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Nipple stimulation to induce labor? ~RJ~DG~AS~ 4 kids; Conroe, Texas 16669 posts
6th Apr '09

So with out making this post too long, my OB wants me to try natural induction methods, she went over what she wanted me to do last week, so we can have this baby by 38 weeks (medical reasons). She wants to avoid a pitocin induction if possible because of stents I have in my kidney (worried that the strength and frequency of them would dislodge them) As of today I am a stretchable 4cm dilated which I have come to determine thanks to the ladies on here :) means I am soft enough to be stretched to 4cm and I am still 75% effaced. At the appointment today she stressed again how walking and sex will help get things going, but nipple stimulation is more than likely a sure thing, she showed me how to properly use a breast pump for stimulation at her office, well I got home, and was going to try it, but I am scared shitless of my breast pump ( don't know why, just intimidates me I guess) But I was just wondering if any of you ladies used nipple stimulation with or without a breast pump to get your labor going. If you did how long did it take to get you into active labor? and how were your contractions? because I read online that nipple stimulation brings on hard strong contractions, kind of like pitocin, (don't know if it is true) but that got me thinking if it is, and my dr wants to try and avoid the fast pace and strength of contractions that pitocin brings on, why if nipple stimulation causes similar ones would she want me to do that? I'm confused... :(

user banned New York 15996 posts
6th Apr '09

youre body is not going to go into labor if it isnt ready

Uh-Nis-Uh [EBF] 2 kids; West Virginia 15190 posts
6th Apr '09

My doctor told me NOT to do nipple stimulation. :?

Roslyn88 1 child; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3134 posts
6th Apr '09

Hmm...I think no matter what you do, a baby will not come until it is ready. IMO all those things can help speed the process once you are in early labor. Plus, i have heard from my OB that nipple stimulation can cause really intense contractions and can be dangerous. He said it should only be done in the doctors office/hospital...i am not sure how accurate he is though, i am just stating what he said when i was preggo.

L and K's Mommy 2 kids; 2 angel babies; South Carolina 5732 posts
6th Apr '09

I was also told nipple stimulation could be dangerous... but if your doctor is telling you to do it, then I guess it is ok. I would just be careful. Maybe try walking and sex first. However, your baby will not come until he is ready!

~RJ~DG~AS~ 4 kids; Conroe, Texas 16669 posts
6th Apr '09
Quoting Roslyn88:
Uh-Nis-Uh [EBF] 2 kids; West Virginia 15190 posts
6th Apr '09
Quoting Crista+Peter=Raven 21Days:
~RJ~DG~AS~ 4 kids; Conroe, Texas 16669 posts
6th Apr '09
Quoting Chelsea *Team Blue*:
Aubrey's Momma{OLS} 17 kids; Georgia 3425 posts
6th Apr '09

I heard the nipple stimulation can cause very strong contractions that can make the babys heart rate drop, Im not sure when they are actually safe to do..

~RJ~DG~AS~ 4 kids; Conroe, Texas 16669 posts
6th Apr '09
Quoting adrian's_mommy:
~RJ~DG~AS~ 4 kids; Conroe, Texas 16669 posts
6th Apr '09
Quoting Aubrey's mom Sam:
littleflowerchild Due November 15; Arizona 1 posts
27th May '09

Do not try this!!! I did this with my first child a couple days before I was due. I went into labor the SAME NIGHT after doing stimulation during the day. I went into viloent contractions, my labor was short, I had to have an episiotomy, and my 6lb 4oz. daughter got stuck on my cervix for almost an hour. I barely escaped having a c-section. This is not wise to try at home...