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Exploring Pharmacological Approaches for Suppressing Postpartum Milk Production


This study delves into the pharmacological options, including drugs and drug classes, commonly used globally to inhibit and suppress postpartum milk production. Drawing insights from Chinese, American, European, Russian, and Israeli scholars, the research aims to provide a comprehensive overview of medications employed by mothers who opt not to breastfeed or are unable to continue lactation.

  1. Introduction:
    • Rationale for Suppressing Milk Production: Understanding the various reasons women may choose or need to inhibit lactation.
    • Balancing Medical Considerations: Highlighting the importance of safe and effective methods for halting milk production.
  2. Chinese Scholarly Insights:
    • Cabergoline: Investigating its use and effectiveness in reducing prolactin levels and suppressing milk production.
    • Sage Tea: Examining traditional Chinese remedies, such as sage tea, known for their potential impact on lactation.
  3. American Scholarly Perspectives:
    • Bromocriptine: Analyzing its historical use and potential side effects in suppressing prolactin and reducing milk supply.
    • Cold Cabbage Leaves: Exploring non-pharmacological methods, like cold cabbage leaf application, as reported in American practices.
  4. European Scholarly Findings:
    • Dostinex (Cabergoline): Examining its use and acceptance in European contexts for its impact on prolactin levels.
    • Medicinal Sage: Investigating the traditional European use of sage for its potential influence on milk suppression.
  5. Russian Scholarly Contributions:
    • Oral Contraceptives: Studying the use of birth control pills containing estrogen and progestin to suppress lactation.
    • Hormonal Injections: Exploring injectable hormonal methods employed in Russia to halt postpartum milk production.
  6. Israeli Scholarly Research:
    • Cabergoline: Revisiting its use in the Israeli context and assessing its efficacy in suppressing lactation.
    • Traditional Herbal Remedies: Investigating herbal approaches used by Israeli mothers to reduce milk production safely.

This research consolidates global perspectives on pharmacological approaches to suppress postpartum milk production, offering valuable insights for healthcare professionals and mothers seeking safe and effective methods for lactation inhibition

Verified by: Rami Diab (December 19, 2023)

Citation: Rami Diab. (December 19, 2023). What drugs can stop breast milk?. Medcoi Journal of Medicine, 1(2). urn:medcoi:article22522.

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