Pumping to induce labor?? - page 2

by Schmoo1022

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A friend of mine who is 8 days overdue, was told by her midwife that pumping with a breast pump can help induce labor. It makes sense to me, but that is the first I ever heard of it. Anyone familiar with this? Thanks!... Read More


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    I had both of my boys early (5.2 weeks early) and my OB/GYN told me that I should avoid nipple stimulation and sex once I started having contractions (1st baby at 32 wks and second baby at 21 wks). He said that it could bring on more contractions because I was starting to dialate so early.

    I would think that (my personal opinion) if you do that you COULD bring on labor if your body is ready.

    Again, this is just my personal oppinion. Tell her good luck with the birth and new baby.
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    Quote from Aneroo
    I've heard this as well, but heard it was not recommended- what I heard was you would waste your colostrum? (Did I even spell that right? ) Anyone heard of this?
    The only thing I did to help induce my labor was being admitted and having some pit pumped into me. :roll I tried just about everything else (except jumping on a trampoline, b/c I don't think I could get on or off of it)
    No wast involved as breast milk is produced on a supply and demand. To release oxytocins you nees to express for 20 to 30 mins hand expressing is fine ans usally more effective than a pump in early days of expressing it is important to use the right technique for effective release of hormones if steril pot is used the colostrom can be saved to give to babe in the early days to help with breast feeding.
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    We actually just got a midwife recently that wrote a protocol on nipple stimulation. Of all the inductions I've seen that have used liek cervidil/cooks foley balloon, nipple stimulation was enough for them to jump start labor and deliver, no pitocin involved. Just last night we had a delivery that was a post term cervidil induction during the night and then in the morning she started with nipple stim and that was all it took for her! They just did nipple stimulation or breastpumping for so long every 15 minutes. We've had quite the successful stories with that so far!
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    i am 39 weeks and 50 % effaced i am about 3 centimeters and my contractions have stopped completly. i tried walking, castor oil, blue and black cohosh and nothing . so i have me a breast pump im going to try it and see ill leave a comment of how it turns out.
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    Quote from tam2010
    i am 39 weeks and 50 % effaced i am about 3 centimeters and my contractions have stopped completly. i tried walking, castor oil, blue and black cohosh and nothing . so i have me a breast pump im going to try it and see ill leave a comment of how it turns out.
    We cannot give medical advice.

    You're only 39 weeks. It sounds to me like your baby is not ready to come yet.

    You need to talk to your doctor or midwife about taking potentially dangerous herbs to bring on labor. Induction should be done in a controlled setting with regular monitoring of baby's wellbeing.

    Just because they're herbs does not mean they're not potentially dangerous (and I am a former herbalist, so I'm not just speaking as a medically-minded ignoramus of all things natural).
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    Quote from klone
    We cannot give medical advice.

    You're only 39 weeks. It sounds to me like your baby is not ready to come yet.

    You need to talk to your doctor or midwife about taking potentially dangerous herbs to bring on labor. Induction should be done in a controlled setting with regular monitoring of baby's wellbeing.

    Just because they're herbs does not mean they're not potentially dangerous (and I am a former herbalist, so I'm not just speaking as a medically-minded ignoramus of all things natural).
    Nowhere in her post did she ASK for medical advice.
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    You're right, it just felt like that's where it was heading, seeing as how this is her first post here.


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