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25/09/2013 at 12:53
I'm 16 weeks and its been decided for medical reasons I'm having a Caesarian and going to have to bottle feed. The problem is in all the stuff I can find you get reems on natural childbirth and breast feeding but not much on sections and bottle feeding.
I feel a bit of a flop not being able to do either especially as my pregnancy has been difficult anyway with all the vomiting, but my midwife whose been midwifing for 40 yrs was great and reassured me, but I have so many questions. Can anyone give me the low down on what to expect, things to know etc... on either or both?
thanks BLL x
25/09/2013 at 13:06
i dont know much about bottle feeding. but have had 2 sections.
L was a crash section under general anaethetic and it was horrific, h and i were traumatised for ages so that led to me saying that if i got pregnant again then i wanted to do everything possible to avoid the crash section iyswim
with isaac, from the off i was having a section, i was not discussing other options, i was having a section and that was that.
anyway i got my time and appointment at 34 weeks, i was to go in on the friday for an hour or so, get my pre op bloods done and check up and i needed to go in on the monday from 7am and had to be fasted from midnight sunday and wear my pre op stockings
as it happened i wnet into labour with isaac and he was transverse so needed another emergency section but it was not like Ls birth at all and was such a positive experience, so much so that id definetely do it again (madness lol!)
just shout any specific questions and il help if i can
you are not a flop at all, most important thing is that this baby gets here safe and well, you are doing what you have been advised
25/09/2013 at 16:35
Thanks for taking the time to reply CP.
I'm sorry to hear L's birth was so traumatic, actually maybe a planned carsarians not so bad if it saved me having to have an emergency one half way through.
My questions were really about when do they book you in, and what's it like afterwards, can you pick the baby up?
Thanks BLL x
25/09/2013 at 16:46
well il go off isaacs birth as it was like a planned section but just a bit hurried iyswim.
in the lead up we asked about taking cameras in to theatre and i was told that it was fine, as we didnt get any pics of Ls birth so it was improtant that we did for I.
i had my spinal and that was a strange sensation as i was numb from mid chest down, i felt a little sick as my blood pressure dropped but they gave me anti sickness and it was ok again.
they put a screen up and we had asked that if all was ok could we have immediate skin to skina nd they said absolutely
as it happened isaac needed some oxygen at birth so they let me see him very quickly and they told H to go over whilst he had oxygen. then he was brought straight back and placed on my chest and stayed there for ages.
i went back to my room and my legs were really tingly as the spinal was wearing off. the mw suggested trying to latch isaac on and he took a bit of a feed but not much. but i was able to hold him. i had him at 0010 and the feeling had come back in my legs at 4/5am and i had a shower at 7.30am. before that i couldnt really lean over to get him out his cot but the mw said buzz her anytime.
o also it was a bit sore on my stomach when sneezing and laughing and coughing
this was a million percent different to Ls section where i felt like id been hit by a bus for 3 months!
25/09/2013 at 19:48
I've done both. Two elective sections and bottle feeding.
You normally get booked in at about 36 weeks at my local hospital, when they give you am actual date and it's meant to be in the 39th week so as close as possible to the due date. I could hold baby right away in recovery after being stitched up and was able to get them out of the bedside cot without help but if you need help just ask for it! At first I was so scared that I might hurt my little one but second time around I was much more comfortable.
Recovery takes a good few weeks but take it slowly and you'll be fine. Within a couple of days I was out and about and carrying in the sling but my advice is not to push it and accept help if it's offered!
