View Full Version : Nursing after surgery
09-11-2007, 10:15 AM
Shes going to be 3 months and I breastfeed, quite often! lol...I'm wondering how soon they let her start feeding again after surgery? Is it right after? A few days? When can you even pick them up?
09-11-2007, 10:34 AM
Again, depends on the doctor. You should be able to hold her pretty soon after surgery. I didn't the first time as she was so sedated and seemed comfortable. You should be able to nurse as soon as she shows interest. I tried the day after surgery and she could care less. By day 3 she started to nurse though. Bring your pump!
09-11-2007, 11:04 AM
pump! yes o.k.! so you're actually able to hold them right after surgery?
09-13-2007, 11:32 AM
I know I was really concerned about being able to bf after surgery and if it would hurt her head to get into position to bf. Our doctor let me bf pretty soon after. I think it was early in the morning after. I did use a lot of pillows because it was softer for her head than laying against my arm. Just be aware that although she might want to bf, much of it might come back up so bring lots of clothes for you!
Also, I would call your hospital and talk to either someone in the PICU or a lactaction consultant. They can help you with finding a private place to pump during the surgery and with storing the milk. Our hospital actually had a pump room and a refidgerator. They provided me with a kit to attach to their pumps and with storage bottles. Even if you have your own pump I would recommend using a hospital grade one if they offer it since you will need to pump quite a bit to keep your supply up when she is eating so much less. Hospital pumps are amazing!!! Good luck!
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