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Breastfeeding after Caesarean Birth

You can breastfeed after a caesarean birth.

While some caesarean births are planned in advance, many are unexpected. There is no reason why you should not be able to breastfeed successfully after a caesarean birth.

Women who have had a caesarean birth may need a little extra help in the early days of breastfeeding. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

If you experience a caesarean delivery, there are things you can do to help get breastfeeding off to the best start possible.

  • Have your baby skin to skin with you within the first hour of birth.
  • If you are unable to be skin-to-skin with your baby have your partner get skin-to-skin.
  • Have your baby room-in with you throughout your hospital stay.  
  • Breastfeed early and often to establish your milk supply.
  • Ask for help to position your baby at the breast.
  • Find a breastfeeding position that works best for you. 
  • Ensure a good latch.
  • Take the pain medications your health care provider prescribed to help you stay comfortable so you can care for yourself and your baby. 
  • Ask your family to help care for your baby between feedings so you can rest and recover from the birth.
  • If you are told that supplements (either expressed breastmilk or formula) are medically necessary, request that they be given via a cup rather than a bottle.

Video      Breastfeeding Your Baby After a Caesarean Birth (video)


For more information on breastfeeding and services in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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