Cesareans Effect on Breastfeeding
Hey ladies, this is Nicole Vascianna, founder of The Village Maternity Services. I’m sitting outside in my car and I wanted to drop in and share with you some information about an email I received a couple of days ago. So basically she was saying she was a third time mom that and she’s one of those lucky moms who by like, day two, day three had an abudant milk supply and this is her first Cesarean and she’s having issues with the amount and she’s producing. It was enough but nowhere near what she’s used to. She wanted to know whether or not that had to do with the fact that she had a C-Section. Let me just give you a disclaimer. The disclaimer is that not all pregnancies have the same outcomes but based on the limited information that she gave me, I told her yes. It’s very possible that because she had a Cesarean that now you have a delayed onset of your full milk supply.
How do most women end up with cesareans? Let’s say you go in for an induction. You're given pitocin to induce labor. Now, you’re being given pain medications because augmentation of labor is too painful so now you more have medications in your system. Then for whatever reasons, medically needed or whatever reason you want to have a Cesarean, now you’re getting more anesthetics, more pain medication in your system and your baby is receiving some of this as well. So, not only are you having a lot of medication in your system but anesthetic medications. In addition to that, you're going to be in bed for a longer period of time.
The third thing is that, you delayed on the bonding time. Whereas a mom that has had a vaginal delivery has time for her baby to latch and bond, when you deliver via a C-Section you don’t have that time to bond, you don have that time to breastfeed. That is on the mom’s side. On the baby’s side, they have much more medication in their system, and so babies tend to be sleepier. They are sleepy, they are lethargic, they are harder to wake up and keep awake, and on top of that, as I said, there’s a lot longer time before they bond, or their first nursing session, just because mom delivered via a C-Section, and you don’t get that time immediately, post child-birth.
So, for reasons you might want to breastfeed, you want a more natural approach, you want to minimize the chance of using formula. I do say, it might not be hurtful or harmful, and it might be to your benefit to look at working with healthier options, like a birth doula, a postpartm doula, lactaction counselors, and this is like before you give birth, so we can provide generous information, because unless you work every with mommies and child birth and pregnancy and there is so much information.
So, I hope that was helpful information for someone who is pregnant. For someone who has just delivered, just had a baby and need to know why, what’s going on. Those are all the possible causes. If you have any more additional questions for me, email me, that’s how you can contact me. email@example.com. My website is villagematernityservices.com.