Giving birth by Cesarean will not prevent you from breastfeeding. The pain medicine(s) you receive are safe for your baby. However, you may need a little help the first few days positioning and burping your baby.
Here are some suggestions to make breastfeeding easier:
Breastfeed as soon as possible after giving birth. Ask for your baby in the recovery room.
You may be wondering if breastfeeding more than one baby at a time is possible. The answer is: yes!
If your babies are born early, they will likely be sleepy and unable to breastfeed well at first. If your babies are born full term, feedings will be easier.
Your health care provider and lactation resource will help you create a feeding plan that will work for you and your newborns in the hospital.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using an electric breast pump for 15 minutes every two to three hours if your babies can't breastfeed. Use a "hospital grade" double pump.
Pumping will help make sure your body makes an adequate milk supply even if your babies are too small or weak to breastfeed in the days and weeks after birth.
When your babies are able to breastfeed, the transition to normal feedings will be easier if there is plenty of milk. Cuddle skin-to-skin with your babies for the first hour, if you are able.
Breastmilk is the best food for a premature baby. It can help prevent infection, promote growth and shorten your hospital stay.
Your nurse can help you master pumping and storing your milk so that it can be fed to your baby.
As your baby grows you will be able to breastfeed her directly. Skin-to-skin contact can provide closeness until your baby is strong enough to nurse on her own.
Your body produces breastmilk based on supply and demand. You will produce the milk your babies need.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic