What is metoclopramide?
Metoclopramide (Reglan™) is a drug used to treat heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. It works by speeding up the rate at which the muscles in the upper digestive system contract, emptying the stomach into the intestines quicker. Metoclopramide acts as a dopamine antagonist, lowering dopamine levels and elevating prolactin levels, leading to an increase in milk supply.
How does metoclopramide affect breastfeeding?
Metoclopramide increases the horomone prolactin, which in turn, increases the production of breastmilk. Metoclopramide does pass into the breastmilk of mothers who take it, and can cause stomach upset, gas, and fussiness in the baby ingesting the milk. Studies have shown that metoclopramide also speeds up the transition from colostrum to breastmilk.
Is metoclopramide safe?
Metoclopramide has been shown to be a very dangerous drug when it comes to issues of depression. Many women who took the drug for the purpose of increasing their milk supply, reported severe anxiety, feelings that they were unfit mothers and should never have had or adopted their baby, as well as suicidal ideation. These symptoms can be worse in women who are already suffering from postpartum depression, and can, if left untreated turn into postpartum psychosis, which puts both the mother and child at severe risk. Many report that the small amount of breastmilk increase is not worth all of the side affects that come with the drug.
Where is metoclopramide obtained?
Metoclopramide is a prescription drug and cannot be obtained in the U.S. without a prescription. However, many women who do not feel comfortable asking their doctor, or do not have the money to pay for a doctor’s visit, will order the drug from online pharmacies that do not require a prescription. This can be a very dangerous practice, as the quality of the product you are recieving cannot be guaranteed.