stimulation does not appear to be a more effective method for inducing labor than
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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