Hi I'm new here, and am currently expecting my second child Sept 22. I am currently scheduled to have my baby via c-section on Sept 16th. Sadly I don't get much choice in this as my hospital has banned VBAC's.
Anyway I really want to Breastfeed this child, but am concerned about the problems I had last time. I wanted to Breastfeed, but everything seemed to go wrong for me. I ended up being allowed to go 2 full weeks past my due date before they induced. That failed so i had to have a c-section. My spinal failed to work so i was given a general. My DD was born at just before 10 pm. I finally started to really wake up about 6am. During the time I was out my DD was hungry and was given bottles of formula on at least 2 different occasions. And she drank a fair amount for a newborn. They told my DH that since she was overdue she had the hunger of a 2 week old, not a newborn. Once I was awake I tried to breastfeed when she was hungry. I'm a large chested woman so it was challenging. I had several nurses over advice and help. I did get her latched on, but would always have a shooting pain from the nipple up into the breast. When i asked about the pain, they said it was normal. My Doula also helped me during my first few days at home trying to get a latch and making things work out. I also found my DD wanted to suck for 3-4 hours straight every evening. My doula suggested that my DD just wanted to suck, not nurse and that a pacifier might help. Due to the continual pain in nursing I switched to pumping and bottle feeding breast milk and formula. This quickly ended in switching to formula as my milk supply decreased.
So this time I'm having another c-section, but with a Spinal. I'm not sure how soon I can try nursing after the c-section, but I really want to be successful this time. I'm also told that the shooting pain I had is not normal and my DD was not latched on properly. How do I tell a proper latch? I've looked up my local LLL meetings and plan to go when I'm closer to my due date, but any advice is appreciated.