Breastfeeding can be a great tool to help normalize the experience of a cesarean birth. Breastfeeding promotes bonding through the release of oxytocin, which also stimulates the uterus to contract (which will shrink your uterus back down to size), and stimulates the production of milk. Most mommies who have had a c-section may need a little more time to recover, but breast feeding as soon as possible is always a great idea.
Nearly one in three births are c-section in the United States, and the majority of those are unplanned or emergent. Some mothers may feel as though their body has failed them in their birth process, and may be afraid they will have issues breastfeeding, however this is definitely not the case.
A few tips for post-surgery breastfeeding
- Start breastfeeding early
- Don’t avoid your medication (your doctor can prescribe you pain meds that are compatible with your plan to breast feed)
- Get support-speak with the hospital’s lactation consultant and iron out any issues or concerns you may have
- Find a position that works for you and is comfortable to breast feed
- Keep your baby close- you shouldn’t be walking around too much directly after your surgery, so keeping the child as close as comfortably possible will make things easier
Keeping your baby close by will also shorten the length of time it takes to calm your hungry baby, which can shorten feeding times for exhausted and recovering moms, and also reduce sore nipples.
While c-sections are not directly related with a delay in mature milk coming in, traumatic births are- and some c-sections can be very traumatic. Whether you’ve experienced a lot of blood loss, or stress and anxiety from an unplanned or emergency c-section, trauma can delay the copious milk from coming in. This is another reason that breast feeding as soon as possible is very important- it helps to promote milk production and establish a milk supply.
If you are concerned that breastfeeding alone will not be enough to establish a sufficient milk supply, a breast pump will be able to help. Utilizing a breast pump along with your breastfeeding routine will allow you to build up a supply of milk that you can use when you may not be able to actively breastfeed your baby.
Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you receive a breast pump at little-to-no cost to you through insurance. To find out if you qualify, simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form. One of our Breastpump Specialists will work directly with your insurance provider and physician to determine your coverage and will contact you within 3-5 business days to discuss your pump options and shipping time frame.
Qualify for your free breast pump today and let Aeroflow Breastpumps help you prepare for breastfeeding after a c-section.