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I found this-effects of pain relief in labour,on breastfeeding...

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busyalexsmummy Fri 20-May-05 23:05:51

very intresting and true with my ds after having had an epidural

have a look at this

highlander Sat 21-May-05 22:12:04

oh FFS, another 'you are a terrible person if you choose an elective CS or ANY type of analgesia' article.

motherinferior Sat 21-May-05 22:19:18


also all those studies on epidurals IRCC do a roundup based on the old-style epidurals which many hospitals don't use.

DD1: I had an epidural, deeply shitty birth, didn't want to hold the baby, and breastfed no problem. DD2: home birth in water, breastfed no problem.

motherinferior Sat 21-May-05 22:19:53

'gentle birth' oxymoron IMO!

Pruni Sat 21-May-05 22:19:53

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acnebride Sat 21-May-05 22:20:03

I had quite a negative reaction to this, sorry. Glad you found it interesting.

motherinferior Sat 21-May-05 22:21:05

I recently wrote an article on different birth options and how they are likely to affect the baby and only pethedine seemed likely and that not terribly frequently. Even the increase in instrumental birth after epidural (which yes did happen to me) isn't that great.

motherinferior Sat 21-May-05 22:23:43

Oh and my second baby, the dippyhippywaterbirth one, was in her father's arms for a good half hour after I'd produced her, while I was expelling the placenta and being stitched up - and she attached, gorged herself, chucked up and stayed latched onto my bosoms for what seemed like the next six weeks.

Which I know is only one example and not necessarily statistically representative BUT...

motherinferior Sat 21-May-05 22:24:38

I would have thought that the only real likelihoods are pethedine and an elective C-section (after which I think the milk takes slightly longer to come in); and those are certainly not universal, as plenty of MNers can testify.

motherinferior Sat 21-May-05 22:26:08

sorry that wasn't meant as a personal snipe, btw, any of it

Pruni Sat 21-May-05 22:28:31

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motherinferior Sat 21-May-05 22:30:51

No, I'm afraid I didn't (it wasn't in my job description, guv). I know I was told first time round not to take ibrubrofen.

To be honest, I think I would have ignored any rules certainly first time round. Ouch, shudder, flashback.

Gwenick Sat 21-May-05 22:34:17

I had a CS (with no previous contractions) for DS1 - he latched on beautifully and stayed there for the next 4 months (so beat your MI ), milk came in thick and fast and fed him until he was 14 months old.

Re - -drugs afterwards - I was high on morphine for 2 days afterwards - and that didn't affect things either

serenity Sat 21-May-05 23:30:19

Just to add to this thread, DS2 was induced and although I was fine with gas and air in the beginning, by the time the drip was introduced I was starting to feel a bit desperate. They told me at 3.30 I'd be in labour for another 4 or 5 hours, so I asked for pethadine. Now this takes a good 20 minutes to work and they gave it to me at about 3.45..........DS was born at 4.10 fast asleep. He wouldn't latch on in the hospital, and when we got home later that evening he fell asleep for another 14 hours. So is the point of this that drugs ruined BFing between me and DS2? No, as when he finally woke he latched on and fed with no problems at all! (I quite enjoyed the nights sleep too, even if I did keep checking on him throughout the night )

NotQuiteCockney Sun 22-May-05 10:29:29

Pruni, the drugs they offer after childbirth are ones that don't go into the milk. Ok, morphine does, but codeine, voltrol and paracetamol, which are what I was given after each cs, don't.

This sort of article is quite depressing for those of us who've not been able to have natural births. For a cesarean, it seems that an epidural is inevitable.

I did find breastfeeding easier after my elective, than after my (not-very-)emergency. But then, the emergency cs went better, and was my second baby, so breastfeeding was easier, generally.

aloha Sun 22-May-05 10:53:08

Oh, it's one of those articles from the lunatic fringe of US alternative midwifery. Sigh.
No science, no references....

ghosty Sun 22-May-05 11:07:08

I had epidural, syntocinon, C-section, morphine ... the works, with DS ... he latched on like a pro ...
I had an induction, several 'sweeps', spinal block and c-s followed by iv morphine then tramadol for 2 weeks with DD and she latched on like a pro ... milk came in on day 3 ... breastfed her BRILLIANTLY for nearly 10 months ...

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