We all know very well that breastfeeding has innumerable benefits for both the mother and the baby. Undergoing a cesarean does not mean that you cannot breastfeed the baby. You should take the support of the nursing staff or family members in the beginning. Breast milk is the best nutrition for the newborn in terms of quality and nutrition. It provides antibodies to the baby for protection against various diseases.
The first form of milk produced is most essential – Colostrum:
Colostrum is also very essential and should be given to the baby. WHO recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding to the baby.
For mother it reduces the risk of cancers in the future, helps them reduce weight and chances of a depression are less in breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable after cesarean because of the surgical site pain but you can use the support of pillows for your back while feeding. Also, you can change the position so that your scar is not under pressure. You can feed in the football position hold or side lying position.
Breastfeeding may help reduce C section pain:
Now a new study has come up with the concept that it may reduce the pain in cesarean mothers. If you breastfeed your baby for more than 2 months, it protects you against chronic postoperative pain. This study was conducted on 185 mothers delivered through cesarean from January 15 to December 16.
The conclusion of the study was that nearly 25% of the mothers who breastfed for 2 months or less experienced chronic pain at the surgical site 4 months post their operation. And those who breastfed for 2 months or longer only 8% had pain at the surgical site after 4 months.
So learning about all the wonders of breastfeeding, nothing should stop you from giving its benefits to the baby and yourself. It may sound difficult or may be difficult in the beginning but later when you and the baby learn the art, it is the easiest and natural thing to practice.