Breastfeeding rates are definitely affected when a mother has a cesarean birth. These are the factors I can think of off of the top of my head: initial separation after birth, introduction of formula or pacifiers if mom has a long recovery, milk production may be delayed if there were complications during surgery, pain at the incision site makes it difficult to get comfortable...the list can go on and on.
Even if a couple has done all the right things to prepare, there are babies who are born via cesarean for a Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby outcome. On Tuesday, I wrote about how a Family-Centered Cesarean can provide the benefits of a vaginal birth while still doing what needs to be done for mom and baby to be well.
I have heard the sentiment expressed by our cesarean mamas, "Nothing else went according to our birth plan. Breastfeeding HAS to work out." These women have persevered, sought help, and drawn strength from their support system to go on to have the breastfeeding relationships they wanted with their babies.
Here are some resources I pulled together for a mama who had a cesarean and wants to or feels that breastfeeding HAS to work out.
First, HERE is a blog post from one of our cesarean mamas that will hopefully shorten another moms learning cure about breastfeeding after major abdominal surgery:
Here are some excellent resources you can refer to:
Breastfeeding after a cesarean birth IS possible. I promise you will not be the first person, nor the last, who wants to breastfeed even though your baby was not born through your vagina. With the belief in yourself and your baby, support from your Coach and other loved ones, and help from qualified individuals, you CAN surprise yourself.
Did you breastfeed after a cesarean? Who/What helped you?
Breastfeeding After Cesarean
In Their Own Words: Shara
KellyMom: Breastfeeding After A Cesarean
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