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)
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