Topic Overview

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

Organizations

La Leche League International
www.llli.org

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women’s Health
www.hrsa.gov/womenshealth/index.html

Related Information

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD – Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017