It is quite common to hear women who go through a cesarean section complain about not breastfeeding adequately or having difficulty with establishing breastfeeding. Cesarean births are associated with a delay in initiating breastfeeding. Cesarean births affect breastfeeding by delaying the initiation and establishment of lactation but not continuance which means you might experience a delay with your milk coming in but not with maintaining the milk supply. There needs to be a commitment to breastfeeding despite the manner of birth. Many mothers who go through a cesarean section usually feel like they failed as women
so they get anxious about breastfeeding and still feel like they would fail with breastfeeding. Women who had an emergency cesarean section or are under stress have fewer oxytocin pulses during breastfeeding. Breast massage raises maternal plasma oxytocin levels. it is normal to worry about the drugs, the drugs are given routinely after the cesarean section. The drugs are secreted in small quantities and are safe.
Don’t be scared to use the pain medications given, they do not harm the baby. The antibiotics can, however, cause an overgrowth of yeast which can cause thrush in the mouth or diaper area of the baby and also a vaginal yeast infection.
The greatest challenge of women who go through a cesarean section is usually establishing breastfeeding and maintaining milk supply. You should know you would experience a delay with establishing your milk supply does not mean your milk won’t come. You need the determination to want to breastfeed and support. Here are some things you should know:
These two positions help to relieve pressure off the incision site, to help understand breastfeeding positions better check the post on breastfeeding positions.
It might seem easy but always remember put baby to breast often, maintain a good positioning and achieve a good latch, all the key ingredients to establish and maintain breastfeeding.