My 2nd son Michael will be here soon, I'm already 1cm dialated but I have a scheduled c-section March 28th.
Either way I know it will be a c-section due to a previous c-section.
My first son, I had no support, I went through 15 hours of labor and it wasn't until an hour later did I get to try to breastfeed and was tired, hurting, and again no real support. The nurse was afraid I would get depressed to she offered formula.. a little too strongly now that I think back.
Either way, the past is the past. I want to exclusivlely breastfeed Michael and I'm looking forward to it. My husb and (who is not my first sons true father, but may as well be ) is incredibly supportive, as well as his family. All know my intentions and have helped me with research, which is good.. but as I come to the end of this pregnancy I realized I have some more questions unanswered.
We're going in at 5:30am to get the c-section, I've been told the routine is this, 1 hour of fluids for me, the operation, back in recovery for 1 hour, and then into my private room for three days then home. Pretty simple right?
My mind is whirling.. a) will the epidural mess with my milk, b) I've been told my milk won't come in until 6 days (?!?!?!) with a c-section. and c) that it is very painful to breastfeed with a c-section, which is why the hospital has you suppliment until you are stronger..
I do NOT want to suppliment, I want to exclusivly breastfeed..
I've heard that some women have skin to skin contact with their child after a c-section and breastfeed successfully, but if I have to be moved to recovery for 1 hour without my child will that create issues?
I'm know it's my rights, but if its understood that I have to be in recovery for 1 hour, can I have my son in there with me? Or even as soon as he's born? I'm not sure what to say or how to say it I guess.. I remember how scary it was for me the first time, and they just wisked me away to a room to monitor me after the operation and then after I got into my room it was another 15 minutes before I had my son in my arms.
I plan on sleeping a LOT the day before and have been eating very well so I can keep up my energy, plus I won't be going thru 15 hours of labor, it looks like technically 3 total then I get my son.
I maybe overreacting but I want to breastfeed, I want to succeed but I'm worried of the "downfalls" or the situation. What can I do to help me succeed.
I guess I'm scared, I have the support but inside I'm worried it's not going to work. I want this.. badly..