BREAST MAS­SAGE

Your Pregnancy - - Q&A Month 8 - Tina Otte Mid­wife, child­birth ed­u­ca­tor and spe­cial­ist ed­i­tor of Your Preg­nancy

Q: Some­one told me if you mas­sage your breasts dur­ing labour your con­trac­tions will come stronger and faster. Is this true?

A: Tina says: Nip­ple stim­u­la­tion dur­ing labour will cause a stronger re­lease of the hor­mone oxy­tocin. This is the hor­mone that causes the uterus to con­tract and is also re­spon­si­ble for the let-down re­flex mothers have dur­ing breast­feed­ing. So yes, labour may be stronger if you stim­u­late your nip­ples.

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