Nipple stimulation is a wonderful technique to use during the inducing or re-lactation process, and although it can be used as a stand-alone inducing method, it works especially well when used during manual expression sessions that are used in conjunction with areola massage. Because nipple stimulation releases both oxytocin and prolactin, two extremely important hormones required in the milk-making process, many women find that this additional method of inducing helps to speed up the inducing process fairly significantly. It can be a bit time-consuming, as the most effective form of this stimulation generally takes about an hour to perform. Nipple stimulation can be performed alone, or with your nursing partner’s help, and the hour of stimulation can be divided into two equal stimulation sessions spaced throughout the day. The stimulation time of 30-60 minutes includes both nipples, so you will perform this technique for 15-30 minutes on each breast.
During nipple stimulation, you will begin the process on erect nipples, and only one nipple will be stimulated at a time.
Grasp your nipple at the areola, between your thumb and index finger, and gently pull it down, before beginning to gently roll it between your thumb and finger. Stimulate the nipple for 1 minute, and then rest for 2-4 minutes. After you have rested, move to the opposite nipple, and repeat the process. When you have completed the second rest, stimulate the first nipple once more.
Continue with this alternating pattern, moving back and forth, until each nipple has been properly stimulated for a total of 15-30 minutes.