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November 5th, 2011, 08:49 PM
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Hey everyone!..I'll be having a repeat c-section with this baby in June..I really want to breastfeed, but last time I just remember being in a lot of pain and being REALLY tired (probably from the general anaesthesia) plus trying to BF was just hard by itself so I gave up after a few tries..This time I really want to actually take it serious but I'm afriad that the pain,latch issues, and tiredness will make it hard for me..I was just wondering if any of you c-section mommys can share ur experience with BFing and if you know of any good books or sites about bfing too that would be greatly appreciated
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November 6th, 2011, 09:56 AM
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Does your hospital have a lactation consultant on staff? I'd demand a visit from them when you give birth even if everything seems to be going good this next time. Everyone said my son had a great latch and blah blah blah but my milk never fully came in and I ended up having to supplement. So even if everything looks good with me this time, I'm still going to see the LC (they usually only bring them in when moms are having trouble) to learn different holds, what's a good/bad latch and how to tell etc so I can have a good chance a BFding. If your hospital doesn't have one on staff, I'd recommend asking around for referrals and then meet with the LC right after you give birth. You could also attend some LLL meetings before you give birth and get some support/info there.

I thoroughly disliked BFding and am not looking forward to it again. But I dislike buying formula for a year so much more so I'm going to suck it up LOL Good luck!
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November 6th, 2011, 08:49 PM
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Thank you!..I don't know if the hospital has a lactation consultant..but I do go to wic, and the lady there is one..I go to speak with her tomorrow and I'll ask her a ton of questions lol..thanks for the help
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November 7th, 2011, 06:16 PM
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Hi! This will be my 3rd c-section

My advice would be to prepare yourself for the transition again! Be honest with yourself that it may take a few weeks before you and baby get a good system going and your nipples get used to the extra attention again. The best thing to do is to let baby latch and nurse as often as he/she wants. This more than anything will keep baby happy and will stimulate your production the fastest. Luckily they don't need a whole lot all at once when they are new!

So in short, it WILL hurt at first, it does for everyone-- but it goes away! Soon after pain is replaced by oxytocin released and it's a wonderful feeling knowing you're norishing your child! Worth every pinch and soreness in the beginning
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November 7th, 2011, 07:36 PM
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I had a c section last time, and didn't see much difference in breastfeeding than with my two prior vaginal births. I was tired, yes, and the cramping was painful on my incision. But so long as I kept up with my pain meds, it wasn't a problem. I didn't view the tiredness as an issue with bfing because id have to get up to make that bottle anyway, right? And at least now I don't have to walk across the house. But I never really wake dh up at night when the babies r little, he's a bear the next day. Haha sooo not worth it! I really hope it was more the gen anis. For you and u have an easier time of it!
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