the Adiri natural nursers bottles and i think that helps. good luck and stick with it! this whole process has been wearing me out but i refuse to give up. our family has lots of food allergies so i'm hoping that the more i nurse, the more i'll be able to prevent that with my son.

Kristylynn - posted on 09/02/2009

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Hi, I am not familiar with hypothyroisism, or domperidone, however I am a bf mom, I bf my first to 13mths, 2 child till 14 mths, and current with my 3mth old, I have a hard time pumping so I often think that my kids were not getting what they needed. However I have been told that we will produce what it is that our children require, that a child will never starve themselves, so not to worry. My kids were always on the leaner side, which I am not, so I always thought maybe they are hungry, everyone told me to give them this or that but it always created more problems as my kids have allergies, so I feel your fraustration. But if you go to a health store they have things that can help with milk production, so maybe have a look the next time you are out and see if they can help. ALWAYS be careful though and contact your doctor if you are unsure of something that you are taking, good luck.

Johnny - posted on 09/01/2009

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I've been on domperidone for 13 months with no side effects. Oddly, one time when I picked up my prescription (after I'd been on it for around 11 months) there was a sticker on the bottle that said, do not take while breastfeeding. Now, my pharmacist knows that's why I take it. So I asked what the deal was, and he told me that they are legally obligated to say that, because it is an "off-label" usage and not "approved" for the medication. But he said that he has no concerns about dispensing it for breastfeeding moms, that there are very few side effects, and those are very rarely serious. Most serious complications are on super-high doses intravenously. Also, he mentioned that it is safer than Reglan because less passes through the into the milk. Very much put my mind at ease. And they never stuck the sticker on the bottle again.

That being said, if the dizziness was serious, I would definitely discuss it with the pharmacist or LC. It may be that you could try a lower dose. I will say it worked like a charm for me. I've had 3 breast surgeries and produced almost no milk without it.

Erin - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

I took domperidone when my first born was a little guy. I know it says to not take while nursing, but it helps... A LOT! I took Reglan before Domperidone and it increased it a little. I switched to Domperidone, and my supply jumped drastically. Take it what you LC recommended (I'm LC in training), and it will work! My supply doubled easily within a week.



did you have a problem with dizieness? i became so dizzy this afternoon that i couldn't function. luckily my husband was home so i was able to go lie down for an hour, it was really quite bad

Tammy - posted on 09/01/2009

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I took domperidone when my first born was a little guy. I know it says to not take while nursing, but it helps... A LOT! I took Reglan before Domperidone and it increased it a little. I switched to Domperidone, and my supply jumped drastically. Take it what you LC recommended (I'm LC in training), and it will work! My supply doubled easily within a week.

Erin - posted on 09/01/2009

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i am currently taking 0.225mg synthroid, it was recently lowered from 0.250mg. domperidone is actually an anti nosia medication, one of the side affects is lactation

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I haven't heard of domperidone either. I am also hypothyroid and like Christa said the important thing is to keep your thyroid levels as stable as possible. Are you on any medication for your thyroid? Have your been to see an endocrinologist (this is a doctor who specializes in thyroid disorders.)? If not, then you should find an endocrinologist and ask them about some meds for your thyroid.

Erin - posted on 09/01/2009

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thank you, i have never been regulated, i was diagnosed early in my 2nd pregnancy and have been either pregnant or breast feeding ever since. i also have my levels taken every 6 weeks.

Christa - posted on 09/01/2009

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I have never heard of it...but I also have hypothyroidism and have nursed five children to 12+ months each. The biggest thing was 1. keep your thyroid regulated...I had my checked every 6 weeks during pregnancy & postpartum 2. Water, water, water!!! Any other questions.....just ask. Good Luck!!

Amy - posted on 09/02/2009

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hi there! i also have hypothyroidism, and am on synthroid. i never knew it caused low milk supply? that explains my situation - i've been on domperidone for almost 4 weeks now. i haven't seen a dramatic increase in my milk, but it hasn't lessened either. i haven't had any side effects from the meds at all. and my LC also said that it's ok to take while breastfeeding...the labels are only because domperidone is not "officially" authorized in the US for the increase of milk supply (but it is in europe). anyhow, i've tried many different things to increase my milk in addition to the domperidone. initially i tried "mothers milk plus" - a liquid concoction of fenugreek, goat's rue & some other herbs - you add it to 2 oz of liquid and drink 2-3 times a day. unfortunately, my 6 1/2 week old son had a bad reaction to it - gave him horrible gas and he was clearly in pain. all that disappeared within 48 hrs of stopping the mother's milk solution. i might still try just the fenugreek alone, i've heard some success stories with that. the last 2 1/2 days i've been pumping around the clock in an attempt to increase my milk supply, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. today i took a break and have only pumped twice, and still got the same amount of milk as 4 pumpings from yesterday! now i'm going to go back to breastfeeding every time he's hungry, and then supplementing with formula if he's still hungry once he's done nursing. thankfully he goes between breast & bottle without issue. we're using the Adiri natural nursers bottles and i think that helps. good luck and stick with it! this whole process has been wearing me out but i refuse to give up. our family has lots of food allergies so i'm hoping that the more i nurse, the more i'll be able to prevent that with my son.

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