Is there any medicine to induce lactation for feeding my adopted baby?

Q. How to induce lactation to breastfeed my adopted baby?

Answered by
Dr. Sujata Mittal
and medically reviewed by Dr. Hemalatha
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 17, 2023

Hi doctor,

My wife is 36 years old and we have two male children. Now, we plan to adopt a baby girl in the next six months. As, I read an article of yours on internet about induced lactation for adoption, could you please help my wife breastfeed? Please note that one doctor prescribed Zandu satavarex, Perinorm 10 mg three a day and pumping every 2 hours. But, my wife had uneasiness due to flatulence and gas. Please note that it has been three years since she last breastfed. Thanks.



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Yes, I had a study, and it is lovely that you are adopting a baby girl. Perinorm (Metoclopramide) does cause increased intestinal motility. Well, every drug has some side effects. I recommend tablet Domperidone 10 mg twice daily empty stomach. Your wife can stop pumping as it is hurtful. Instead tickling of both breast three times a day for,three to five times will help in stimulating the nipple. Also, cumin seed water daily will help. Your wife can stop all other medications given by other doctors as it can have side effects. Also, your wife should not have liver and renal impairment. Kindly get KFT (kidney function test) and LFT (liver function test) done. Also, please inform if she is taking any medications for a heart problem or any other disease to reduce side effects. Start this minimum of 6 weeks before adopting the baby. Also, understand that the quality of the milk will not be the same as the milk produced after actual baby birth.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply,

As per your advice, my wife's report for KFT and LFT is attached. Please note, presently she is not having heart problems but taking ayurvedic medicines for colitis.

Please advise the full schedule of medicines that can help her breastfeed and how long before the adoption of the baby.



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Reports are normal. Kindly read the previous answer. All medications are written properly on them. You need to take Domperidone and cumin seeds water. Take one liter of water and 100 grams of organic cumin seeds. Boil this so that it is reduced to 1/2 liter. This water needs to be taken daily. Six weeks before adoption you need to start medications.

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