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Can nipple stimulation induce labor ?

Breast stimulation does not appear to be a more effective method for inducing labor than synthetic oxytocin.

During  breast and nipple stimulation oxytocin is released from the brain  which results in uterine contractions. Because these contractions can  sometimes be strong enough to cause a serious drop in the fetal heart rate the practice of breast or nipple stimulation for the purpose of labor induction  is not recommended in an unmonitored setting (especially in women with high risk pregnancies).



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