Breastfeeding tips C-section:
The number of C-section births has increased dramatically, and some women are concerned that they will not be able to breastfeed. This isn’t the case. Whether you have had an elective C-section, or an emergency C-section, there should be no barriers to breastfeeding. If you have had an emergency C-section, your baby may be a little sleepy. Some hospitals will allow the mum to have skin to skin contact whilst still in the operating theatre, so check with your mid wife if this is the case for you too. If breastfeeding needs to wait due to other medical complications, then expressing colostrum is still important, so don’t let that hinder you from breastfeeding in the long term. If you are able to breastfeed overnight, then this will help to get feeding off to a good start and encouraging your milk supply to become established. Here are some more breastfeeding tips for C-section babies.
Breastfeeding your baby
Whatever hold you use, make sure your baby’s body is close to you, chest to chest, chin to breast and nose away from the breast. Breastfeeding positions you may find useful after a C-section birth are sitting with your breastfeeding pillow on your lap to support your baby and protect your wound; lying down on your side; or with your baby in the underarm (or ‘twin’) position, with his/her feet towards your back.
Using your breastfeeding pillow for breastfeeding after C-section
Using your breastfeeding pillow will be very useful in this case to help protect your scar, and to provide essential support to you and your baby whilst breastfeeding. The UltimateSkies 3-in-1 Feeding pillow has had many reviews from health care professionals.
Resting at home after a C-section is important, as a C-section is considered major surgery. Do not move anything that is heavier than your baby for at least 6 weeks, to allow your body time to recover.
Breastfeeding after C-section is very possible. If you need extra help or more breastfeeding tips, please contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association for further help.