Induced lactation: a study of 37 non-puerperal mothers

J Trop Pediatr. 1994 Aug;40(4):240-2. doi: 10.1093/tropej/40.4.240.


Of a series of 37 non-puerperal women aged between 19 and 55 years who requested bottle feeding, 27 were known to have completed a lactation induction programme and 24 (89 per cent) of these women were known to be successfully breast feeding well nourished children. All 11 women who had never previously lactated were successful. Of the three mothers in whom induction was unsuccessful, two obtained a bottle from other sources and both their children were malnourished. This study indicates that given a high degree of motivation combined with medication, support, and encouragement, lactation induction is likely to be highly successful and may thus be an important factor in child survival.

MeSH terms

  • Adoption
  • Adult
  • Breast Feeding* / psychology
  • Chlorpromazine / pharmacology
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Lactation* / drug effects
  • Medroxyprogesterone / pharmacology
  • Metoclopramide / pharmacology
  • Middle Aged
  • Mothers / psychology
  • Motivation


  • Medroxyprogesterone
  • Metoclopramide
  • Chlorpromazine