Is it inevitable that milk is delayed after a CS?

(28 Posts)
bsmirched Mon 19-Aug-13 23:09:07

Just that really! Had a CS with DS1 after a failed induction and it took ages for my milk to come in, resulting in him losing quite a lot of weight and pressure to supplement with FF.
I'm going in tomorrow for CS for DS2 and I was wondering if milk is always delayed with a CS or if some of you could offer more positive experiences?
(DS1 and I did crack it in the end and I BF for over a year!)

WhatAPredicament Mon 19-Aug-13 23:13:24

I'm sorry that I can't offer any insight or advice but am in EXACTLY the same situation a few weeks behind you and wondering the same thing. Will be very interested to hear any advice from others and to hear how you get on. All the best!

kilmuir Mon 19-Aug-13 23:18:02

i have had 4 sections and BF all of them , no problem with milk coming in. did have skin to skin in recovery room which is supposed to help as well as being very lovely!

MaeMobley Mon 19-Aug-13 23:20:17

I had 2 CS - emergency & elective. No problems with milk coming in either time.

dubai71 Mon 19-Aug-13 23:20:41

I had a CS after a failed induction and had no problems at all with my milk coming in. Like kilmuir I had lovely skin to skin in recovery.

AnneUulmelmahay Mon 19-Aug-13 23:20:51

No delay in mine. Em cs, milk in by day 3. Good luck. yy to skin to skin, put baby to breast as soon as they squeak. Awww. My baby days are long gorn but oh! New baby smell, mmmmm gorgeous.

emsyj Mon 19-Aug-13 23:25:44

I had a section with DD1 and VBAC with DD2 and my milk came in on the second day after birth both times, however I was expressing with DD1 as she was early and sleepy - whereas DD2 was 2lb heavier and much more alert, so she began feeding from me straight away.

Will you have good support in hospital for bf? May be worth looking at what is available before you go in, so that you have some numbers to call if you feel you need help or advice.

Best of luck for a lovely birth tomorrow thanks.

SignoraStronza Mon 19-Aug-13 23:25:52

Not sure really. Took about three days to come in with dc1 -after a 36 hour labour and an emcs. The obligatory weighing of the baby before and after each feed didn't help mashers eithershock (not in UK) and the nursery nurses would loom over mev with formula.

DC2 (in UK) was an elcs and a much more relaxed and civilised affair. I had a room to myself and skin to skin encouraged. There was no weighing and she was allowed to room in with me the entire time. The food was not bad either - a bit more than a pack of melba toasts and a sachet of jam, which constituted breakfast the firsttime round. In fact, I was allowed to leave 54 hours after surgery when previously I had to remain for double that and was close to climbing the wallssad .

I honestly believe that it camec in quicker the second time round because I was more relaxed and not terrified!

SignoraStronza Mon 19-Aug-13 23:27:14

^Sorry for dreadful spelling - damn phone! ^

SunnyIntervals Mon 19-Aug-13 23:30:01
CaptainUndercrackers Mon 19-Aug-13 23:30:22

EMCS - milk came in around 36 hours after DS1 was born. ELCS - around 48 hours. So no issues with either. Good luck!

bemybebe Mon 19-Aug-13 23:31:35

Mine was not delayed at all.

AnotherStitchInTime Mon 19-Aug-13 23:34:30

No, I have had 2 EMCS, both girls were feeding straight away and milk in on day 3.

bsmirched Tue 20-Aug-13 00:01:14

Brilliant, thanks everyone! I know I'll be more relaxed this time around anyway as I know I can do it but its great to hear so many positive experiences.

Bringbring Tue 20-Aug-13 12:24:37

I had an induction and milk didnt come in until day 9.

Possibly it was the induction rather than cs which delayed the milk.

Booboostoo Tue 20-Aug-13 14:59:50

ELCS here and no problems. Milk came in on day 2.

CareerGirl01 Tue 20-Aug-13 16:56:36

Elcs in May with DD2 on Wednesday - milk in by Saturday.

bsmirched Wed 21-Aug-13 23:04:14

Thanks again all. DS2 born yesterday at 1.33pm - already so much better at latching than his big brother! No milk as yet but feeling confident that all will be well.

AnotherStitchInTime Wed 21-Aug-13 23:20:08

Congratulations thanks

Glad he is latching well and getting colostrum. Enjoy your newborn snuggles smile

Booboostoo Thu 22-Aug-13 07:40:32

Congratulations! Sounds like you're both doing well already!

SunnyIntervals Thu 22-Aug-13 07:43:04

Besmirched - sounds like a great start - the more you offer to feed the faster your milk will come in, so just keep offering often! thanks

LittleMilla Thu 22-Aug-13 16:26:24

Elcs and just had vbac for ds2. Milk came in at exactly the same time for both.

also fucking painful both times grin

Pusspuss1 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:23:49

I had an ELCS, breastfed in recovery, produced loads of colostrum and the proper milk came in on day 3.

mrsmartin1984 Thu 22-Aug-13 19:42:37

I had an EmCS with my DD. It is usual for milk to come in a day late and to feel very sore. I was told to supplement but refused and stuck to my guns. Glad I did because it is vicious circle to stop milk production. Still BF at 6 months and long may it continue. I would recommend taking a sling into hospital so you can have lots of skin on skin contact (wish I had done). Make sure you drink lots of water

PetiteRaleuse Thu 22-Aug-13 19:51:50

No delay in mine and didn't have skin to skin with either of them, or even get more than a glance until a few hours later. I think the second time it came in quicker than the first time, not that I was bothered as I was intending to mix feed anyway.

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