A Pediatrician Talks about Domperidone for Breastfeeding
Dr. Vincent Iannelli, a board certified pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, has written a post titled Breastfeeding Your Child Effectively: Domperidone to Increase Milk Production for About.com. The post begins:
Domperidone (Motilium) is a drug that has, as a side effect, the increased production of the hormone prolactin. Prolactin is the hormone that stimulates the cells in the mother's breast to produce milk. Domperidone increases prolactin secretion indirectly, by interfering with the action of dopamine. One of the actions of dopamine is that it decreases the secretion of prolactin by the pituitary gland.
Domperidone is generally used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (gut) and has not been released for use as a stimulant for milk production. This does not mean that it cannot be prescribed for this reason, but rather that the manufacturer does not back its use for increasing milk production. However, there are several studies which show that it works to increase milk production and that it is safe.
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