Re: breastfeeding after c-section
I think the reasons why breastfeeding is sometimes more difficult after a c-section include:
People have told me that having a c-section can make breastfeeding more difficult, though I'm not sure why
1. Abdominal pain from the incision makes positioning more difficult.
2. C-sections often mean early separation of mom and baby- mom often cannot hold or nurse her baby for several hours after the surgery. And while the baby is waiting for mom to be stitched up and recover, there's a good chance that his/her first feeding will be formula from a bottle, which can impact his ability/desire to latch onto the breast.
3. Babies born via c-section can end up sleepy from mom's pain medications.
4. Babies born via c-section are more likely to have respiratory difficulties that land them in the NICU. Further separation of mom and baby means even more of a chance that mom will not get to nurse until later, and more chance that the baby will get formula or a pacifier.
5. Moms who have c-sections often see a delay in milk production. Women who deliver vaginally tend to have their milk come in 2-3 days after birth. Moms who deliver surgically may see milk in 2-3 days, or may experience a delay of up to 5 days, during which time the pressure to supplement with formula often becomes unbearable.
6. C-sections carry increased risk of infection to mom. If mom ends up sick and/or back in the hospital, she may have difficulty maintaining breastfeeding.
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