Breastfeeding is hard but after having a c-section, it’s even harder! You can find tips for breastfeeding post c-section with this little freebie. And in this post, you’ll find the tools that were loved and recommended by several c-section parents.
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- firm breastfeeding pillow – I’m just sharing what was most popular amongst c-section parents that I spoke with. about 44 percent said this pillow: the my brestfriend pillow was phenomenal. it’s firm, has a strap to keep it secure, and back support. it also has pockets!! I do want to also state that a big percentage recommended the softer breastfeeding pillow (the boppy) but the perks in this pillow is what got it included in the post 😉
- extra pillows – choose WHATEVER pillow works for you! you may also have several pillows already available at home. but if you don’t, I’d recommend going out and buying at least 2-3 extra pillows. this pillow also came highly recommend as a breastfeeding pillow but it’s marketed purpose was for neck and back support so hey, could be the best of both worlds.
- abdominal binder – protecting and support your abs and that incision are a must. if you’re feeding over it and/or putting any extra pressure on it, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have this tool. here are two options! this one is a best seller on amazon with great reviews. this other binder also has great reviews, is about the same price, and sold online and in stores. if you’re looking for a plus sized option, here is a popular pick.
- nursing stool – I’m 90 percent sure I’m using this stool as we speak! it gives your abs a little more support if your legs don’t rest at a 90 degree angle when you’re seated.
- mobile cart – having a cart nearby minimizes too much leaning back and forth. with it being mobile, it helps that you can bring it to you versus reaching for it! this mobile cart is available in many colors and super affordable.
- owala water bottle – specifically the owala freesip! I know a lot of people are going to recommend the Stanley cup but this one, in my opinion, is a game changer if you don’t want to do a lot of movement. I love this water bottle because it has a lid to cover the sip area but it also has a straw, so you can sip OR suck. and it doesn’t leak! you can store this in your nursing pillow or let it fall next to you on the couch or even sit with it next to your hip in your glider. 🙂
- snacks – I’m not including a link for snacks because snacks are up to you! I would definitely recommend some protein bars or oatmeal bars that you like! If you’re going to drink warm liquids, I’d recommend bone broth… it’s so cozy and comforting.
- pain medicine – keep that medicine nearby! preferably in your cart or pillow, next to your water bottle. this could include your prescribed pain meds or over the counter. and remember if you’re concerned about taking any medication while breastfeeding, consult infant risk resources.
- nursing bra – in the freebie and breastfeeding course, breast swelling from excess iv fluids is discussed. nursing bras help slightly elevate the breast which can help with the swelling. this bra is a best seller on amazon. and this is a great plus sized option.
optional things that could be helpful:
- breast massager + warmer – sometimes, post c-section, your body is in need of a little more TLC. your breasts may need some massage and only a tiny bit of warmth to encourage milk flow. this breast massager/warmer can be really helpful for some but it’s not a 100 percent necessity!
there you have it! the most popular tools recommend for breastfeeding post c-section! If you’re reading this and youre pregnant, I’d also recommend taking my hospital breastfeeding course that covers more of what to expect. this freebie guide also covers breastfeeding post c-section.