I had an emergency c-section with my son 2 years ago and had terrible trouble getting my milk to come in and ended up having to formula feed (with advice from nurse)
due to previous complications plus complications that have arisen this pregnancy I have to have another c-section
just wondering if my body doesn't experience any labour etc will I have trouble breast feeding?? I would love to try this time
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12-12-2011 14:28 #1Senior Member
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trouble establishing breast feeding after elective c-section??
12-12-2011 14:41 #2
My first DD (22 months) was emergency caesar after 12 hours of intense labour... my milk didn't come in for 10 days! She was comp fed formula up until Day 10, however I did manage to BF her exclusively then until 4 months, when she started having 1 FF and 4 BF a day... she was weaned at 9 months. In hindsight she should have been FF from Day 1, as I had very low supply.
I had an elective caesar with DD2 in August and my milk came in straight away... however I also had colostrum whilst I was pregnant from about 35 weeks, so that was a good sign! So this time around I have had heaps of milk, yay! However, I have just weaned DD2 (2 weeks ago) due to some other issues (not anything to do with the caesar or bonding or anything like that), and she is now pretty much FF exclusively (except for the odd BF overnight when she wakes at 330am... I had thought my milk was pretty much gone, however the other night I stepped out of the shower and it was dripping, LOL...
So to answer your question, no my breastfeeding experience this time was not affected because of the caesar.
As soon as bub is born, let them feed and let them feed as much as they want (and even bring in your own breast pump and pump, or use the hospital one)... Good luck to you, you will be just fine...
12-12-2011 16:00 #3Senior Member
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The ABA has some info on their website http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-i...aesarean-birth. They have other good info there too if you have a look at some of the articles.
YOu can also give the ABA a call (before bub arrives) and get some info and advice on the things you can do to make breastfeeding work for you. 1800 686 2 686.
Also check out Baby Led Attachment (this can be done hours or even days or weeks after bub is born) http://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-i...led-attachment There are also videos on you-tube
Best of luck!
12-12-2011 21:46 #4
I had an emergency cesarean after 24 hours of labour with severe complications but still managed to bf. Milk came in around day 4 and we kept going until 16.5 months. I'm going for a cesarean this time so fingers crossed the bf happens just as well.
12-12-2011 22:06 #5
Your breast tissue grows during your second pregnancy so you will have more milk this time. I've just has a second Caesar, and my milk came in at 36 hours. My baby was a bit sleepy so I was glad I had hand expressed from 36 weeks and had a few mls in the freezer to syringe feed on day 2, as there wasn't much colostrum at that time and she wasn't suckling well. The most important thing to remember is that supply is controlled by demand. The more you feed in the first week of life, the more milk you will have in the long run, as it's then that your greats are being calibrated.
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12-12-2011 23:03 #6
Umm just wanted to tell you that I had an elective csection and my milk came in straight away. To top it off I have also had a breast reduction. The midwives at my hospital couldn't get over how much milk I had. I am wondering if your lack of milk op is actually as a result of the section or just the way your body works?
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13-12-2011 05:58 #7
I had a planned csection with my second and has no troubles breastfeeding. Can you see a LC before baby is born? How about drinking nursing tea?
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