25/09/2013 at 20:22
Two sections here and bottle feeding. First section was like CPs and under general anaesthetic. Second section (9 weeks ago) was an elective section and a totally different kettle of fish. I think different places have slightly different procedures but we had to go in the day before to do all the booking in stuff. Normally you would then go home and return to the hospital for 7am the next day, however for me they discovered Orla was transverse so I actually had to stay in over night. Walked down to theatre at 9am the next morning, all very relaxed and friendly. Has the spinal sited, a few people had told me their husbands weren't allowed in for this bit but H was able to stay. The spinal was a really weird sensation but absolutely fine. Everyone was laughing and joking which was great for us as we were both rather nervous after the previous experience. When I was in theatre they put the screen up, I was also told not to look in the light above as you can see reflections of what they are doing, and then they started. I had heard the feeling described as like a washing machine and I just couldn't comprehend how you could feel but not have pain but then as soon as they started I knew exactly what people had meant. I was shown Orla as she was taken off to be cleaned up & weighed (this was what I had asked for). Unfortunately I couldn't then hold her as there were a few issues going on at this point which resulted in me losing a lot of blood which meant that I kept almost passing out but they had attempted to let me hold her before all that happened.
My recovery was a bit delayed due to the issues with me (previous c-section scar tissue internally appeared to have started to rupture) however certainly by the next day I could pick Orla up myself.
H went back to work (as in working away from home for 4 days a week) when Orla was 2.5 weeks old so I was on my own with a 4.5 yr old and tiny baby and it was absolutely fine. Was driving 3 weeks after section and now 9 weeks post birth feel absolutely fine. I really hadn't been sure whether I wanted an elective section this time or to try for a natural birth again, I now have absolutely no negative feelings towards the birth and view it only in a positive light.
As for bottle feeding, I bought the little starter pack of bottles to take in to hospital with me as it was just easy. I had Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles to use at home. We started on powdered formula but after a few days this caused her to become constipated to we switched to ready made. It's costing a fortune but she doesn't get constipated and it is very easy.
26/09/2013 at 11:39
I've done both too.
My CS followed a 40.5hour labour, where the consultant only realised at this point W wasn't going to fit out, next time I'll without a doubt have a ELCS (the next baby isn't going to have a much smaller head!). So, my experience with C section was hugely positive. It was Cat2 emergency which means no rush just that the baby wasn't really going to ever come and we needed to get her out one way or another before she did get distressed. As a result I took a lovely wander to theatre, having dressed myself in the gown. In there I was catheterised an sat on the bed for the spinal. Ee laughed and joked as I was lay down and my legs hoiked up. Couldn't feel a thing. E was delivered quite quickly, consultant talked me through word for word, had some lovely songs play in. W was absolutely fine, and I knew I loved her right away so no issues with the bond which was a real worry for my mom. Ww initially breastfed but day three formula fed.
In terms of what to expect. Expect that they'll drink the teeniest tiny amount of milk and will want regular feeding. You milk may still come through too so be ready for the discomfort still. We were still in hospital and used those teeny bottled with already sterile tops which I'd hugely recommend. Expect that a feed probably might still take up to an hour in the early days and in my experience formula made E very windy. Expect you might have a battle to find the eifht formula too!
Given the two above things were on my "absolutely don't want to do" list, we've coped and adapted well. I still beat myself up that I couldn't BF but hey one look at my little lady and it's clear she is thriving. So go easy on yourself there too x
26/09/2013 at 11:46
Pain wise afterwards id say was nowhere near what I'd expected. I had E at 12.30 and by 6pm could sit and lift E from the crib to feed. I could change her etc. Though was on the catheter until the following morning as I was asleep at the point it was allowed out (12 hours later) so I didn't get out of bed time shower until about 11am the next day. Did so fine though. I did however take the pain relief every time it was offered. I was sore and tender but I imagine id be the same with natural birth. I couldn't bend well for a week or so.I Could always sit/stand/lower myself to the floor though. I kept on the pain killers right until they ran out too and it helped. I could drive when E was three weeks and was ableto fgo on a two mile walk with the pram in the snow four days later which seems ludicrous now but yep was absolutely fine. My h also works away a lot, he went off to Kenyadfor seven weeks and ive no family here but coped jus fine.
29/09/2013 at 20:02
I just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to give me your experiences. It was really useful. I've been asked to come in for a consultant appt this week instead of in 3 weeks (not sure why) but I have an idea of what to expect now when they talk about the Caesarian, so thanks a lot xx
29/09/2013 at 20:10
You're very welcome, good luck.
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