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Odd question, unsure of where to post...

Okay so, I'm not pregnant (yet!), but I have a question about delivery. During labor, your body releases a hormone called oxytocin. This is the same hormone that is releases when you breastfeed, so potentially...if you decided to trying pumping (not that I think that's a good idea) when you're full term, would it release enough oxytocin to put you into labor??? The thought just struck me earlier (notice I said THOUGHT, not IDEA TO DO IT), and thought I'd see if anyone knew...

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:12 PM on Nov. 6, 2008 in Pregnancy

Answers (7)
  • actually nipple stimulation (which is how the hormone is released during nursing) is one of the at home self induction methods.

    Answer by flutterfae at 8:13 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • actually a lot of miwifes, and pastdue mommies use pumping as a way to naturally induce labor. it takes a looong time though

    Answer by VictinaG at 8:14 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • from what i hear

    Answer by VictinaG at 8:14 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • YES!

    Answer by amydh at 8:15 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • Well thanks, that definitely answered my question ladies! I'm so glad I found cafemom, lol seriously!

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:18 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • glad to have you here :) LOL

    this is a great place when people stick to facts and not their opinions ;o)

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:23 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

  • yes yes and yes. You can use a pump to try to induce labor, or do like 3 hours a day of nipple stimulation.

    Answer by prettyrayray at 9:19 PM on Nov. 6, 2008

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