If you are struggling to increase your milk supply, it could be due to a number of factors. You might have been hoping that consuming more nutrients or drinking soup every day would help, but nothing seems to be working so far.
To help increase lactation, your obstetrician might prescribe Domperidone and advise you to take 10 mg three times a day. However, once the lactation has improved, the medication must be weaned off.
Domperidone is a popular drug used to treat various conditions, including stomach issues. And like every other medication, Domperidone has its side effects too. It includes prolonging the QT segment of your heartbeat and causing swelling of the breasts and discharge from the nipples. When taken, domperidone may pass into breast milk in trace amounts.
Sister Susan recounts, "In one of the babies, I used to care for, she was so premature that the mother had to take Domperidone for a long time in order to sustain her milk production.
It was a month after the baby's discharge when I visited her at home, and the baby had been in the hospital for about six months. I noticed her breasts were larger than usual for a baby and advised her mother to bring her back to the pediatrician for a checkup.
Her pediatrician suspected it was a Domperidone side effect and weaned the mother off the medication. The baby's enlarged breasts returned to normal after a few weeks."
As a result, it is imperative that all mummies should read up on or be aware of all the side effects of any medications or supplements you are taking. Especially if you are breastfeeding.