Nipple Stimulation To Induce Labour – 7 Steps To Get Started

Nipple Stimulation To Induce Labour - 7 Steps To Get Started

Want to learn how to do nipple stimulation to induce labour?

Some women successfully use nipple stimulation to speed up pre-labour, as well as to help the uterus contract back down after the birth.

Nipple stimulation can also be used during labour to strengthen contractions.

It’s also very useful for labouring women when contractions have slowed or stopped.

In addition, nipple stimulation can cause contractions to become more effective by making them stronger and longer.

Nipple Stimulation To Induce Labour

Nipple stimulation should mimic the motion of a suckling newborn.

When your nipples are stimulated in this way, the hormone oxytocin is released into your body.

Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for uterine contractions during

7 Steps For Nipple Stimulation To Induce Labour

#1: Only stimulate one nipple at a time.
#2: Use your thumb and forefinger to gently roll your nipple.
#3: Start with your thumb and forefinger at the areola, and gently pull down over the nipple. This should cause the nipple to become erect.
#4: Continue to stimulate the nipple for about a minute once erect.
#5: Take a break for 2-4 minutes.
#6: Then repeat the above steps on your other nipple.
#7: After you’ve waited another 2-4 minutes, repeat on the original nipples. Repeat this process.

Nipple stimulation can be achieved by hand, orally or using a pump.

You can stimulate your own nipples, or ask your partner to do it during labour.

If you’re breastfeeding an existing child, each feed will stimulate the nipples in the same way.

If your nipples feel sore and tender, you may find that lubrication helps to ease the discomfort of nipple stimulation.

A natural nipple butter, coconut oil or a few drops of breast milk will work well as lubrication.

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  1. There is zero evidence to support this or any other so-called “natural” induction. In fact some, like castor oil, are actually harmful. The only thing which shows any evidence is membrane sweep and even that is only 50% effective. Much better would be to educate women on the real stats on the consequences of going “overdue”, as well as the role of fear and stress in damping down the effect of oxytocin.


      “Six randomised controlled trials were included in the analysis involving 719 women. When trials comparing breast stimulation with no intervention were analysed there was a significant reduction in the number of women not in labour at 72 hours (62.7% versus 93.6%, relative risk (RR) 0.67, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.60 – 0.74).”

      “Inducing with castor oil isn’t safe.”

      “According to this study on ‘the effect of late pregnancy consumption of date fruit on labour and delivery’: “We set out to investigate the effect of date fruit (phoenix dactylifera) consumption on labour parameters and delivery outcomes… 69 women consumed six date fruits per day for 4 weeks prior to their estimated date of delivery, compared with 45 women who consumed none… The women who consumed date fruit: Had significantly higher mean cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit consumers (3.52 cm vs 2.02 cm, p < 0.0005) Had a significantly higher proportion of intact membranes (83% vs 60%, p = 0.007). Spontaneous labour occurred in 96% of those who consumed dates, compared with 79% women in the non-date fruit consumers (p = 0.024). Use of prostin/oxytocin (for inducing/augmenting labour) was significantly lower in women who consumed dates (28%), compared with the non-date fruit consumers (47%) (p = 0.036). The mean latent phase of the first stage of labour was shorter in women who consumed date fruit compared with the non-date fruit consumers (510 min vs 906 min, p = 0.044)."

      1. Thanks for posting these! The date study’s a bit small, but also: dates are delicious candy fruit with lots of fiber and minerals, and the amount recommended is not big enough to raise concerns about too much sugar unless you’re diabetic. I did per the parameters of the study and I delivered at 37w3d – earlier than I wanted to!

        Also – I recall reading on the Mayo Clinic site I think that acupuncture might be indicated as well. They don’t know WHY it works, but it seems to.

        Also for any mamas reading this before your due date: I know it’s tough, but it’s really really better for the little one to stay in until after! One of the last things to develop is coordinated sucking – nursing can be much more of a challenge with early term babies. Babies born before 39 weeks have higher NICU admission rates and overall just aren’t quite finished cooking. If there’s no medical indication for induction, sit tight!

        Also 50% of babies come by 40 weeks, and 75% by 41. Hang in there, you’re very likely close!

      2. Wow, thanks for this info! These studies are really interesting. I had no idea that nipple stimulation might reduce a healthy woman’s risk of hemorrhage. I was looking for some info like this.

    2. Zero is a very absolute number. There are plenty of studies that indicate some of these methods work, at least some of the time.

    3. It would all depend on the woman I suppose. Nipple stimulation with a breast pump helped speed along my delivery with my son and is helping with my daughter as we speak, then again you might be one to claim that midwives are just a crock and not real doctors, maybe you should come talk to mine they have many different suggestions on how to NATURALLY iduce labor with out tons of medical intervention including membrane sweep. There are proven ways although it does state in any research that these methods are NOT GUARENTEED to work for everyone.

    4. There may not be any evidence but this I know…..It worked extremely well for me….my water broke….I was having NO labor pains….I go to the hospital and the nurse actually tells me to try the nipple stimulation Kama something that a lady and my church that is a mother-of-four recommended for me because my labor pains with my three previous children were never consistent. I was very happy that the nurse agreed that that’s what I should do so I did I got in the shower and all I did was rub one side and I felt the labor pain and then I rub the other side with my Knuckles and felt the labor pain and then I got out of the shower and got in the bed and my labor pains went away. So 2 hours later the nurse told me why don’t you go and get in the shower and do that again because it seem to be working for you. So I get in the shower and I rubbed one side with my knuckles for less than a minute and I was looking for the cord to pull for the Emergency because I felt like my baby was going to fall out of me. I get in the bed and 10 minutes later I had a baby. So there may not be any evidence but I’m totally convinced that it can work.

    5. It worked for me with my third child. I went from having very random, hours apart contractions to three minutes apart in a matter of 10 minutes after nipple stimulation. Baby was born three hours almost to the minute later.

  2. I have 4 children and used the nipple simulation technique to induce labor and am on my 5th pregnancy and as we speak the nipple stimulation worked for ALL my pregnancies. Definitely is working as we speak.

  3. Nipple stimulation helped bring on my labour with my daughter at 39w6d, and I used continual nipple stimulation through labour (up until the real pushing started) and my doctor/midwife and nurses were surprised that it was such a short labour (6h 17m) seeing as it was my first and so far only child. Also, on a scale of 1-10, the pain was maybe a 3.5 (again surprising the medical staff) and I credit it to the nipple stimulation. My doctor said that nipple stimulation is completely safe AFTER 37 weeks to start labour, and she even directed me on how to do it. When I lost my mucous plug, I used it to help bring things along.

    Perhaps the original commenter needs to do some research….

    1. Melody, what did you use to stimulate the nipple and for how long? I’m 40weeks today and could use the help.

  4. I’m 38w1d today and I’m wondering whether I should start trying induction methods now so that I don’t get past 39w

  5. I used this method over 20 yrs ago and it worked perfectly. I was 4 days over, sat in a chair and started to massage my nipples . Instantly I started to get intense Braxton Hicks contractons and within 5 mins I was gettign painful contractions. Went to the toilet and my water broke in there , then it was full steam ahead and off to the hospital.That was with my 3rd son. With my 1st was massaging my nipples to prepare them for breastfeeding and getting braxton hicks doing it. Doctor told me to stop that straight away as I was not near my birth date at all.

  6. I am 37 weeks and 2 days and started having contractions earlier this week Im very uncomfortable been to the hospital twice and only had 4 and hour so sent me home. Is nipple stimulation safe for me to do right now or should I wait it out till 38 weeks

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