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Reglan?

So with all the good reviews about the drug that promoted lactation, I called and asked my doctor about it. She put me on Reglan. It has been a month and for a while I did see an increase but now I have no Reglan more so my supply is dwindeling.. but now that Im out, my doctor wants to see me before refilling it. (apt. on monday) On the phone the nurse suggested that because Ben is eating foods that maybe I just don't need as much as I think I do. Well ok, but I still need 16 during the day while Im gone and Im struggling with that. Thats why I want to stay with the Reglan. Has anyone else used this Reglan?

OH.. I nurse once in the morning, pump four times for 15 at work ( trying to get 16oz for the next day), and nurse two to three times at night.

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Hello! I am a post partum nurse and can tell you than Reglan is usually used to help with nausea and heartburn (it is one of the drugs we give to our c-section moms if they are nauseated after delivery). Anyways, I know some doctors prescribe it to help with milk production, but it is a short term use drug. It is not usually something you want to be one for an extended period of time, and can have more serious side effects if taken for an extended period. This is probably why your doctor will not refill it without talking to you in person. Have you tried other ways of increasing milk production (fenugreek, etc.)? I know my milk production is starting to go down too because my son is eating more solid food and enjoying the flow of his sippy cup!! I hope your doc can help you out with suggestions to keep your production going! Good luck!

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I think that's the problem with Reglan. it brakes the brain/blood barrier and has some emotional side effects. i've got issues with that and as much as i struggle with milk production its why i've never gone down that path.
the BF thread above has some other ideas for you Jessica, but i'm sure you've already explored those!

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I took reglan druing my pregnancy from 6 weeks to about 12 weeks for severe morning sickness. I also struggled with the anxious "I'm not ready for another baby" thoughts during those times. I struggled again with such thoughts towards the end, so I can't say for sure that it was the reglan.

I'm not help for in the context of galactagogue use. Sorry.

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I agree on the seriousness of the side effects due to the crossing of the blood brain barrier. My docs refused to give it to me and it's actually been red labeled by the FDA for the side effects. Our GI doc for Emily tried to get me to start her on it due to the severity of her reflux to use as a motility agent, however because the serious issues such as tics, failure to thrive, and lazy eye are not reversible, I'm not ok with it.

I will tell you I've had trouble with my supply as well due to pumping at work and my doc just prescribed Domperidone. It's not available at a regular pharmacy (FDA said it has cardiac side effects rare but possible, but only showed up in older patients who were very sick and it was given through an IV...the American Board of Pediatrics actually recommends this as the safest prescription bc it DOES NOT pass the blood brain barrier). I filled mine at a compound pharmacy locally and I've already noticed a difference in just 2 days. You can also be on this med long term where as reglan is not recommended.

Hope this helps!

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i took that nursing Isaac (DS2) and it helped a ton with no side effects.

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Gretchen,

How long did you take it? :confused:

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5 months maybe 6.... i started on it when i went back to work about 3 months....and i stopped nursing at 9 months.
there's a wean off period you don't just stop taking it. so it might have been closer to 6 months.