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What nursing positions help after a C-section?

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After a C-section, it may be hard to get comfortable to nurse your baby. You can put a pillow over your stomach to ease the baby’s weight, or try these positions:

  • Football hold: Cradle your baby’s neck in your palm, and rest her back on your forearm. Tuck her feet and legs under your arm and then lift her to your breast.
  • Side-lying hold: Lie down facing your baby, and use your hand to bring your nipple to her lips. You can place a pillow behind her back to keep her from rolling.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is a Cesarean Delivery?”

Mayo Clinic: “C-section What You Can Expect,” “C-section Recovery: What to Expect.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding After Cesarean Delivery.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Recovery After a Cesarean Birth.”

University of Rochester Medical Center Obstetrics Division: “Pain Management.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Cesarean Section.”

American Psychological Association: “What is postpartum depression & anxiety?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Health: “What is a Cesarean Delivery?”

Mayo Clinic: “C-section What You Can Expect,” “C-section Recovery: What to Expect.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding After Cesarean Delivery.”

Kaiser Permanente: “Recovery After a Cesarean Birth.”

University of Rochester Medical Center Obstetrics Division: “Pain Management.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Cesarean Section.”

American Psychological Association: “What is postpartum depression & anxiety?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 24, 2019

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