Tips And Questions About Breastfeeding After Cesarean Section

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Simranjit Kaur

Simranjit Kaur

Mother of one, Master of Education with specialization in child-psychology. After becoming mother, I met with real me. I am now learning new concepts of parenting every fresh day and sharing my experiences with other mothers. I believe, one of the most important things that you, as a parent, should work on is - your child's psychology. Understanding the child-psychology will help you build stronger bonds and know them better.

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Many cesarean mothers are worried they will have problems with breastfeeding and even wonder if they can breastfeed. Well, to the silence of all, the answer is yes! Be it a normal delivery or c-section delivery, by all means, you can breastfeed your little feed.

1Is there any connection between the dose of anesthesia and breastmilk?

Breastfeeding is part of the deep bond that is created between you right after birth. Regardless of the type of anesthesia you had before delivery, you should not be worried about anything. For your information, we would like to tell you that any dose you had is not going interfere with breastfeeding because the amount of anesthetic that gets into the milk is not significant.

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2How can skin-to-skin contact help in breastfeeding?

In some cases, the baby is placed on the mother’s skin immediately after a birth while on the operative table as soon as the neonatologist is satisfied with the general health of the baby. If this is not possible, you could have physical contact (skin on the skin) with the newborn in the postoperative room.

According to experts, by doing this (skin-to-skin contact), the child becomes accustomed to the mother’s smell and sucks faster.

Remind your obstetrician, neonatologist, and nurses that you want to breastfeed as soon as possible.

3Why is it important to breastfeed the baby as early as possible after a cesarean delivery?

The secret to cesarean breastfeeding is to breastfeed the baby as early as possible in the first half hour, like in a case of normal delivery. In many maternity wards, especially after c-section, babies are kept under observation in a separate room. During this separation, in most cases, babies are fed with a bottle, where the milk flows too easily and the taste is different from the mother’s milk, often sweeter. And, eventually, the child refuses to suck. This separation not only complicates things for the mother but for the newborn, as well.

4Best breastfeeding position after cesarean delivery

It is a popular belief that the mother’s milk comes down later and harder if she gives birth by cesarean section. Lactation is stimulated when the baby is born and the placenta is removed, resulting in a hormonal change in blood circulation.

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Position 1

Breastfeeding position is very important in nursing. No matter how you hold your newborn, make sure his body is as close as possible to you and his chest and nose away from your breast. After C-section, using a is highly recommended. It can help you in supporting the baby and protecting the wound from surgery.

Position 2

Another indicated position is horizontal breastfeeding. Ask for help from a neonatologist or a nursing counselor to find your own comfortable position.

After a cesarean section, it may be tempting not to breastfeed the baby at night, but it is important for your baby to receive colostrum from you and begin to get used to sucking. Ask your doctor for suggesting the medical and other home remedies that can help you with the production of enough milk.

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5What to do if the child has to stay in the incubator

Not all moms who give birth by cesarean section can start breastfeeding immediately. You may be in a situation where the child needs to spend some time in the incubator until his general condition is stabilized.

Although early breastfeeding is helpful for the mother and child, there is something you can do as long as you wait, namely, to milk your colostrum and do it to get to the baby.

6What is colostrum?

Colostrum is the first milk produced by a female body during pregnancy. Although its quantity is low, it is known for the matchless strength it can offer. For your information, I would like to tell you that according to research, 48 to 72 hours before a baby’s birth, a female body produces around 50 ml. of colostrum. This amount of colostrum is more likely baby’s first vaccination.

Be it a normal delivery or cesarean; it is very important for a mother to have adequate rest. By the time, you will have your discharge from the hospital, your milk supply will stabilize and adapt to the child’s needs. Now, you need to be very careful about having proper rest, especially if you had a cesarean section. Breastfeeding is the ideal excuse to stay quiet or lying down!

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Some mothers come back harder to pre-natal routines and are a little more lethargic than if they were born naturally. Hope you know that after having a cesarean section, you are supposed to be extra careful with your routine. For at least six weeks, you must not lift any sort of weight. Keep in mind that your body needs time to come back.

Do not let anyone convince you that you can not breastfeed after a cesarean delivery. If you need extra support, talk to your doctor or a nursing counselor.

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Simranjit Kaur
Mother of one, Master of Education with specialization in child-psychology. After becoming mother, I met with real me. I am now learning new concepts of parenting every fresh day and sharing my experiences with other mothers. I believe, one of the most important things that you, as a parent, should work on is - your child's psychology. Understanding the child-psychology will help you build stronger bonds and know them better.