I’m not sure about people who have had a smooth sailing breastfeeding process. For me it was like running into a dark tunnel. So clueless of what was happening. This is one topic I can go on writing I need an entire website for that.
After a C section the pain is so much that I could hardly position the baby. And most babies who are born early are not able to latch properly and I slept through the lactation class as I was so tired.
It’s unbelievable how I got through that phase. I don’t want to scare anyone but you should surely know what you’re getting into. Just after surgery in the recovery room, when your leg is numb, they ask you to feed a hungry baby.
I had no idea what I was doing, but it’s unbelievably surprising how the baby starts suckling. It’s so natural and cute. But then the trouble starts from the same night. You will have pain, just wanting to sleep, people visiting, whole night the baby crying.
My god it was difficult. And in all this confusion had bad nipple sore to an extent that it cracked so bad and there was a deep wound by the them before I came home.
From then on I used to read and read on the best positions for latching, tried so much.
Kellymom.com has the best resources so far. For me none of this worked as my stomach would pop up in front.
Finally I had to got myself a maternity pillow. That was one of the best things I did, it helped in holding my baby. Review here.
All this gets better as your baby grows and his head stabilizes. Now we do the side lying position which works best.