Natural methods of labour induction (5) Nipple stimulation

Who thinks up this stuff?

Wife “Honey, how was your day?”
Husband (researcher) “Great, I just spent the whole day watching women stimulate their own nipples.”

(In Imaginary Land, wife just doesn’t think that’s strange at all…)

A medical centre in Israel looked at the efficacy of breast stimulation for inducing labour. They found that breast stimulation in grandmultiparas and in women with a previous cesarean section is efficacious and safe.

Another carried out at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, looked at the the value of gentle, unilateral breast stimulation in the ripening of cervix and induction of labour. Their study confirmed the efficacy of breast stimulation in cervical ripening and induction of labour.

Bottom line: nipple stimulation, go for it (better still, get your partner to do it).

REFERENCES
Segal S, Gemer O, Zohav E, Siani M, . Evaluation of breast stimulation for induction of labor in women with a prior cesarean section and in grandmultiparas. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 1995 Jan;74(1):40-1.
 Adewole IF, Franklin O, Matiluko AA. Cervical ripening and induction of labour by breast stimulation. Afr J Med Med Sci. 1993 Dec;22(4):81-5.

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