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Breastfeeding After a C-Section
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storkI had a cesarean with both of my children. One thing that made it easier for me to nurse was a nursing pillow. The new one out called my Breast Friend is great for a cesarean since it makes it easy to use the football hold. Another thing that helped me in the hospital was a heating pad on my lower back, this really helped ease the "after pains" when I began nursing my daughter. ~ Kayren

storkI had a wonderful experience breastfeeding after my c-section. Like above, my husband held the baby near me while they stitched me up, but then instead of taking her to the nursery they brought the nursery to my recovery room! They had a special machine that they laid her on and I was able to watch everything! And once they were finished, I was able to try nursing her . . . not even an hour had passed since birth! Even my parents were allowed in the recovery room . . . it was very special!

My husband also slept in the regular room with us all three nights (on a very uncomfortable cot!) so she could room-in. He brought her to me whenever she needed to nurse! With patience and lots of support, a c-section should not interfere with your desire to breastfeed. ~ Jennifer & Catherine

storkI also had a c-section and was allowed to nurse in recovery but things didn't end up going so smoothly. My milk didn't come in for five days and even then I wasn't producing enough. I have a very low pain threshold (which saved my baby's life when I had an appendectomy while 5 months pregnant before my appendix should have been causing pain, and before any toxins got out) and the lactation consultant thought the pain was hurting my milk supply. My daughter wasn't gaining fast enough and I ended up having to pump after every feeding (to increase my supply) and feed her with the SNS system, through the finger since she figured out how to suck on the tube only at the breast, for over two long, exhausting months. We had to feed her like this every three hours at night and she nursed every two hours during the day for over an hour. I wasn't able to nurse while on my side until she was past 3 months old. I really thought I was going to collapse by the time she was three months old!!

Since then I've discovered, through both a test and her doc as well as the most common characteristics, that she is High Needs. And she is at the needy end of High Needs!!!!

What was my point anyway? Oh yeah, after all of that, and a lot more actually, she is a healthy, extremely happy exclusively breastfed almost 6 month old baby!! Whenever I hear someone say "I tried to breastfeed but I couldn't" I think they probably didn't try hard enough!! And I didn't even plan on breastfeeding past the first few days. The benefits were to hard to ignore!! ~ lmtsang

storkI have breastfed after two c-sections. Both were planned with spinal blocks. The first was 4 weeks early with a slow sucking reflex, I only allowed a nasal tube while he was in special care, and with perseverance he was fully breastfed at four days old. Number two was first fed about half and hour after delivery, and she was ravenous (only three weeks early). What a difference a week can make to the sucking reflex. What helped these to be positive experiences was a combination epidural-spinal which means they can leave the cannula in and give pain relief directly where it's needed. This can be left in for 2 days. It greatly relieves nearly all pain and discomfort. ~ Vivianne

storkI wanted to share my nursing/c-section info with you. When I delivered Emily on June 9th at 9:22 am . . . I did not get to hold her until 2:00 p.m. and started nursing her right away. She started out as a champion and then dwindled down. The nurses on the OB floor were so busy, they neglected to check her like she needed to be checked and I finally called my pediatrician at home and told him that something was wrong (I could not get her to wake up to feed) He came to us right away - 2:45 am and told me that her sugar was low. But what made me happy was that he supported my decision that no "sugar water" be given to her. He worked us through that problem (I also had bleeding nipples in the hospital too) The next day a wonderful nurse can in and explained to me that Emily had a very short tongue and that if I were patient, she would show me how to get the nursing down pat. I did tongue stretching techniques with her everyday and had to pump my breast milk every 2 hours and bottle feed it to her. She is now 7 weeks old and back to nursing at the breast this week, with a few added bonuses . . . she is sleeping all night and has gained a total of 4.2 lbs since birth. I want any mother to know that if you really want to breastfeed . . . there is a way to do it. I want to thank everyone here for their support! ~ Cathie & Emily

storkI have had 2 c-sections and managed to breastfeed after both, successfully. With my 2nd I actually tried to latch on the theater table with the anaesthetist co-operation but it was not as successful as I had hoped. I think its such a shock for the baby with the cold environ. and bright lights. There was then a 4 hour delay while he went to neonates and after this he latched no problem and has hardly let go since!! I found getting up and moving as soon as possible the best thing both physically and mentally and this impacted positively on the breastfeeding too. ~ Deb

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