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Only you can provide what's best for baby.  We can Help. 

That's Medela's motto and we are proud to share in their passion.  Malley's Compounding Pharmacy offers a full line of Medela pumps and accessories.  Extensive care was taken to ensure that we have accessories to fit every woman and prices comparable to big box and mega online stores. 

And guess what those stores don't have??  That's right, pharmacists skilled in educating breastfeeding mothers.

Therapeutic Pampering for the Body and Soul

Creating the purest products of the finest quality, Motherlove Herbal Company is dedicated to using certified organic ingredients for a holistic way to soothe, pamper and enrich the pregnant or breastfeeding body. Certified cruelty free and without the use of preservatives, artificial fragrances and petroleum-based additives (such as mineral oil) found in most body care products, Motherlove products instill confidence and peace of mind as you nurture yourself and the life within.

Used to soothe the discomforts of pregnancy and breastfeeding, and pamper the body, our products are also safe and gentle on baby's skin. Motherlove products have been proven so effective they have earned the trust and continued support of lactation consultants, midwives, healthcare practitioners and mothers everywhere.

Medications that Increase a Mother’s Milk Supply

There are several prescription and natural products that have been used to assist in initiating and maintaining lactation in women who are unable to produce breast milk on their own. The galactogogues work by different mechanisms, with the more commonly used being those which act by antagonizing dopamine receptors, thus increasing prolactin levels and enhancing milk supply. The following list if for educational purposes only and any medication or supplement to increase milk supply should be taken under a physician's orders.

Drug Name
Mechanism of Action
Usual Dose
Adverse Effects
Dopamine Antagonist
10mg PO 3xD for ~1 to 2 wks
Diarrhea, sedation, stomach upset, nausea, seizures and extrapyramidal effects
Considered therapy of choice (has the most data)
Dopamine Antagonist
10mg PO 3xD to 40mg 4xD
Rare; headache, dizziness, abdominal cramps, dry mouth, drowsiness, and allergic reactions
Compounded product available by prescription
Typical Antipsychotic
25mg PO 3xD for 1 week
Extrapyramidal reactions and weight gain
Use limited due to adverse effects
Promotes milk letdown; enhances onset of lactation
1 spray (40 U/mL) in each nostril (total 3 U oxytocin) prior to pumping
Nasal irritation, runny nose, tearing of the eyes,
Compounded product available by prescription
2 to 3 capsules 3xD
Rare; maple-like odor to urine and sweat, diarrhea, and aggravation of asthmatic symptoms
Natural Product*

*Other natural products that have been reported to increase milk production include: anise, basil, blessed thistle, caraway, chasteberry, cotton, fennel, goat’s rue, luffa, squawvine, and verbena. However, published clinical data are lacking supporting the use of these products to increase lactation.

Gabay MP. Galactogogues: medications that induce lactation. Journal of Human Lactation 2002;18(3):274-9.

Domperidone for lactation:

Domeperidone has been marketed for the use of GI disorders. One of the side effects it has is the increased production of prolactin. Prolactin stimulates the mammaries to produce milk. Domeperidone increases prolactin by interfering with the actions of dopamine. It should only be used when other causes of low milk supply have been ruled out.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to assess the efficacy of domperidone in augmenting lactation in mothers of premature infants. The results supported the study's hypothesis that Domperidone significantly increases the serum prolactin levels. The study also shows that it is a safe and effective medication for short-term use.
da Silva O., Knoppert D, Angelini M., Forret P. Effect of Domperidone on milk production in mothers of premature newborns: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Canadian Medical Association Journal;164(1): 17-21

Dr. Jack Newman
La Leche League
Stanford University School of Medicine- Breastfeeding

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or make claims of the efficacy or safety of any treatment listed above.  Any supplement intended to increase breast milk supply should be used under a medical provider's supervision.  All compounded medications for increasing breast milk must be prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider based on the patient's individual needs. 

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