Marie - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
I'm not a fan of taking prescriptions - goodness knows I will be taking asthma meds for the rest of my life. Here's the story:
My son is 11 months old. At the end of March/beginning April he cut his first tooth and had a flu at the same time. A week later I took on the same flu for which my Dr put me on antibiotics for a lung infection. We went on a trip and I got the stomach flu the day before I finished my prescription for the lung infection. I was down with the stomach flu for 4 days at which time I took in very few calories to support nursing. I didn't pump at all that week while we comfortably nursed during our trip. When we got back, I went back to work and had to pump again.
I got 1/2 maybe 1 oz if I was lucky. In two pumping sessions 4 hours apart I MIGHT have gotten two ounces. It's been that way ever since (over 3 weeks). I've been using Fenugreek for many weeks now, brewer's yeast, herbal tea, plenty of fluids, and yet, by the end of the day when baby wants to nurse himself to sleep, there's not enough together on either side, to satisfy baby. I end up with fussy over-tired - partially hungry baby who does not want to go to sleep (who does eventually but puts up a huge fuss anyway).
I emailed my doctor today. He offered 2 solutions: Good formula (too much $$) OR Domperidone. I'm in Canada where it's been approved for very low dose (10mg).
I'm wondering how other moms feel about using the meds at this stage. I am wholly aware that neither of us is ready to wean yet. Did domperidone cause engorgement, how long did it take to work increase supply? Were there any side effects?
Any help would be appreciated!! Thank you so much!