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can i pump to naturally induce labor????

ok so my membranes have been stripped im due april 1st and nothing else is working....i am going to breastfeed and someone told me if i start to pump a little bit now that it could help induce labor....can i do this???? please help and if i can how can i store it and for how long

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Asked by 1-teen-mommy at 2:52 PM on Mar. 28, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • you can do it but you're not going to go into labor until your body is ready. it may cause some contractions but they'll stop when you stop. if you decide to do it, make sure you store what you pump. colustrum is the healthiest firsts for breastfeeding.

    Answer by saralouise at 2:56 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • You wont get any milk, so there is no point in storing it. You shouldn't really pump for the purpose to express breast milk.. but nipple stimulation *could* help, but nothing will work unless your body is ready. You still have a few days until your due date, and you have 2 weeks until you are actually overdue, so don't stress, the baby will come.

    Answer by celticreverie at 2:56 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • ive heard that but i agree it wont work til your body is ready

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 2:56 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • I should add, that your body wont just stop making colustrum. So you could store it, but you'll be lucky to get 2cc of colustrum right now, so really, you wouldn't have much to store, etc. and you don't want to give a bottle for the first few weeks anyways to avoid nipple confusion and by then your milk will be in etc.

    Answer by celticreverie at 2:58 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • you might get some very painful and strong contractions, and that is it. just wait. it will happen when it will happen.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:03 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • Pumping isnt recommended until at least a week AFTER baby is born. Early pumping can do harm to your body because your body isnt quite ready to make milk and it will be working in over drive to make extra colostrum. You wouldnt be able to store the little bit you would get because colostrum isnt meant to be stored. I would suggest nipple stimulation instead of pumping. It sends the same hormonal messages through your body and would have the same inducing affect. It will only work though if your body is ready. Im 2 days overdue and Ive tried it all, walking, sex, nipple stimulation, pineapple..Nothing works unless your body is ready to let it. Good Luck with your new little one =)

    Answer by imamommmmyyy at 3:51 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • Your baby needs that colostrum....not a good idea

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:12 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • I've read that pumping and nipple stimulation is NOT a reccomended way to induce. It can cause hard contractions that could be dangerous for the baby. Try walking. Also, having sex or masturbating is a good way to start labor. Good luck :)

    Answer by ilovemybabiez at 7:53 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • You can do regular nipple stimulation. Google it. I did it with my 2nd and went into labor 2 days later.


    Answer by Mazie0723 at 8:47 PM on Mar. 28, 2009

  • If your membranes have already been stripped your cervix has dilated that much that it has been possible in the first place. Softer way to naturally induce labor than pumping is maternity acupressure. it's good method to get your cervix to dilate if if has not effaced and effective to get your labor started (contractions). You can find more info at

    Answer by HannahW515 at 8:25 AM on Mar. 29, 2009

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