The bitter truth about breastfeeding after a c-section surgery!

Breastfeeding is a bitter sweet experience for all women and this only gets harder if you were to sit up and feed your newborn after a c-section surgery. Recovering from a c-section is a long process; add to that the famous breastfeeding woes and you are sure to turn into a banshee.

While there is no doubt that you can breastfeed after your surgery, there are some pointers you need to keep in mind to make your nursing journey beautiful right from the beginning.

1. You can breastfeed right after birth

Breastfeeding soon after your c-section surgery is not an impossible task. It is possible to breastfeed your newborn right after birth if you receive an epidural anesthesia, rather than a general one during the surgery. And thank your lucky stars; most hospitals today give an epidural anesthesia. So, all you need is a little help from your nurse or husband for that first latch-on and there is no stopping you afterward.

2. Painkillers can affect your milk supply

If you are not producing enough milk in the initial days, blame it all on the pain killers and antibiotics you were loaded with, post surgery. While this is inescapable, it will also have slight effects on your milk supply and might even make your baby a little drowsy. However, these medicines will only help you recover faster and also make breastfeeding hassle free. So, hang in there and this too shall pass!

3. Keep feeding

There is no doubt that c-section is a major surgery and that recovery will take a lot of time. However, make sure you do not give up on feeding your baby, as this too is a way of recovery. No matter how tired or irritated you are, make sure you feed your baby every two hours. This will boost your milk supply and will also help you recover faster.

4. Try different positions

The traditional cradle hold might be difficult for c-section moms. So try other positions. The football hold, where your baby will be tucked beside you works best with most c-section moms. And if sitting up gets too tiring, try nursing on your side. Lying flat on your back can put too much pressure on your incision, so you may find you're naturally more comfortable on your side right now anyway. Also, this is a lovely way to snuggle with your newborn. However, talk to your nurse or a lactation consultant to help you figure out the best feeding position.

5. Ask for help

Last but not the least; make sure you ask for help. If your arms are still numb from the surgery, make sure you ask the nurse or your husband to help you with holding the baby. Take help until you feel confident about holding your baby.  

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