Nipple stimulation with the use of a breast pump can help you induce labor. The reason why it works is because rubbing the nipples triggers the production of Oxytocin, the hormone that is in charge of causing contractions. Although this can be done with a breast pump, the truth is that this method of inducing labor has been practiced for centuries.
Keep in mind that this method works only when your body is ready to go into labor and the cervix has already started to dilate. If your body isn’t ready, it isn’t going to work.
How to Use a Breast Pump to Start Labor
Here’s a quick guide that will help you in the process of inducing labor with a breast pump. The only things you’ll need are a towel and a breast pump.
- To start, you need to warm up your breasts. The easiest way to do so is to soak a towel in warm water and then put it on your breasts for about 5 minutes.
- Take the towel off of one breast and cover it with your breast pump shield.
- Now start pumping that breast for about 10-15 minutes, after which you cover the breast again with the warm towel and repeat the process with the other. Remember that you should keep the towel on the breast you are not pumping.
- Repeating this process will start producing contraction s in around 30 minutes.
Now you need to keep a check on your contractions, if they start to be less frequent, you can pump again five minutes each breasts.
Can I Do It Manually?
Yes, it takes a bit more of work, but it’s the way it has been done for years. If you want to do it manually, follow this process:
- Like the breast pump process, begin by putting a warm towel on both breasts.
- Uncover one breast and grasping the areola, rub your nipples in a circular motion, imitating the natural suckling of a baby.
- After about 10 minutes you should feel the contraction. Stop right there.
- After 15 minutes repeat the process.
Once the contractions last 1 minute or longer, stop stimulating the nipple.
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