I was having a conversation with my friend about breastfeeding in front of our 2 year olds. She made the comment that she is already using the pump to "prepare" her breasts, so it reduces soreness and quickens recovery after birth.
Is this normal? Is it healthy to pump your breasts before the baby is even born? I was always told that nipple stimulation could induce labor so it's best not to until you're full term/trying to naturally induce.
Yikes! I've always been told the same thing. Did she clear it with her OB first?
I'm not sure, I didn't respond to that part of her message, I wanted to look into it first. She has two other kids, so I'm assuming she did the same with them, and she's not an uneducated person...so I'm not sure! But I've definitely never heard of doing this before. It's a question I want to ask my OB at my next appt. for sure.
It is thought nipple stimulation releases oxytocin and can kick start labor but so can sex ..i would defiantly not pump before it is just colostrum . My grandma said to scub the nipples with a washcloth to harden them up but nothing can prepare you. Mine were cracked, bleeding, and torn but i sucked it up have been breastfeeding for 2 yrs now.