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09/04/2013 at 18:58
I had a section with Matilda, and have pretty much convinced myself that I'm not going to have much choice this time around.
I tried to BF Matilda but my milk never came in at all.
I'd really really like to be able to do it this time around.
09/04/2013 at 19:14
I've got no other birth to compare it to as A is my first, but my milk took 4 days to come in properly. Unfortunately they discharged us on day 2, despite me telling the midwives that I thought A was starving. We were re-admitted a day later, because (as I thought) A was starving. My community midwife said that c-sections can sometimes delay it a little, but the hospital midwives didn't mention that. If I was in the same situation I'd be much more pushy about getting feeding help. Despite the rough start, A is now thriving.
From a comfort point of view, have a pillow handy to put on your lap over your scar to take some of the direct pressure off your wound. And keep taking the painkillers - the pain of the post-birth womb contractions was pretty awful. I tried the rugby ball hold a couple of times. It didn't work for me but I understand others prefer it as it can be less pressure on your belly.
09/04/2013 at 19:25
queencrunchythe pain of the post-birth womb contractions was pretty awful.
See, I never had this with M. My uterus wouldn't fit back inside me so I had to have a syntoxinon drip to shrink it for me before I was stitched up. I went to recovery with a flat tummy ( as flat as a lardy one's tummy can be!)
09/04/2013 at 19:33
Margot is a really good person to speak to as she has BF J very successfully after a planned csection
Might also be worth speaking to your MW about expressing colustrum and freezing before baby arrives as I *think* I read this can be good in GD pregnancies (though I may be making that up?!)
09/04/2013 at 19:39
Yeah, I think that'll all come up later on. I'm seeing her every 2 weeks. I never even had colostrum last time so harvesting it will be interesting...
09/04/2013 at 19:41
Main advice is to just feed, feed, feed! My milk was in 36 hours after having Jacob as he fed almost constantly. Also use a feeding cushion or pillow over your wound to help support baby. Don't be afraid to ask for help with positioning if you need it as you aren't as mobile as would be useful. And keep up the painkillers as feeding through discomfort is not good. Happy to help if you need any more advice x
09/04/2013 at 19:45
Thanks Margot. I may have you on a hotline come June!
09/04/2013 at 20:03
Does your hospital have an infant feeding co-ordinator, could be worth getting in touch with them beforehand.
09/04/2013 at 20:17
I had an EMCS on the Monday afterrnoon and my milk came in Properly Thursday night. As in, I slept for an hour or so and woke up with massive engorged boobies! Luckily I was still in hospital so the MWs were good and set me up a pump to take some off. I never fed my boy with it though, it was just for relied! We had a few latching problems at first, and he hated my left boob for a week or so, but we got there in the end and fed from both until he gave up at 12m (his choice).
I am having a planned section and hope to bf again.... Hopefully baby #2 will learn fast like the first did.
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