Positions for nursing after a cesarean

If you have given birth by cesarean section you may find it more difficult to get into a comfortable position when you begin nursing. What positions will be most comfortable for you?

Many mothers are able to nurse after a cesarean with a minimum of problems. You can further enhance your experience by becoming informed early.

Be prepared. In addition to reviewing the archive of breastfeeding information available at ParentsPlace, you may want to consider attending a breastfeeding class or La Leche League meeting, so an experienced lactation consultant or La Leche League leader can show you common breastfeeding positions. Like any physical skill they are best learned by a demonstrational and/or experiential approach.

Contact a lactation consultant ahead of time. You may want to check and see if your birthing facility has a board certified lactation consultant on staff. If they do, I would recommend contacting her prior to your hospitalization, to see what services she will be able to provide and to express your concern about getting comfortable breastfeeding after a cesarean. Because mothers and babies come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the degree of discomfort from a cesarean birth varies, working with a LC can be important to help individualize your position of comfort for breastfeeding.

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