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Breast-Feeding After a C-Section

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A cesarean delivery may delay the start of breast-feeding. You may be sleepy from medicine or in pain from the surgery. Try breast-feeding your baby as soon as you are able.

  • Ask whether your baby can be brought into the recovery room to be held and breast-fed.
  • Ask your nurse or other health professionals to help you position the baby in ways that are comfortable for you. The football hold or the side-lying position may be most comfortable after cesarean delivery, because the baby does not rest on your abdomen. See pictures of the side-lying position and the football hold.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of June 4, 2014

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