April 20, 2001, Newsletter Issue #20: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy

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Because the uterus is different during early pregnancy than it is at term or immediately postpartum, breastfeeding at this time is not as dangerous as many are led to believe. It contains far fewer oxytocin receptor sites. That is, it takes a lot more oxytocin to trigger labour than it does at full term. It is thought that this may be why inducing labor using intravenous oxytocin sometimes fails: the uterus is not ready.

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