Ceasarean sections are used by many women to deliver their babies. The surgical delivery of a child, whether planned or unplanned, can have an impact on nursing. That isn’t to say you can’t breastfeed or use lactation products to increase milk production.
THE EFFECT OF A C-SECTION ON BREASTFEEDING
It’s beneficial to be aware of the breastfeeding issues that may arise following a C-section so that you can prepare for them. The following are some examples of common experiences:
Breastfeeding might be difficult due to pain from the incision site and after effects from your uterus contracting back down to its original size. While your incision heals, the side laying and football hold postures are good options.
If you wish to try nursing while sitting up, cover your incision site with a pillow to protect it. Breastfeeding may be difficult at first, but as your body adjusts, it will become easier.
DON’T JOKE WITH YOUR PAIN MEDS
Following a cesarean section, it’s essential that you take your pain medicine. It will be more difficult for your body to heal if you are in pain, and you will be more uncomfortable during breastfeeding. Some drugs are safe to take while breastfeeding, so tell your doctor if you plan to nurse your kid.
Despite the fact that the pain medicine is safe for the infant, some of it may pass into the breast milk and make your newborn lethargic. Although the sleepiness caused by the pain medicine is not hazardous to your child, breastfeeding a sleepy newborn might be difficult.
DELAYED START TO BREASTFEEDING
You and your baby may remain tired for a while following the procedure, depending on the type of anaesthetic used. If you undergo general anesthesia (which is uncommon), you will be able to nurse once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off and you feel ready.
You may be allowed to breastfeed while in the operating room if you get an epidural or spinal anesthetic. You will most likely do so in the recovery room shortly after your surgery.
DELAYED MILK TO BREASTFEEDING
If you had a cesarean section, your milk may take longer to come in than if you had a vaginal delivery. To encourage milk production, you’ll want to place the infant to breast as soon as possible and nurse often. It is recommended that the mother begin using lactation products to increase breast milk production as soon as she is able to eat liquids and solids. Lactation products are completely safe and helpful for mothers who have had a cesarean section.
THINGS TO STAY AWAY FROM AFTER C-SECTION
Anything that takes longer to digest should be removed from the diet chart following a C-section recovery. Items that cause bloating and gas, such as carbonated drinks,
citrus juices, coffee, tea, and spicy food, should be avoided. Heartburn and indigestion can be caused by fermented and fried foods.
A Message From THE MILK BOOSTER
A cesarean section introduces a few additional challenges to nursing success. The agony, as well as the physical and emotional tiredness, can easily overwhelm you. Take your time, accept assistance, control your pain, get adequate rest, and persevere. Breastfeeding will become more comfortable as you recover.