Recommendations for BFing POST c/s

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Registered: 04-07-2003
Recommendations for BFing POST c/s
Sun, 04-13-2003 - 7:44pm
I would love to hear anyone's recommendations for BFing positions after having the c-section ... any tips on those positions or just in general BFing post c-section during the healing period, not just immediately following the surgery itself. Also if you could give any insight on how long you needed to use these techniques before you were comfortable enough.

Thanks so much!


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 10:13am
We did a lot of nursing lying down on one side for the first few days. In the hospital it was the only way I could really get comfortable. I couldn't manage the football hold they kept trying to get me to do, but the LC I talked to later said that's probably because DS was fairly large (9.5 lb, 21 in. with a 14.5 inch head!) and it really works best with smaller babies.

Amy, mom to Gabriel, 2.75, and #2, EDD 6/6/03

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 04-14-2003 - 11:10am
My DS was born at 35w and 5lbs so the football hold worked great for us. I can see who it would be more difficult with a larger baby. I think by the time I got home, maybe a few days later, I was nursing with him laying in front on a nursing pillow and that was comfortable.

sybil 33w4d

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 10:44pm
I must have been a wimp. I couldn't handle lying on my side at all, for prob a week and we never got the hang of it ever. I used the football hold for about 2 weeks (loved it. He was 7'4 at birth) and then the cross cradle. I didn't start the real cradle til about a month. I'd say the incision affected the position for me for about 2 weeks. The first week was the most painful for me. I am a total wimp though I think. I'm prob going to schedule one for #2 due in Sept.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 12:21pm
I never did well nursing while lying down, nor did the football hold work for me. I found I could BF best if I was sitting up in a chair, with the baby on a pillow. For some reason, that took pressure off my incision.

Hope that helps!

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Registered: 07-21-1998
Thu, 04-17-2003 - 6:56pm
My SIL gave me HER nursing pillows (I think she or someone custom built them for her) after my c-section. The only trouble is, she 's a tall lady, and I'm rather short-waisted. The kid was practically on my neck if I sat her on that thing.

Something to remember, in any nursing situation. Especially if you're just getting started, or having trouble, do NOT compromise on positioning. If you're using pillows, pester someone to help snug them in just right. After you're supply is established, and the kid knows what's going on, you can be less particular.

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