04/11/2008 at 09:02
Im having a planned c-section birth and just wondered if any of you other had a section and managed to bf sucessfully and if you have any tips for helping the process,
Also any other general bf tips and advice would be greatly appreciated xx
04/11/2008 at 10:04
Hi there Laura.
I had a planned section and I mangaged to breastfeed for a year! My best advice is just to stick with it and don't beat yourself up over it if its hard. I went through very hard times of cracked amd bleeding nipples but it gets easier and there are always nipple shields!!!and plenty of nipple cream lol!!!
04/11/2008 at 11:03
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04/11/2008 at 17:51
thanx for the advice and support, its so nice to have people tell the honest truth.
izzywonkles- if you dont mind me asking how soon after being born was your baby handed to you, jack was took away until gone nine at night and was born at 12.45 and alot of people have said to me thats what did the damage but noone even asked if i wanted to hold him in theatre and i just assumed i couldnt x
04/11/2008 at 18:55
04/11/2008 at 19:29
06/11/2008 at 15:37
I havent had a section but i did bfeed Hollie and am still feeding her morning and night now.
I think you should be able to ask to feed your baby as soon as the section is over. It might be worth chatting to your midwife about this, but it is best if you can get feeding started as soon as possible after the section.
It is apparently easier to feed lying down after a section, although like lena said using a pillow is also comfortable. You may need more help to lift baby to you so you dont overstretch and hurt your wound.
I ended up with really sore cracked nipples in the first few days and really thoght about giving up, but when i finally saw Hollie was gaining weight it really helped motivate me. I didnt know of any support in my area when i had her, so the only support i had was from my mum,Ian and the mw. It may also be worth visiting a support group if they have them in your area, so you know when you are struggling who to turn to for help.
Tasha and I have both qualified as peer supporters too, so if you need any help just send me a pm and i will try and help you. xx
06/11/2008 at 16:01
ok great and thank you everyone xxx
06/11/2008 at 21:31
07/11/2008 at 10:16
A peer supporter goes into the local breastfeeding supprt groups and offers advice to mothers that need it. Once you have completed the short course then you are able to accept referrals from the breastfeeding support health visitors to visit mothers in their homes or on the labour ward and sit with them and help them through any problems they may have. It just basically means that once the course has been completed and you have had your police and CRB checks then you are free as a volunteer to give guidance to mothers.
I am using the course and the knowledge I have received from it to set up a breastfeeding support group in my area as there isnt one.
Hope that makes sense, it is kind of hard to explain especialy as Hollie is whinging at me at the moment. xx
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