Re: Prenatal Expressing
It's generally advised that women avoid pumping in late pregnancy, because pumping can stimulate uterine contractions and induce labor. You don't want to do that at just 31 weeks! I think hand expression into a syringe would be ideal.
I think that in your shoes, I would be trying to focus less on getting colostrum out and more on doing the things I could do to ensure a better nursing experience. Some things to consider:
- Make sure your c-section is not performed before 39 weeks gestation, unless there's a good medical reason to have it done earlier. Babies born before 39 weeks are more likely to have problems- particularly breathing problems- which require a trip to the NICU, and that can derail breastfeeding.
- Discuss what will happen to your baby after your c-section. Will baby stay with you the whole time? Will he/she be taken to the hurry, and if so, what happens to him/her there? Is formula supplementation or pacifier use routine?
- Room in with baby during your hospital stay. You'll learn baby's nursing cues faster and you won't risk a "helpful" nurse slipping your baby formula or a paci.
- Avoid artificial nipples if at all possible. They can interfere with a baby's desire and ability to latch. If supplementation is necessary, finger-feeding or syringe feeding can be used.
- Find a good lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, and line up a consultation for soon after your baby is born.
- Line up help for when you're back home! You are going to need to do nothing but recover and focus on nursing.
- Consider a VBAC...? I don't want to sound like I'm pushing you, especially since I totally get that not all moms want VBACs and that VBACs aren't always the right or safe choice. But if a VBAC is a possibility for you, you might want to try for one. Faster recovery for you, somewhat better likelihood of nursing starting off on a good foot...
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