A cesarean delivery may delay the start of breastfeeding. You may be sleepy from medicine or in pain from the surgery. Try breastfeeding your baby as soon as you are able.
Ask whether your baby can be brought into the recovery room to be held and breastfed.
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.
Other Places To Get Help
La Leche League International
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women’s Health
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology