Has anyone taken domperidone while breastfeeding?

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Bridget - posted on 05/22/2010

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I was prescribed it when my 2nd son was about 6 weeks old. I took it for about 8 weeks, with concerns about how my son was reacting to it. He wouldn't sleep and screamed all the time like he was having extreme pain in his stomach. I couldn't put him down for more than 5 mins. I kept going to my doctor with my concerns and she would say that he is just a "gassy baby". So I continued taking it until I felt I had enough milk. I started weening myself and about a week after i stopped completly< my son was an extremely different child. It was like night and day. He was happy for more than a fifteen minuted period, i could put him down to play, he slept for more than 2 hours, he started laughing and stopped having the extreme stomach pains. When I went and talked to my doctor she told me that it must have been the domperidone. She said sometimes it can cause muscle spasms in the stomach......get that. I tried nursing mothers tea by weleda as I felt my supply was not enough. And that worked for a while. Eventually we gave up on the breastfeeding becasue of the crazy experience we had. It was a difficult time for all of us in the house. I was just wondering if anyone else has had any issues with it or if we were one in a million......

Melissa - posted on 02/14/2010

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i am brestfeeding after having a brest reduction and was very concerned with my milk production, although my lil one was gaining- but still on the smaller side. my doc prescribed me domperidone and within 72 hrs i was FULL adn pumped 5oz from one breast! i used it for 3 months and weaned off of it. my milk suppy has totally caught up with my babys demands and i def reccommend it. one side effect that my doc really warned me about is diareah, so if u experience that then make sure ur taking in alot more liquids than usual. i knew a girl that had it so bad she had to go off the med, but i was fine. good luck!

oh and PS...they even give it to adoptive moms who want to nurse that havent even ever had a natural child, but want to breastfeed, and it works for some ladies, thats pretty amazing if u ask me!

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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I started it when my baby was 5 months old because my milk had almost dried up, I was getting maybe 10 oz over the entire day and the natural stuff either didn't work or made me sick. It worked great, I get almost 30 oz every day so my baby is well fed and there is some stored for when she goes to grandma's

Alison - posted on 02/13/2010

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i took it for a year. the whole time i was breastfeeding. had no problems. also coudnt have breast fed without it.

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User - posted on 07/08/2011

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I just purchased domperidone from a compounding pharmacy here in CA. 30 mg each, I have 115 tablets. I was trying to relactate but I think its too late now. My son is 3 mos old now and is on formula for a month now, he won't take my breast anymore. I tried pumping every 3 hours and all I get are drops. I haven't seen any changes to my breasts also. So if anyone interested on my domperidone, pls pm me as I don't want it wasted. It caused $130 for 120 tablets of 30 mg each. let me know.

Jesi - posted on 04/18/2011

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My lactation consultant has recommended this to me. Can anyone tell me where I can get it? I can't get a prescription in the states and have looked it up but not sure where to get it. Please help!

Jesi - posted on 04/18/2011

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My lactation consultant has recommended this to me. Can anyone tell me where I can get it? I can't get a prescription in the states and have looked it up but not sure where to get it. Please help!

Minnie - posted on 05/15/2010

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Bridget, is there a possibility that a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance was causing your baby to be gassy, and it was a coincidence that your supply regulated at about the same time that you decided to stop taking the domperidone?

Ami - posted on 05/14/2010

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i am wondering if anyone taking domperidone was taking it for hypothyroidism? i have breastfed two of my children fine but my last two i had to switch to formula because my milk dried up up at two to three months. my doctors never suggested taking this medicine, just said to give formula. very disappointing. don't know if we'll have any more, we are very busy these days, but just in case we decide to, i wondered if anyone has found success taking this medication for hypothyroidism... thanks for any responses! williams.ami@gmail.com

Johnny - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hmmm... at the peak I was on 4 pills 4 X a day. My own doctor, my OB and another Breastfeeding doctor with whom I consulted told me it was possible to take more if necessary. I now take 3 pills 3 x a day. From what was explained to me, the more serious side effects, which are cardiac issues, were seen in people who were taking very high doses intravenously (about the equivalent of 20 pills several times a day). I have been fortunate not to have any signs of the stomach spasms. Domperidone in high doses can also cause your period to cease, but since I'm on the Mirena IUD, I couldn't tell if my amenorrhea is at all affected by the domperidone. I have not read anything about the levels of domperidone in one's system being high enough to cause stomach problems in babies. That is very interesting (and unfortunate).

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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Really? my doctor told me not to take any more than 4 pills per day and even still the doctor I had to see to have them refilled told me I should cut back.

Bridget - posted on 02/13/2010

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I was taking 2 pills four times a day. I didn't think it would effect him either. I thought I had a good supply of milk and started to cut down on the pills. It wasn't until they were out of my system that I made the connection.

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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I knew they could cause problems in an adult but I didn't know that they could pass to the baby in any harmful amount. I've never had problems though. If you don't mind me asking, how many were you taking?

Bridget - posted on 02/13/2010

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I started taking it when my son was about 6 weeks old. He started to become really fussy and it seemed like he was having very painful gas. I couldn't put him down, he had sleeping issues. I was at my wits end. I asked the doctor if she thought it could have been from the domperidone, she said no, he is just a gassy baby. I kept changing my diet, not ever finding anything that helped. So I started decreasing the pills. I have been off them for about two weeks now and the past week my son has been so different. It is like night and day. He is now 14 weeks and it is amazing the difference. I was at the doctors yesterday and told her how different he is. She said that it was probably the pills as they can cause stomach spasm! Get that. I am angry and upset thinking that I put him through all of the pain. I haven't noticed much of a difference in my milk, but if I do I was considereing fenugreek. I was just wondering if anyone else has had issues with domperidone. I also looked it up on the internet and there is a warning that breastfeeding mothers should NOT use this medicine, as there are safety concerns and they are unsure how much is passed through the breast to the infant. Not sure where to go from here, ideas???? Thanks for replying everyone.

Debbie-shea - posted on 02/13/2010

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I'm currently using it and have been for 4 months. It's been great, no negatives!

Anita - posted on 02/13/2010

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I've been on it for 2 months & I love it, I have waaay more milk now on a consistent basis & my baby has been very happy :)

Candace - posted on 02/13/2010

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Like the others I am currently using it. Its a Godsend. It makes it possible for me to still be breastfeeding at 11 months and to have enough of a stash in the freezer to allow me to go on business trips for a few days secure in the knowledge that he has a sufficient supply to keep him fed.
Neither of us have had any side effects from using this product

Johnny - posted on 02/12/2010

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I've been taking it for 18 months now and just got a renewal. My experience has been extremely positive, I would not be breastfeeding if it weren't for the "dom perignon". Neither myself nor my daughter seems to have had any side effects at all. If you have any specific questions please PM me.

Laura - posted on 02/12/2010

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I am currently. Do you have questions about it? Thus far, my experience with it has been very positive.

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