Domperidone in defective and insufficient lactation

Università degli Studi di Siena, Siena, Tuscany, Italy
European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (Impact Factor: 1.7). 06/1985; 19(5):281-7. DOI: 10.1016/0028-2243(85)90042-5
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The clinical use of anti-dopaminergic drugs to stimulate plasma PRL levels, to induce lactogenesis and maintain an adequate lactation has been widely suggested, taking into consideration the main inhibitory role of hypothalamic dopamine on PRL secretion. We therefore studied the effects of domperidone (DOM), a direct anti-dopaminergic drug with a low tendency to be secreted in the milk and which does not cross the blood-brain barrier, on inducing lactogenesis in 8 puerperal women with a history of defective lactogenesis (group A) and inducing galactopoiesis in 9 puerperal women who showed 2 weeks after delivery an insufficient lactation (group B). A placebo treatment was performed in 7 and 8 puerperal women with the same characteristics of group A and B, respectively. PRL plasma levels were assayed in basal conditions and after suckling from the 2nd to the 5th day of puerperium in group A and through a 10-day treatment in group B. In both groups domperidone-treated subjects always showed baseline PRL levels and daily milk yield significantly higher than those of the placebo group (P less than 0.01). The lack of any side-effects and the positive results suggest a high usefulness of such a drug in inducing and/or maintaining successful breast feeding, which is at present considered so important for a healthy development of infants.

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    • "In brief, we calculated correlation coefficients from one available study which reported the means and standard deviations for change in breast milk volume from baseline [8]. Using the imputed correlation coefficients values, we thereafter calculated a change from baseline standard deviations for the other studies with missing standard deviations [19, 20]. A sensitivity analysis was performed utilizing the lowest and highest values of the correlation coefficient to determine the robustness of the results. "
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    ABSTRACT: Background. There is a controversy within the medical community regarding the role of domperidone as a galactagogue and the drug has been removed from the US market owing to safety concerns. Objective. To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of the available data assessing the effect of domperidone on breast milk production in women experiencing insufficient lactation. Study Selection. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examining the effect of domperidone on breast milk production of puerperal women were eligible for inclusion. Data Analysis. Absolute and relative changes from baseline were calculated for individual studies and pooled using a random effects model. Results. Three RCTs including 78 participants met the inclusion criteria. All showed a statistically significant increase in breast milk production following treatment with domperidone. The analysis of pooled data demonstrated a statistically significant relative increase of 74.72% (95%  CI = 54.57; 94.86, P < 0.00001) in daily milk production with domperidone treatment compared to placebo. No maternal or neonatal adverse events were observed in any of the trials. Conclusions. Evidence from a few small RCTs of moderate to high quality suggests that domperidone produces a greater increase in breast milk supply than placebo.
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    • "Prolactin levels were reported as significantly higher after the 2nd day of treatment in the domperidone group (p < 0.01). The mean daily milk yield was also increased significantly in the domperidone group (P < 0.01), with a corresponding higher infant weight gain [18]. In a small double blind, randomized controlled trial (n = 16), a 7 day course of domperidone (10 mg TID) given to mothers of preterm infants experiencing insufficient milk production resulted in a significantly increased milk supply (P < 0.05), low levels of drug detected in breast milk (< 0.2 mcg/kg/d) and significantly higher maternal prolactin level when compared to the placebo group [17]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Domperidone, a drug that enhances upper gastric motility, is an anti-dopaminergic medication that also elevates prolactin levels. It has been shown to safely increase the milk supply of lactating women. To date, researchers have analyzed the effects of domperidone on lactating woman with respect to the quantity of their milk production, adverse effects, and drug levels in the breast milk. However, the effect of domperidone on the macronutrient composition of breast milk has not been studied and current guidelines for fortification of human milk for premature infants do not distinguish between those women using or those not using domperidone. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of domperidone (given to lactating mothers of very preterm infants) on the macronutrient composition of breast milk. Mothers of infants delivered at less than 31 weeks gestation, who are at least 3 weeks postpartum, and experiencing lactational failure despite non-pharmacological interventions, will be randomized to receive domperidone (10 mg three times daily) or placebo for a 14-day period. Breast milk samples will be obtained the day prior to beginning treatment and on days 4, 7 and 14. The macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate and energy) and macromineral content (calcium, phosphorus and sodium) will be analyzed and compared between the two groups. Additional outcome measures will include milk volumes, serum prolactin levels (measured on days 0, 4, and 10), daily infant weights and breastfeeding rates at 2 weeks post study completion and at discharge. Forty-four participants will be recruited into the study. Analysis will be carried out using the intention to treat approach. If domperidone causes significant changes to the nutrient content of breast milk, an alteration in feeding practices for preterm infants may need to be made in order to optimize growth, nutrition and neurodevelopment outcomes.
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