Q&A: Can I Try Out My Breast Pump?

Is it bad to try out my breast pump while I'm still pregnant?
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ByJack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician
Updated
Mar 2017
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Yes. Nipple stimulation increases oxytocin levels, which could make your uterus contract. Oxytocin is actually the hormone they use in hospitals to induce labor. Meaning: Pumping while pregnant could potentially trigger premature labor. If you need a breast pump (you might not, unless you’ll be returning to work outside the home), save the test-drive for after baby arrives.

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