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Old 04-13-2008, 03:49 PM   #11
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I responded to your post in the April due date list and saw this one too and will respond here.

I have had 2 c-sections. The first, my recovery was miserable which made breastfeeding difficult at first. My second was much better, with no complications. I was able to breastfeed in recovery as soon as I was stitched up. The nurses and Dr even encouraged it (which did not happen with #1). Try to nurse as soon as you can after you are in recovery. For me, it even helped me to deal with the sadness of having to have another c-section. Even if the Dr/nurses do not encourage it, ask for the baby ASAP and try to nurse.

My Boppy was the best thing too! I would nurse with it in a rocker (I rested it on the arms of the chair) and it took all pressure of the incision.

Just be patient with yourself and make sure you and the baby "take the lead".

Wishing you the best!

thanks for sharing I never knew you could ask to BF in the operating room! WOW it was always hours and hours later... I will talk to the doctor about it tomorrow at my last app. before the c-section thanks !

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You keep the faith woman! You have already demonstrated you are strong and you will be able to BF this baby. I had a cs in October. I was soooo disappointed. My first son has special needs and was whisked away from me right after I delivered him. I wanted so badly to have the moment with my next LO when I would deliver and get to hold my baby on my chest and revel in his birth. Unfortunately, he had other plans. He was breech with his little foot coming through toes first. So, when my water broke I had a cs 3 hours later. However, with the incredible support and advocacy I received from my doula and my DH I was able to have baby on my chest and nurse him in the operating room, just moments after he was delivered. He latched on and went to town right away. I did have troubles nursing him after I got home but consulted a local lactation consultant repeatedly for assistance. That made all the difference in the world. I'll PM you her e-mail because she may be able to help you out that way, or help you find someone local as good as she is. Just repeat the mantra my doula gave me when I freaked after it was confirmed my LO was breach (my intuition told me he was and finally the dr. did an ultrasound), "I trust myself. I trust my baby." Trust yourself and your baby. You have it in you to successfully breastfeed no matter what! If it doesn't work, though, don't beat yourself up. It doesn't mean that you didn't do all you can. I'll be sending positive vibes over the weeks to come!

thanks mama! your story is so inspiring! i am really going to ask about nursing in the operating room!
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:09 PM   #13
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thanks for sharing I never knew you could ask to BF in the operating room! WOW it was always hours and hours later... I will talk to the doctor about it tomorrow at my last app. before the c-section thanks !
I know someone else said they BF in the OR, but I did not. They took my DS out of the OR almost immediately, but as soon as I was stitched up and in recovery, they had me trying to nurse. I feel very blessed that the hospital I am at is great that way.
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I feel you Mama. I had to fire my OB the day after my due date because she had me scheduled for a c/s the next day. I ended up doing a homebirth and don't regret it for a second. I got to deliver my baby and never be separated from her and felt amazing afterwards. I was able to lift my 33 lber and do all the mama stuff I knew I couldn't do after a c/s. One thing I had was a supportive midwife that gave me the courage to look for other options.

As for bf'ing if you have the c/s just try and offer breast first everytime. Its amazing and I really hope you get to do it this time. Its definitely a money-saver too! lol
Oh my! how did this pan out? Did you have a midwife at your birth? You were able to find one on that short of notice?...that is just amazing. I just keep imagining if I were to just not show up for the c-section and just hide until baby comes "accidently" at home LOL
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Hi Mama!
This is a great thread! I had my first dd c-sec due to breech and found out after her birth that she has a serious genetic disorder, so probably was the best thing for her to be born that way. I pumped bm for her for about a month, but with no support (hadn't joined LLL yet) and her being exclusively tube-fed, I gave up on bfing.

This second time, I really wanted a VBAC, but since I hadn't gone to a LLL mtg yet and met the wonderful, knowledgeable mommies there, I chickened out and told the doc to do another section at 38 wks. (You know, all the terrible risks to the baby/momma during a VBAC...)
I didn't have the worst birth experience, but there were some trying things that could have derailed our bfing experience, but I was determined to make it work, and you can too!

First off, dd was 8 lbs and her sugar was slightly low, so they had their excuse to give her a bottle of formula. So by the time I finally got to really hold her---5 hours later--- she was konked out and not interested in bfing.
Since I had pumped for my first daughter, I took my Medela mini electric out of my bag and started pumping for 15 mins each side. I had the nurse bring her into my room for each feeding that night, I would try to nurse her, but would ultimately end up giving her a bottle, then pumping for 15 mins each side again. The morning after birth, a wonderful nurse came in and said "don't worry about supplementing, let's just nurse her every 2 hours from now on." I got baby to latch on properly, with her help, and she never touched formula again! She did lose weight, almost a pound those first few days! However, I took her to the peds office at two weeks to see if she had regained her birthweight and she had. We never looked back!

I still pump at work once a day so she'll have one bottle of ebm while I'm at work, and I totally love my PISA (I have a Harmony for backup).

Sorry so long winded, but I think what I am trying to say is that even if something happens and you don't get the baby to your breast for even 24 hours or more after birth, YOU CAN STILL BREASTFEED IF YOU WANT TO BAD ENOUGH! You can, and will, establish a good nursing relationship after you get home in a few days, and then the c-section won't seem like such an obstacle anymore!

PS: My baby is now almost 13 mos and still LOVES her nee-nee! She talks a little now, and often tells me "Yum!" after she pulls off the breast! That's all the thanks I need!
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:38 PM   #16
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that is a wonderful story thanks for sharing!!! it is very encouraging! I just hope that I get a wonderful nurse that is very supportive of BFing some of them aren't in my past experience...
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Great question Amie, I'm in the SAME boat as you!!!
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I second a lot of these mama's responses....ask for the baby as soon as you get into the recovery room and put him to the breast. You will still be numb from the c/s meds and it won't hurt at that time. Second, a boppy or some other nursing pillow and the football hold. I've had two c/s and those two things together was wonderful the first few weeks. I'll be thinking of you mama!!
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Old 04-13-2008, 07:42 PM   #19
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thanks for all the suggestions..so do you think I should bring the boppy pillow to the hospital with me?
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It wouldn't hurt to bring the boppy! If you find it comfortable, then great, but better to have it and not need it, than not have it at all.

I have had both of my kids by c/s (I too desperately wanted a vbac with DS and was told no). I was able to bf in the recovery room when he was less than an hour old, I think I had to ask but I can't remember. DH had DS in his arms right from shortly after birth, and I held DS as we were wheeled out of the OR.

I remember reading that it takes 3-4+ days for milk to come in after a c/s, and this was NOT the case for us. I bf'ed my DS constantly and I actually felt my milk come in when he was 2 days 6 hours old. I found nursing on my side was the most comfortable too.

I wouldn't buy formula "just in case." You can do this.
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