@rebekahanneblog asked over on Instagram “What’s the best thing to do post c-section to help with successful breastfeeding?” This is such a common question so I decided to make it into a blogpost!
Here are my top 3 breastfeeding tips for my c-section mamas:
1) Room-in with baby. Moms that room-in, rather than use the nursery, are more likely to be exclusively breastfeeding at 4 days postpartum.
2) Lots of skin to skin. Skin to skin contact stimulates oxytocin release and more milk production! Mama’s chest is baby’s home.
3) Tweak positioning. Using positions like the football hold can keep the pressure off your healing incision.
I love helping new mamas get breastfeeding off to a good start. For more breastfeeding tips like these, check out my breastfeeding video class bundle. If you need one-on-one support before or after baby is born, consider a breastfeeding consultation. And you can also read my C-section story.
Thanks for stopping by,
Lindsey Shipley, RN, IBCLC
World Health Organization. Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2003. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/child_adolescent_health/documents/9241562218/en/.
Bramson, L., Lee, J. W., Moore, E., Montgomery, S., Neish, C., Khaled, B., & Melcher Lopez, C. (2010). Effect of early skin-to-skin mother-infant contact during the first 3 hours following birth on exclusive breastfeeding during the maternity hospital stay. Journal of Human Lactation. vol. 26 (no. 2) 130-137.