One of the hardest things that many cesarean mothers have to come to terms with is a changed breastfeeding relationship. There are many reasons why this might occur with a cesarean surgery, such as:
- separation from baby
- blood loss leading to a delay or destruction of supply
- no support from providers in the early days
- recovery making it hard to nurse
- perception of low supply
- fear of further failure after “failing” at birth.
Here are some studies which are encouraging about breastfeeding and cesarean because they help us to understand a few good truths:
- Moms are resilient. Even though a low supply can occur the first few days after surgery, by six days, supply should be fully recovered and the milk in for most moms.