Pumping To Induce Labor: 6 Easy And Proven Steps How To Do It
It has been proven by many moms around the world that pumping can really induce labor. But how do we properly pump to induce labor? This is the real question.
Since many mothers around the world have used this technique yet only a few have given inputs on how to do it properly to really work to your advantage.
In this article, we will talk about the seven simple steps how to properly pump your breasts to induce labor. These steps have been proven by many moms around the world and really worked and helped them induce labor.
But before anything else, ask clearance from your OB-Gynecologist or midwife if it is safe for you and your baby if you do breast pumping procedures to induce labor.
What’s In Breast Pumping That It Can Induce Labor?
According to howtoadult.com, “this process involves gently massaging the nipple and the areola, in a firm, yet gentle, circular motion, which simulates the suckling of a baby and tricks a woman's body into thinking it is breastfeeding.”
The website adds that breast pumping can make your body produce the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin, according to medicalnewstoday.com, is a hormone that “increases uterine motility, making the muscles of the uterus (womb) contract” during labor.
Doctors or Obstetrician-Gynecologists, in particular, use synthetic oxytocin to medically induce labor.
According to babycenter.com.au, “in a study, 37 percent women who had tried nipple stimulation (breast pumping in general) went into labor within 72 hours compared to just six percent of those who had not.”
Steps To Properly Pump Your Breast
Step 1: Choose What Breast Pump That Suits Best
Electric Pump Pros and Cons
- Easy to use and quicker the result
- Expensive and more complex
This step is important so that you can select which of the two kinds of the pump is easier for you to handle and not painful for you to use.
Step 2: Cover Your Breasts With Warm Towel
Cover your breasts with a towel soaked in warm water.
Although our aim here is not to make your breasts produce milk, but we need to warm up your breasts so that it won’t be painful anymore when you pump them.
Warmer temperature tends to open up our pores. According to discovergoodnutrition.com, “when our skin is on the warmer side, our pores actually begin to open up. ” When our nipples’ pores or opening are already slightly opened, our breasts will feel less pressure when pumping, thus it helps to lessen the pain pumping brings. Especially to first-time moms.
Aside from that, warm water prevents your nipples from becoming irritated by the stimulation.
Step 3: Start With The First Breast
Uncover the breast where you want to pump first after 5 minutes of wrapping it with warm towel. Place the breast pump shield on it and begin pumping for 15 minutes.
To first time moms, begin pumping at a slower and gentler pace, since your breasts are still having their first time experience producing milk. It could be a little bit painful if you immediately put them on a hard work.
Step 4: Apply This Step On The Other Breast
If you’re done with the first breast, apply the third step on your second breast and cover again your first breast with the warm towel.
However, when the 15 minutes is not yet through and you notice a contraction, stop the procedure immediately. You can resume the step when the contraction passes.
Note: Your breasts might produce little or no milk when doing this procedure. However, milk production for pumping to induce labor is not necessary to produce oxytocin here.
Step 5: Observe For Contractions
When you’re done with the first four steps, pull out the breast pump shield and cover again your breasts with a warm towel. Observe if there is already contraction you feel.
If contractions are already regular and stay a minute and come back again after 3 minutes or so, stop the process. This means you have achieved your goal in just one trial. And your baby might come out soon enough.
Step 6: Repeat The Process
However, if at first trial you don’t feel any contraction, or if the contractions are irregular, try to repeat the process, pumping your breasts one at a time for 15 minutes. Try this for two to three hours with 20 minutes break each process.
Do this process at least twice a day for two days only. As according to marasworld.com, “if you aren’t having contractions at least every 4-5 min apart on your” for two days, then the process is futile, so better yet discontinue it so that you won’t irritate or bruise your breasts.
Remember that when the process works the contractions will stay even after the breast pumping is halted.
However, there are pregnant women who find that the contractions will be felt when the process of breast pumping is ongoing but when they stop the process, the contraction will stop as well.
Don’t panic. This is how the breast pumping process usually acts first. As you go on with the process, you will realize your body is doing the contraction by itself as your breast pumping process has already released the hormone oxytocin.
Additionally, according to Mayo Clinic as pointed out by romper.com, “further research is needed to evaluate these techniques' safety and effectiveness, particularly in women who have high-risk pregnancies.”
High-risk pregnancies could include but not limited to having gestational diabetes, high-blood pressure or a mother expecting twins or more.
So it is safe to say that women who have high-risk pregnancies should avoid using this technique. However, if your OB-Gyne gives you clearance to do so, provided he or she is nearby or he or she himself/herself is doing the procedure to you, then it sure will go fine.
There are many natural techniques an expecting mom could try to induce labor and one of these techniques is the breast pumping method.
However, any way to induce labor must be based upon the approval of your trusted doctor or midwife to have your delivery be safe and successful.
It is good to have knowledge on how to do breast pumping method properly to avoid any complications that may arise if you’re not doing it correctly.
Remember that complications by not doing the proper procedure of breast pumping to induce labor can vary from ordinary breasts irritation and bruises to as harmful as further labor aggravation.
So it’s best to be informed and be guided.
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