Taking the Fear out of a C-Section

Will You Bond?

Fear #4: I won't be able to bond with my baby.

If you're awake for the surgery, you can probably hold your baby right away, according to ACOG. And although I wasn't able to hold Austin immediately (my son was whisked away so the pediatrician could check his heartbeat), Paul was eventually able to hold him and rest his tiny head on my shoulder so I could touch him and kiss his cheek.

If part of the bonding experience you envision involves nursing, rest assured that having a c-section will have no effect on your ability to do so. However, you may not feel up to nursing as soon as moms who've had vaginal births.

"After surgery, patients spend about two hours in the recovery room," says Bayles, "and many don't have the energy to breastfeed after that." But if you're game, go for it.

As with all new mothers, it will take a few days for your milk to come in. At first your baby will be getting colostrum, a thin, yellow fluid that contains antibodies. Even though c-section mothers usually take four to five days to produce milk -- rather than the average two to three days for women who have vaginal births -- the colostrum should be enough nourishment until your milk arrives, Bayles says.

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