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    A cesarean delivery may delay the start of breastfeeding . You may be sleepy from medicine or in pain from the surgery. Try breastfeeding your baby as soon as you are able.

    • Ask whether your baby can be brought into the recovery room to be held and breastfed.
    • Ask your nurse or other health professionals to help you position the baby in ways that are comfortable for you. The football hold or the side-lying position may be most comfortable after cesarean delivery, because the baby does not rest on your abdomen. See pictures of the side-lying position and the football hold .

    Other Places To Get Help


    La Leche League International
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women's Health

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Current as ofMay 30, 2016

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