Metoclopramide for increasing breast milk supply (1703)

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Reason for prescribing

Metoclopramide is a medicine often used for vomiting or gastrointestinal esophageal reflux (GER). It is also used to increase breast milk supply. Reglan can help release more prolactin hormone.

Prolactin is a hormone released from your brain after childbirth. It travels in your blood to the breast cells. In the breast cells, Prolactin stimulates milk to be produced during breastfeeding or pumping.


How and when to give the medicine

Your doctor or nurse will tell you how and when to take this medicine. If you have questions, ask the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Day 1: Take 1 tablet

Day 2: Take 2 tablets. One in the morning and one in the evening.

Days 3 to 10: Take 3 tablets. One in the morning, one mid-day and one in the evening.

Day 11: Take 2 tablets. One in the morning and one in the evening. 

Day 12: Take 1 tablet

How to take this medicine

This medicine may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take it with food or milk. It is best to take it the same way each time.

Possible side effects

No side effects for babies have been reported when breastfeeding mothers are taking this medicine. Possible side effects include:

If you have these or other side effects, tell the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

General information:

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Call your doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if you have:

  • Any side effects.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.