Myth: If you have a C-section, you won’t be able to enjoy skin-to-skin contact with your baby
While certain parts of your body may be more sensitive to the touch following a C-section, there’s no reason that the procedure should get in the way of skin-to-skin contact between you and your baby. It may just take some time to find a position that is comfortable for both of you. “The area where the scar is might be a little tender, but there is plenty of other skin available for the baby to make contact,” says Jonathan Schaffir, MD, ob-gyn at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. This daily habit can help you quickly recover from a C-section.
Myth: It’s too difficult to breastfeed babies delivered via C-section
Whether to breastfeed or bottle feed your baby is a highly personal decision. But if you want to breastfeed, the method of delivery won’t have a major effect on your ability to do so. Breastfeeding won’t be impossible, but it will require a little patience. It’s true that it does take a little longer for mothers who deliver via C-section to initiate breastfeeding than those who deliver vaginally. But the good news is that rates of breastfeeding are about the same no matter how you give birth between three and 24 months after delivery, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). You may still be in pain right after a C-section, though, so try different ways of holding your baby. Dr. Schaffir suggests positioning your baby in a “football hold” next to your breast instead of a “cradle hold” on top of your stomach. If you’re still struggling to breastfeed after a C-section, meet with a lactation consultant who can offer some tips to make the process a little easier.