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Pumping breastmilk to induce labour and colostrum..?

(7 Posts)
PRIVATEPEANUT Fri 27-Jul-07 10:31:58

This might be a stupid question but I am 41 weeks and just used my breastpump to stimulate my nipples to try and bring on labour.
Quite a lot of colostrum came out and now I'm concerned that there won't be any for the baby. I know that this is not the case when you pump 'normal' breastmilk and it actually inceases supply but is this the case with colostrum too.?

Leati Fri 27-Jul-07 10:44:17


What to expect when you are expecting advises women against breast stimulation. It also says that you will have to stimulate for a really long time. I would try something else. I dont know about the colostrum but I think it should be okay.

lulumama Fri 27-Jul-07 10:45:34

nipple stim , with a breast pump is recommended by lots of other books/ articles as a way to stimulate and strenghten contractions

your baby won;t run out of colostrum if you are leaking any now...

PRIVATEPEANUT Fri 27-Jul-07 10:53:06

I have tried reflexology, pineapple, curries, clary sage and raspberry leaf tea..! I know that you have to do the breast massage for a while but I thought I'd give it a try as I had the house to myself for a morning but I think I'll shelve it for now.
Thanks for the advice ladies, sounds like I should stop worrying about the colostrum because either way, what's done is done....

Leati Fri 27-Jul-07 10:56:46

Nipple stimulation can be used to make the uterus cramp. This is useful after the baby is born to help the placenta separate from the uterus, or after the placenta is delivered to help the uterus contract and decrease postpartum bleeding. The same effect will happen if you place the baby on the breast to breastfeed -- the sucking will make the uterus cramp. Mom will feel these cramps when she breastfeeds.

But nipple stimulation (by rolling or rubbing the nipples) is not advised because it can cause cramps or contractions, or even bring on labor (premature or term). These cramps are usually mild, but strong and frequent contractions could stress your baby.

Other causes of uterine cramping in the third trimester include orgasm, breast and nipple stimulation by your partner, dehydration, urinary tract infections, and labor. When you shower, it's better to direct the water toward your back rather than toward your breasts.

You should notify your midwife or doctor if you have regular uterine contractions (four to six cramps or contractions in an hour) if you are less than 36 weeks pregnant. Drink lots of water and urinate frequently.

Leati Fri 27-Jul-07 11:00:20

I am not trying to tell you one way or the other...I just want to give you all the info. I also saw other articles that said it was okay.

preggersagain Fri 27-Jul-07 11:02:34

go for it! at 41 weeks its time to get that baby out! the colostrum will keep being produced until the hormone cocktail changes when you actually give birth!

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