Breastfeeding lying on back after c-section

(13 Posts)
ojalele Sat 20-Aug-16 22:04:01

This question is for my SIL. Inhad 3 c-sections and can't remember how I fed the first times. She is in a lot of pain and can't really sit upright. She wants to feed but is not being given the baby and is uner pressure from her mother to not bother.
Any advice on how to feed lying down on the back with a c-section wound is much appreciated!

Nan0second Sat 20-Aug-16 22:07:15

Rugby ball hold is great post section. Or google / you tube videos of biological nursing position. All will involve her being propped up a bit though!
Sounds like she needs some real life support.

Heirhelp Sat 20-Aug-16 22:12:19

Is she in hospital? Tell her to ring bell every time she needs baby. If she has just been given paracetamol and ibuprofen then she needs to get diclofenic instead of ibuprofen, it is fine for breast feeding. If she is home get her to ring GP on Monday for phone appointment to get better pain meds.

I was not good at breast feeding positions. Try contacting LLL for advice.

working9to5WAWTMAL Sat 20-Aug-16 22:18:18

I was in the same situation - the midwives put the bed bars up on my bed and arranged me in a position around my son so that I was sleeping facing him, but my outstretched arm (above his head ) stopped me rolling onto him. Then when I woke in night I just pulled him to me and fed him. They promised me I wouldn't roll on him anyway. Could you sister get a baby cot that attaches to the bed - it's easy enough to feed them while lying down on your side.

DownWithThisSortaThing Sat 20-Aug-16 22:19:00

I got a booklet in hospital about different positions and latching etc, I'm sure rugby ball was recommended for csections. I'm sure a similar thing will be online somewhere. Definitely buzz when she needs help and ask if there's a bf specialist coming in/on duty at some point to give her some tips and reassurance? There was one floating in and out of our hospital but I've no idea if it's the norm. But she was brilliant.

ojalele Sat 20-Aug-16 22:23:17

She is in the hospital though not in the UK. They do have LLL in the country they are in so I have sent them the link.

Thanks also for the biological nurturing position. I sent them a website with that too.

Snafflebrain Sat 20-Aug-16 22:27:05

I lay on my side with a pillow to support the wound/dressing. I had to have someone help manoeuvre baby into position at first as I could prop myself up so well to do it myself. Also a breastfeeding cushion is good once she can sit as it also cushions the wound area and you don't have to hold baby in position so much.

seven201 Sun 21-Aug-16 11:00:58

I couldn't lie on my side post section but I was fine propped up. It's the getting into the propped up position that hurts but once there fine, for me at least. Rugby ball hold was good to start with but mainly I would have her sort of straggling me bent up leg so she was laying vertically. It took me a while to find what worked for us. Pain management is the key really!

Bear2014 Sun 21-Aug-16 11:06:50

I was in agony after my section but found the most comfy position to lie in was semi-reclined on pillows and then with a couple of pillows under my knees so that my tummy wasn't being tugged downwards by my flat legs. My LO was 9.5lbs but I found I could hold her in a couple of positions to feed like this. And I would have been kicking off big time if anyone refused to give me my baby! Good luck to her, it does improve fairly quickly with the pain.

seven201 Sun 21-Aug-16 12:01:24

Yes good point. I also couldn't have flat legs, always slightly or fully bent.

ojalele Sun 21-Aug-16 17:06:29

Thanks all. She still hasn't had her baby with her. He is being kept under observation in the nursery apparently. By her uncle (who is a doctor) sad

seven201 Sun 21-Aug-16 21:03:55

Oh the poor thing. Is she expressing?

ojalele Sun 21-Aug-16 21:29:15

Not too sure. My DB just sent me a message that the nurses in the nursery are lively and are encouraging here to be there as much as possible. So she's motivated to get mobile! my DN (ooh, that's the first time I can say that!!) seems to be throwing anything he gets back up though. Fingers crossed it will all settle down.

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