breast feeding after a c-section?

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Hilary - posted on 06/04/2009

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I too struggled at first - in the hospital I used pillows. Once home, I found the brestfriend pillow worked really well and didn"t put too much pressure on the incision. The little guy was three weeks early and tongue tied. I was constantly in touch with the lactation specialists - they were awesome!!! My milk was slow coming in, but I was determined to breastfeed. It took three weeks of pumping, loosening his tongue, and a nipple shield, but we got there!!! Hang in there and definitely get in touch with a lactation specialist. Check with your hospital, quite often the services are free.

Amber - posted on 06/04/2009

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Quoting Samantha:

My sister, I, and another girl I know all had babies who refused to nurse after c-sections. I have been pumping for 6 months now b/c of that. My son was born at 5lbs., 15oz and I never got to even try to bf until he was 1-2 hours old, and he tried at first with a bad latch and then after that refused. Would throw himself away from me and scream. All the lactation help said I was doing everything right, it was just him and he had a tight jaw. I tried nipple shields with some success, but they were a pain in the butt to keep on and he kept throwing his arms and knocking it off. We tried everything, different holds, nothing worked unfortunately. He had to get bottles of formula in the hospital b/c he wouldn't BF, so I started pumping b/c at least I could get him BM that way.



Wow Samantha I had a similar experience my son was 5 lbs 5 ounces and it was the same for me.  I have been pumping for 4 1/2 months now, but I wish he would have nursed.

Samantha - posted on 06/04/2009

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My sister, I, and another girl I know all had babies who refused to nurse after c-sections. I have been pumping for 6 months now b/c of that. My son was born at 5lbs., 15oz and I never got to even try to bf until he was 1-2 hours old, and he tried at first with a bad latch and then after that refused. Would throw himself away from me and scream. All the lactation help said I was doing everything right, it was just him and he had a tight jaw. I tried nipple shields with some success, but they were a pain in the butt to keep on and he kept throwing his arms and knocking it off. We tried everything, different holds, nothing worked unfortunately. He had to get bottles of formula in the hospital b/c he wouldn't BF, so I started pumping b/c at least I could get him BM that way.

Bridget - posted on 06/03/2009

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LOL, you should hear the birth story!! Thanks Tamara. Hospital breast pumps are horrid, and expressing 3ml at a time breaks your heart, but I had given the Life Flight staff a written order stating that she was not to be supplemented so she took the boob sweet as!!

Tamara - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Bridget:

It took a week for my milk to come in fully, but we're still successfully breastfeeding 11 months later. No skin-to-skin, she was flown to another city so I didn't see her for the 1st 24 hrs, in seperate wards for 6 days, if you really want to it is possible!!!


Ok, you're my hero.  I love that you made it work!

Bridget - posted on 06/03/2009

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It took a week for my milk to come in fully, but we're still successfully breastfeeding 11 months later. No skin-to-skin, she was flown to another city so I didn't see her for the 1st 24 hrs, in seperate wards for 6 days, if you really want to it is possible!!!

Tamara - posted on 06/03/2009

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I had some problems with positioning but we successfully nursed for 18 months once we got it sorted out.

Richain - posted on 06/03/2009

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I had a boppy pillow but it pushed in on my incision so I just used a bunch of pillows and the football hold until I could finally tolerate my baby's weight on my belly. It took a week or so. I also started umping the day he was born using a hospital grade pump because he was in the NICU for a few days. I would pump and my hubby would take it up to the NICU for them to use during feedings. My milk had come in by the time we came home from the hospital. My little guy is eating like a champ but I my breasts/nipples are sore... so we pump during the day so at 3am I can bottle feed and give my breasts a rest.

Danielle - posted on 06/03/2009

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use a pillow called the "breast friend" pillow! very sturdy and keeps most of babies weight off your belly!

Lisa - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi I just had my 4th child on 12/25/08 and I had C-sections for all of them and Breastfed all still feeding my 4th this time I had trouble he was a bit preimie so his mouth wasn't developed but pumping paid off now he's such an eater you would never know he had trouble. Use a Boppy it's a big help don't give up the begining is the worst it will get easier the first month is hard then you will become kinda regulated any questions write me back

Jackie - posted on 06/03/2009

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Have you tired holding the baby like a football this way the baby isn't on your belly?

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