Can nipple stimulation cause premature labor?
I have nursed through 2 full term pregnancies; 1 miscarriage; and just onto my 4th pregnancy of nursing. One of my pregnancies was even tandem nursing through to the 7th month, when DS1 self weaned due to the change over to colostrum.
The basic "rule" is that baby will come when baby is ready. I tried every old wives tale in the book to start labor but it didn't happen until it was time! I wouldn't worry.
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That having been said, I do agree that the nipple stimulation I used was double-pumping with an electric breast pump, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off for two hours. I don't think that the stimulation you get during sex would really do much of anything.
Continuous nipple stimulation can cause contractions but you don't have to worry about it in sex. It takes serious stimulation (20 min on 20 min off for a long time), way more than your DH is going to be interested in :-)
You don't have to use the breast pump to cause the contractions though. When I was wanting to go into labor with my third, I was able to cause contractions from stimulating in the shower but the contractions would taper off when I stopped massaging them.
AKSharon - WOW on the placental abruption. That would be so scary. The contractions with nipple stimulation are not any harder than those caused by any other self induction method and are considerably less than contractions during actual active labor or those caused by medical induction. I have never heard any old wives tales saying not to use nipple stimulation to induce. It seems a lot less dangerous than most other methods.
With baby 2 I was desperate to start labor and tried every method I could. I did get some contractions from nipple stimulation, but they stopped when I stopped. Sex seemed to bring on the longest and hardest contractions, but I still didn't go into labor because of it, just duped myself out of some much needed sleep....because of the contractions, not the sex. lol.