Women can breastfeed successfully after cesarean section delivery—and many do. (In truly stellar hospitals, some mothers can even breastfeed before leaving the OR.) However, mothers getting started breastfeeding after cesarean face concerns that mothers who have delivered their babies vaginally tend not to experience, such as: post-op pain, pain management, post-cesarean restrictions, babies with lots of mucous, lack of bacterial colonization of babies’ gut, and—of course—“lift nothing heavier than the baby.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg. How do you breastfeed your baby—who was, have no doubt, born to be breastfed—when you are heading from cesarean delivery? How can moms best prepare for breastfeeding success after a scheduled c-section, and what strategies can help overcome the challenges after any c-section? Join Marie to find out.
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