*The Daily Beast has posted an interesting story about breast feeding moms who are taking drugs to help them produce more milk.
Only problem is, doctors say there’s no evidence the pills—which can pose serious health risks—actually work.
Check out what Eliza Shapiro wrote about extreme breastfeeding.
New moms across the country are popping pills meant to alleviate gastrointestinal distress—not because their stomachs hurt, but because they want more breast milk.
The drugs are typically prescribed by lactation consultants—specialists who help women cope with breastfeeding issues—who say the pills can increase prolactin, the hormone responsible for breast-milk production. But a growing chorus of doctors says there is little if any evidence that the drugs—one of which has not been approved by the FDA—are actually effective at boosting prolactin. More troubling, they say, the drugs can pose serious health risks to women who use them.
The two most popular drugs, according to medical and lactation experts, are Reglan, which has been found in rare cases to cause an irreversible facial muscle-spasm condition, and Domperidone, which is not FDA-approved and mostly found via Canadian online pharmacies. One of Reglan’s side effects, according to the FDA, is depression—a condition some new mothers are already at risk of.
While the exact number of women using the drugs is difficult to determine, the topic is hotly discussed at breastfeeding support groups like La Leche League and in online new-mother forums. On the Fertile Thoughts blog, for example, commenters have referred to Domperidone as a “wonder drug” and traded tips on where to find it. One site, BigMountainDrugs.com, was recently listing 1,000 capsules for $118, alongside advertisements for discounted Viagra.
Read/learn more at The Daily Beast.
*Now that Beyonce is a mommy, she’s trying to do the best she can to ensure her baby gets all the nutrients she needs, even in public.
The singer who’s on hiatus to raise baby Blue Ivy, was recently praised by mothers and breast feeding advocates after being spotted nursing her newborn at NYC’s Sant Ambroeus restaurant Saturday with hubby Jay-Z.
Being that she’s a global icon and busting out the boob is somewhat taboo in America, advocates say she’s basically erasing the stigma of breast feeding in public. She’s setting a good example for society, they said.
“Beyonce appears as a beautiful, loving new mother,” says Dr. Ruth Lawrence, professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. “She has dressed to carry and feed her baby when needed. She makes a model image.”
Beyonce’s decision to breast feed publicly also added to the fire for advocates who have recently been outraged by Facebook’s decision to flag or disable photos of women who are breastfeeding.
Women across the states were outraged, but feel empowered by Beyonce’s superstar example.
*Breastfeeding is supposed to be a natural next step after a child comes into the world.
It’s natural right?
Well, black women are and have been getting major heat over this decision for years.
It appears that within the last 30 years, black women have not been representing well in this area. And not only is there immense criticism, but some of the questions being, insensitively, asked are:
”Are they putting their careers before the baby thing?”
”Are they not physically able to produce the milk that breastfeeding requires?” (more…)