Breastfeeding Amp C Sections

6 Replies
olivia - February 28

Before I had my daughter I took the childbirth classes and a br___tfeeding class at our hospital. They have a lactation consultant on staff and really try to get moms to br___tfeed. I wanted to br___tfeed anyway, so I was happy to be in this situation. Well when I ended up having an emergency c-section, the issue of feeing my daughter never came up. The next day, about 15 hours after delivery, I started asking the nurses when I was supposed to feed her. They kept saying she was still spitting up and didn't need it yet. That she had amniotic fluid in her tummy since it was not squeezed out of her. So finally that night about 10 hours after her birth and after asking 4 nurses, I got a nurse who helped me briefly try to feed her, after again making it clear it was pointless. So that night she went to the nursery and a nurse came in about 30 hours after she was born, and said they wanted to feed her from a dropper because she had not eaten. I looked at her and asked if I could please try to feed her before they did that. She said okay and I nursed her for the first time. Later that morning they said she had spit up colestrum and they were very happy about that and all praises. So my question is, did anyone else have this weirdness around br___tfeeding after a c-section? Was your baby just spitting up fluid so that it prevented encouragement to nurse for 30+hours?


agtemt - February 28

I also had an emergency c-section but had informed the nurses that I wanted to b___stfeed. The ended up putting me under general anestesia for the section and it was more than 5 hours before i started to come around. I was told that my son was very hungry and they wheeled my bed to him in the NICU and placed him next to me so I could feed him. I was still out of it from the anestisia and was very glad that he seemed to know what to do. The nurse later explained to me that a new born can usually go up to 48 hours with out eating anything or very much but since my son was 3 days late he didnt have the same reserves as a baby on time or early does. He had been through 12 hours of labor and 30min of pushing before they did the section and didnt have any vommiting. I dontknow if that would have made things different or not.


Cabbie - February 28

My daughter also had fluid after my csection. However, they just came for her every few hours and suctioned her out. It did not interfere with the feeding.


Jamie - March 1

I had an emergency c-section also, and was able to nurse my daughter within an hour of birth. How far along were you? That may have influenced it, if your baby was born prematurely; my daughter was a healthy 37 weeks.


olivia - March 1

She was due in 4 days! So I was right on time. She ended up nursing just fine, I just had read so much beforehand that you needed to bf your baby right away and got stressed out when it had been so long. I guess in the bf cla__s I wish they had just said something about the fluid and 48 hours the baby could go without eating. Did you ask to feed her or did the nurses help? Maybe I wasn't asking right away so they didn't say anything since it wasn't necessary she eat? I guess for the first day or so I felt like I was borrowing her or something and too shy to ask if I could feed her. I had told them I wanted to bf when I was in labor and again before the surgery and then it was never brought up until I started asking the next day. Was I just supposed to grab her and feed her? I was so out of it for 2 days.


Jamie - March 4

I'm glad your nursing relationship wasn't negatively impacted by the delay; I'm guessing that the hospital where you delivered was one of those that still strongly pushes formula; that's the only reason I can think of for the delay. Your baby doesn't need to eat for the first few days, but that's okay, cause you don't have milk yet anyway; instead you have colostrum, which is the REALLY IMPORTANT stuff - that's where all of mom's antibodies are, etc - so I'm amazed that your nurses didn't let you nurse your baby to get that colostrum. Most formula-feeding moms are encouraged to nurse for the first few days just so the baby can get that colostrum.


olivia - March 4

the strange part was that the hospital i delivered at really does push b___stfeeding and even natropathic medicine, healing through positive environment. Which is why I wondered if the whole reason for the delay was tied to the c-section somehow. I guess maybe there just isn't such a rush as all the books I read portrayed. She still got colestrum as my milk came in on day 4 post partum. I guess I have no real point in brining this up except to wonder why everything was so gung ho that you NEED to bf your child so quickly after birth and then that was not the case at all. Thanks for the imput, sounds like everyone fed their babies pretty quick though!



You must log in to reply.

Are you New to the forum? Sign Up Here! Already a member? Please login below.

Forgot your password?
Need Help?
New to the forum?

Sign Up Here!

Already a member?
Please login below.

Forgot your password?
Need Help?