Topic Overview

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

Related Information


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