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There really are no medications available that are specifically manufactured to increase the supply of breast milkbut there are prescription drugs designed for other conditions that are used for that purpose. These medications cause an increase in the level of prolactinthe hormone responsible for milk production, so they have the side effect of making breast milk. Under the direct supervision and monitoring of a doctor, these medications have been prescribed to help create, re-establish or increase the supply of breast milk for nursing mothers.
Although many medications do pass into breast milk, most have little or no effect on milk supply or on infant well-being. Few medications are contraindicated while breastfeeding. According to the AAP, health care providers should weigh the risks and benefits when prescribing medications to breastfeeding mothers by considering the following:.
My two oldest children were just shy of their fourth and first birthdays when my husband and I moved to another city for work. Somewhere amid the chaos of securing a new place to live and a day care, I managed to find a new ob-gyn. He dashed off a prescription for oral contraceptives.
To examine the association of self-efficacy, perception of milk production, and lactating women's use of medication prescribed to increase breast milk in a cohort of 18—year-old mothers over six months. Breastfeeding self efficacy and perception of milk production were positively correlated. Breastfeeding assessment conducted prior to prescription of galactogogues is recommended for mothers and healthy term babies.
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Most mothers are able to produce more than enough milk for their baby iesespecially when accurate support and information is obtained. By far, the most important way to establish and then maintain a good milk supply is for breastmilk to be removed often and well. When all factors contributing to a low supply have been identified and addressed, then galactagogues may help to speed up the process.
There are several prescription drugs that have been used to increase milk supply: Metoclopramide ReglanDomperidone Motiliumand sulpiride Eglonyl, Dolmatil, Sulpitil, Sulparex, Equemote. The presence of an appropriate level of the hormone prolactin permits lactation to proceed normally. When a mother has low prolactin levels, milk supply may be affected.
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. For women who suspect they have low breast milk supply, the first thing to do is get some breastfeeding support.