BF after Planned Csection

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Registered: 07-23-2009
BF after Planned Csection
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Fri, 08-05-2011 - 4:18pm

Hello ladies.. Here is my brief story then ill get to my question.. With my last child in 2005 I had to have an emergency Csection at 36 wks because i got appendicits.. I wasnt able to bf him for quite a while and in between being in nicu and gettin transferred to another hospital he never latched correctly.. Also had a very unsupportive ex dh... Now i am pregnant again due in October and am having a planned Csection.. Just wondering others input as far as bf'ing afterwards.. I am afraid baby will be sleepy and not want to latch correctly. Thanks in adance

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 4:35pm

There are a lot of myths surrounding bf after a c-section. Some are true, some are unlikely, and some are just not true at all. It's always a possibility that your baby will be sleepy from the morphine you get, but if you're having a planned c-section it won't have been crossing the placenta for very long. I can't really speak to what a normal baby's behavioral pattern is like after a c-section because both my babies were born via c-section after I'd been on magnesium sulfate for most of a day, which makes them very sleepy. That said, my daughter latched perfectly from the get-go, so there's no guarantee your baby will not be able to latch. My son did not, but he was five weeks early so that compounds things a bit.

If I were you, I'd find out if your hospital staff international board-certified lactation consultants, and if so how easy it is to have one come to your room to help. Otherwise, you might want to establish a relationship with an IBCLC in your area who could come to the hospital to help you. Another thing you can do is go to LLL meetings while you are pregnant so you feel comfortable going to meetings after baby is born. They were very helpful to me with getting my son off bottles and nursing exclusively. Good luck!




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Registered: 07-23-2009
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 9:23pm

Thanks :) They do have certified lactation consultants.. I hear that hospital is Very BF friendly.. I am also gonna try to attent a LLL meeting too. This is prob my last and want to have at least one healthy bf relationship with one of my children lol.. Thank you so much for your advice!

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Registered: 01-19-2008
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 9:59pm
First WELCOME MICHELLE and CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby!!!

I had a planned c-section in March, and breastfeeding went really well right from the start. The only hitch in my situation was that I DIDN'T have a sleepy baby and for the first couple of days she was very fussy because she wanted to eat and my milk wasn't in yet and so it made her angry. I had enough to sustain her, obviously, but she just wanted to stay latched on to me ALL THE TIME!!!

I was surprised by this because all 3 of my others (who were vaginal deliveries) were so sleepy in those first few days that they weren't interested in eating at all. So, I freaked out a little this time thinking something must be wrong cause she is just so fussy and acting so hungry and the LC had to talk me off the ledge a bit. LOL

But, after reading Holly's reply, I think I finally understand what probably happened. With my others, I had epidurals placed HOURS before the baby was ever delivered, and then of course with the c-section I had a spinal put in just maybe 15-20 minutes before she was actually born. So I'm betting my vaginal babies were sleepy due to the pain meds in the epi and my c-section baby didn't get enough in her system to make her like that! All making sense now!! LOL

Anyway, she turned 5 mos this past week and she is still breastfeeding well. We have started introducing solids, but not enough to even count as nutrition really.

I think having the right support system for you too is going to make a huge difference for you as well. But, I don't think the c-section hindered things at all. My milk was in by day 3, and all was cake after that!!! GL!!! Please let us know how it goes, and of course, if you have any more questions too!!!
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Registered: 10-25-2009
Fri, 08-05-2011 - 11:32pm

I just had a planned c/s 11 days ago.

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Sat, 08-06-2011 - 8:56pm
When I had my c/s, the anesthesiologist did not give me morphine through my IV until the baby was out. Of course, you still have the benefit of being numb for a little bit afterwards, so its not like there is a gap between getting the feeling back and the morphine hitting your system. For the amount of time you have the epi/spinal before the baby is out, there should not be much of an effect on the baby. I don't know if my LO was sleepy or not though (sent straight to NICU). That being said, the next day when we finally talked the nurse into letting us hold him, he was awake and very alert for about an hour. I think that was because it was his first contact with mama. :) I can also say that you should request to have the baby given straight to you. That can really help forge a BFing relationship. On the other hand, I could not attempt to BF until the 3rd day and even though I had been pumping religiously, my milk wasn't in yet, but he still learned to latch on by the 2nd try and they sent us home the next day with no doubts about us BFing. It can be done, even under less-than-ideal circumstances! Have a plan, and a plan B too!

Manda :)