My Funny Reglan
I went into the
emergency room with some kind of acute intestinal distress - I
was having cramping that rivaled labor, so figured I'd best get
it checked out. The doctor couldn't find anything wrong, but
gave me a little packet of pills to take. I asked what they
were, he told me "metoclopramide", and told me a little bit
about the effects it has on the stomach and intestines. I was
groggy from being sick and vomiting, and didn't put it together
that metoclopramide is the generic name for Reglan (which I knew
about from researching milk supply boosters). He didn't ask if I
was breastfeeding, so I told him. It didn't seem to be a
concern. He also didn't ask if I have a history of depression,
which is a major side-effect of Reglan. But this is a funny
story, so I'll leave my doctors lack of information out of it.
Oh, and by the way, the dose for GI distress is about 5 times
what you'd take to increase milk supply...
The funny part is that the next day,
once my gut felt better, my breasts began to swell. I mean,
seriously, so you could see it, they were growing! I got my
daughter to nurse (she was about 11 or 12 months, so I could
just say "hey honey, want some milk" and she'd come over).
Then they were swelling again! I was getting seriously engorged
for the first time since I'd had a newborn! My daughter
was getting full! My son was weaned! I ended up pumping a
bit to get through the day, and finally the drugs wore off -
phew! But it took about 24 hours, and I had to dig around to
find some pads to put in my bra!
The next day I called that poor
unfortunate doctor, who got an earful about breastfeeding, milk
supply, Reglan, and the fact that maybe he should know a little
bit more about the drugs he's prescribing.....
Poor guy, but now maybe he knows