08/07/2012 10:32 am ET

Breastfeeding Pills' Risky Results

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.

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