Breast (nipple) stimulation is an evidence based option to help induce spontaneous labor!
How does it work?
Massaging the nipples release oxytocin hormone. Oxytocin is responsible to initiate the labor! If you can boost the oxytocin, you may have a fast-track lane to labor!
How does it look like?
Pick your way (partner, breast pump, yourself)
Stimulate one breast at a time
Limit constant stimulation to 5 minute intervals and wait 15 minutes in between
Make a pause during contractions and continue in between
Stop nipple stimulation once your contractions are 5 minutes apart and the strength is increasing
Don’t try it until week 39 cause it’s honestly & truly effective way!
P.S. Stalled labor? Give it a try, too!
What the research says?
“It is a natural method that requires no cost and tool, and it can be performed at any time and place depending on a pregnant woman’s own initiative.
In the systematic review analysis of 6 trials consisting of 719 women by Kavanagh et al. involving a comparison of the effect of breast stimulation with no intervention, they found a significantly low number of women who were NOT in labor at 72 hours after the stimulation (62.7% vs 93.6%; relative risk, 0.67; 95% confidence interval, 0.60 to 0.74). <…> The minimum breast stimulation time to induce spontaneous labor was reported to be 1 hour each day for 3 days.”