Breastfeeding after a C-Section

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By Elizabeth McGee

After your baby is born and you hear the first furious wail, you yearn nothing more than to have the baby brought to you for feeding …right that instant.

Unfortunately for moms who just had a c-section, breastfeeding is not always instantaneous. Don’t be surprised that, despite your protests, loud or otherwise, when your baby is first delivered, the baby is taken into a separate room from yours. This is not uncommon. Many hospitals, following a c-section, wheel the baby out of the operating room while the doctors focus on the reparation process for mom.

Sadly, it is also because of the c-section that some hospitals allow the mother to recuperate while the newborn naturally falls into a deep sleep. However, this prolonged separation can be avoided by firmly requesting that you breastfeed your baby immediately after surgery.

Most new mothers are given a series of painkillers and antibiotics after the birth, these may affect your milk but not to worry, these drugs are safe for breastfeeding mothers and their newborn infants. The worst part of trying to breastfeed immediately after surgery is that your baby may tend to be a bit sleepier than normal, however a simple nudge on baby’s cheek will keep her awake long enough to feed.

One of the things that can be most difficult for c-section moms trying to breastfeed are the breastfeeding positions. While the traditional cradle hold works well for a mom who gave birth vaginally, it provides a challenge after having had a c-section as the sore and throbbing incision might prevent you from holding your baby the conventional way.

Try the football hold or lie on your side while breastfeeding as this position will not aggravate your wound. If you continue to feel uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to consult with a lactation nurse. They are specially trained to help you find positions that are most comfortable while also providing you with help and strategies that will encourage you to continue with your breastfeeding without becoming discouraged and giving up.

When you and baby arrive at home, it’s ideal to have someone there to help you with house work and chores, because frankly, those who went through a c-section have a harder time recovering. Lifting your baby will be tough enough without having to worry about housework and chores as well.

As you continue to breastfeed you will find that it is an extremely comforting process for both you and your baby. Most mothers confess that they love the bonding; it’s a time to allow your body to relax and heal.

As your body continues to heal and life begins to pick up speed, resist the temptation to regard breastfeeding as a chore; instead continue to use your feeding time with baby as precious bonding moments. It’s the least you can do for your baby and your body.

About Elizabeth McGee

Elizabeth is the owner and author of the Worry Free C-Section recovery and planning guide. Her website and blog provides information, products and support for women expecting to have a c-section or who are recovering from cesarean surgery. Download her free C-Section Tips and ‘Feel Better guide at

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