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Could you be more specific about why going into labor is not an option for you, hormone-wise? Are you saying you do not go into labor at all, naturally, given time and a chance? And this also interferes with your milk coming in? Not all women who have surgical births have such a long period before milk comes in. Is there a thyroid problem?
Pumping before the birth will not cause milk to come in sooner. while the baby and placenta are still in utero, your hormone state is such that bfing hormones are prevented from kicking in. Once the placenta is out, everything changes. Pumping before birth, if you are "ripe," (near due date) can stimulate labor to either kick in, or intensify.
Once you do give birth, either naturally or by c-surgery, pumping every hour or two can, of course, help your milk to come in sooner. Esp if the baby is not a vigorous nurser, or not latching on wll.