Breastfeeding After a Cesarean

The good news is: You can! In fact, breastfeeding helps the uterus return to its normal size.

One of the more comfortable positions is to hold your baby under your arm on the nursing side, rather than across your abdomen -- a position known as the football hold. You also can use a side-lying position in which you place the baby on his or her side, mouth level with the nipple. Both of these positions make it easy to nurse your baby from your bed, where you can relax and get the rest you need.

While you're recovering in the hospital, breastfeed your baby as often as possible. If you need help with positioning, ask for help from an on-staff lactation consultant who is experienced with cesarean moms. Once you're at home, talk to other breastfeeding moms for support and guidance, and continue to use the positions that are most comfortable for you.

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