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I’m having a Caesarean and have heard that it’s harder to breastfeed at the beginning – is this true?

Women who undergo a caesarean section are likely to be in more pain than those who have a vaginal birth. Following an operation such as a caesarean, women’s mobility is also reduced for at least the first 24-48 hours. These factors combined, may make breastfeeding more challenging initially. Studies have shown that postoperative pain negatively affected breastfeeding and infant care. However, most hospitals now provide good post delivery pain relief, which means these women can still breastfeed successfully. Even if breastfeeding does not happen in the first 24 hours, it is important to allow skin to skin contact between you and your baby as soon as possible after the birth. All maternity units encourage this regardless of the type of birth.

Ref: Establishment of skin-to-skin contact within the first hour following caesarean section - ALCA Galaxy , vol 19, no 1, March 2007, pp 16-21 James R; Reid L - (2007)

Ref: Postoperative pain after caesarean birth affects breastfeeding and infant care - JOGNN: Journal of Obstetric, Gynaecologic and Neonatal Nursing , vol 36, no 5, September/October 2007, pp 430-440 Karlstrom A; Engstrom-Olofsson R; Norbergh KG; et al - (2007)



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