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Old 07-16-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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Re: Things to bring to hospital after having c/s?

I actually found myself to be way too swollen and uncomfortable after my C/S for either a My Breast Friend or a Boppy. I ended up doing a football hold and that worked out well.

I suggest nipple butter or lanolin because the incision makes it a little uncomfortable to get a good latch right away and I had really angry nipples. I also bought insane, to my belly button baggy underwear that I vastly preferred to the mesh stuff they give you. I am sure the mesh stuff is fine for a vaginal birth, but it hit my incision weird when I was getting ready to leave the hospital and ride in the car home, and the hilariously huge Hanes I had bought just in case were really nice. I did not attempt to wear pants home and instead opted for a flowy maxi dress that didn't rub anything. I will be doing that for future pregnancies. I would advise to try one some nursing bras and practice whipping out the boob before she goes to the hospital - I was advised to do this and getting good at doing it without a lot of contorting abs was a good use of time the couple days before I had my son. No pain from that.

This is my most key thing, and I wish I had known:
They give preventative antibiotics before the C/S. Both DS and I ended up with thrush, like right away. Next time I have a baby (all babies for me will be C/S) I will be bringing probiotics to the hospital and will begin taking them immediately upon being permitted to take them. I spoke to my OB about this and he said that you just need to bring them in and notify your nurse that because of the antibiotics you wish to take probiotics and as soon as you are allowed, to tell you immediately.

Buy Colace to have at home when you get back and take it for the two weeks afterwards. The pain meds constipate you and they give it to you in the hospital, but you should have it at home as well. Straining to poop really hurts your incision. Full fat whole milk also helps to get things moving.

I am sure there is more I will think of but this pops into my head now. I will update later if I think of more. My C/S went totally fine, no complaints at all. Let her know it's nothing scary.
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