Great stuff! I can certainly attest to colostrum being a great laxative, 6 hours after he was born my son pooed out so much of the stuff that it completely filled his nappy, another one as I was changing him and then when I was just flummoxed as to what to do started making a horrible mess on the hospital bed as well! Poor auxiliary had to change my sheets again
I also had questions about breastfeeding after a c-section (this will be my second). I tried to exclusively breastfeed the first time but received no help in doing so and gave up. This time I want to be stronger and learn anything I can. Do you ladies suggest any good books about feeding?
It's fantastic that all you ladies had excellent BF experiences
With your CSections, unfortunately mine wast that wonderful. We did have quite a few issues between me being seriously ill, very sore after the csection, lack
Of help from midwives (lifting my baby in and out from
Her cot from a Laying flat position they insisted I be in) lack of skin to skin ect.
We are on the right road now thank God and it's getting easier!
I felt like a complete failure when I was struggling so much an everyone else seemed to be doing great with feeding their babies! I just wanted you to know its not always that simple, some people do struggle, but it's still very possible with the right help and support. Both of which are in abundance on this forum!
I certainly didn't have an excellent experience! My LO was suctionned due to the mec, I didn't see him for over an hour after he was born, let alone hold him, he wouldn't latch, wouldn't open his mouth even, he kept throwing up the bright green meconium, the midwives left him covered in sick and freezing cold overnight, so he spent the second day on a heatmat and they deterred me from holding him incase he got cold (which I know was bull, but I was in no state to argue), and then it took 8 days of expressing every 2 hours and cup feeding before he finally latched. The only problem caused by the c-section was that I couldn't lift him, or get comfy to sit up straight and feed him.
But the NCT helpline, the NHS BF consultants and my family supported us through. No-one is suggesting it's a walk in the park. But it's possible to overcome most things with the right support.
Glad you managed to get over your initial hiccups. BFing can be a real pain to get established, especially of your body is healing from a section, and you're exhausted and sore.
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