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Jan. 16th, 2006 @ 08:07 pm
ravenonyx

Sorry for the time constraints, I'm having a lot of soreness with my manual fill in and want to replace my pump ASAP. I tried to win a PIS on Ebay but they are going for more then I can currently afford.

I need some info on the Playtex Embrace, Ameda Purely Yours vs the PIS. please help me! Collapse ) crossposted


Domperidone Mar. 16th, 2005 @ 07:52 pm
punkrockgrrrl
A number of people asked me to post about my experiences with Domperidone for milk production once I'd been on it for a bit.

I have now been on Domperidone 80mg/day for 9 days. I got a script from my OB/Gyn, and had it filled at a compounding pharmacy. They gave me a "super bill" to submit to my insurance. I was told a lot of insurance companies will cover it if prescribed and written up properly. It is NOT illegal, it is simply not commercially available, and that's a huge difference. My insurance hasn't responded yet, so I can't tell you how that worked out in terms of coverage.

Meanwhile, here are my experiences and observations.

Effects:
- began to work by the end of the first day (which was only 3 doses)
- the first morning after I started I woke up because my breats were FULL- I got 6 oz out of them. That is now a standard amount every morning. :)
- Full effect didn't really happen until I'd been on it about a week.
- Today I've kept track, and in the past 12 hours I've produced 17.25 oz of milk, which is more than I used to produce in 24 hours. I will post with a 24 hr grand total tomorrow. And probably one other day also, as today I have been under a LOT of stress and I know I'm making less than on other days.
- Our formula usage has dropped *dramatically*. We are down from 30+ oz a day to under 6oz


Side Effects:
- Made my intestines feel like they were full of wiggly snakes the first day. Day 2 I got a nasty headache. Nothing since then.
-If you let the capsule disolve in your mouth, it will taste like ass.

Pros:
- Boosts milk like you would not believe
- Easy to tolerate, even for people like me who are sensitive to meds
- Works within 24 hours
- Easy to take
- Few side effects (YMMV), none after 48 hrs
- Allows me to go out with only boobs as a food source

Cons:
- You still have to pump/nurse 8 times in 24/hours to build and maintain supply (though maybe YMMV)
- Must be swallowed with water. Swallow quick, it tastes like ass!
- Must be taken 4 times a day
- Can be expensive if bought in the US, insurance may or may not cover it
- Can be sketchy if imported from elsewhere, though cheaper

That's my report for right now. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
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Anyone With Experience With Reglan? Feb. 27th, 2005 @ 10:14 pm
punkrockgrrrl
I am still having trouble with my milk supply. I have tried everything, including herbs, lactation consultants, pumps, etc etc. I am thinking about calling the doctor tomorrow and asking for a script for a galactogogue. Anyone here have any experience with Reglan, domperadone, etc? If so, how did it work for you? Can you even get domperadone in the US?

Need Help Feb. 1st, 2005 @ 06:29 pm
punkrockgrrrl
I'm at the point where I'm about to give up entirely on BFing, unless someone can figure out what is going on here.

I've had enormous difficulty with breastfeeding. First, my son had kidney problems that made it physically impossible to keep up with his demand. He literally was compulsively thirsty and drank every hour.

Second, my breasts are anatomically unusual. My glands are all under the aereola, not spread through the tissue like most other women. I had to see several lactation specialists before I found one who could help me modify normal latch techniques and pumps so that I could BF and/or express milk.

Third, I kept bleeding for 8 weeks postpartum. My uterus never contracted enough and I had open blood vessels that just kept bleeding and I kept having the afterbirth contractions every time I nursed. I also had huge difficulties with supply because of this. Over the weekend my OB gave me meds to contract my uterus all the way in hopes that it would stop the bleeding and contractions.

Well, the meds fixed the bleeding issue, but I'm STILL having contractions every time I nurse. And even worse, BFing makes me exhausted. If I BF on demand, by the end of the day I cannot even speak, I am so tired.

I'm going to talk to the Dr. about the pain issue, but what about the overwhelming exhaustion? When I breastfeed only a few times a day, I am fine. But if I try and build my milk supply by pumping/feeding every 2 hours or if I feed on demand, I cannot function by 2 PM.

Has anyone else had trouble with exhaustion from BFing? Anything I can do about this specifically? Is it perhaps a medical issue?
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I'm new. Nov. 5th, 2004 @ 10:00 am
caitlynsdestiny
My name is Destiny and I have a 2 1/2 month old named Caitlyn.

About two weeks ago I noticed that my milk supply was dwindling down. At first my doctor put me on Reglan but my body couldn't tolerate it and I could barely hold my head up. So that was out of the question since I have to care for my baby girl during the day. Then I tried Fenugreek which worked really well, but caused terrible gas in my baby. I just ordered the Domperidone and received it yesterday. I am trying to find out some more info on it. The website said to take it 3-4 times a day, but that is it. Can anyone tell me what kind of side effects there are for me and the baby, also how long I should take it for, and if I would need to taper off?

Any help would be appreciated. I had a girl on my friend's list who was taking it, but her internet was disconnected so I can't ask her.
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