yes, of course some are okay with breastfeeding, just have her ask for whatever the C/S moms get..usually vicodin or similar.
arnica, as strong as she can get, like 200k
i got this lovely herbal sitz bath spray from motherlove, it helped tremendously, just spray on.
vitamins, including a LOT of vitamin C..like.....5,000 mg, bare minimum, her body will be burning through it trying to heal.
Mom to a bright & energetic 6 y.o. boy With my sweetie for 10 years now Registered nurse
Doula mama to dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08) and expecting (Apr '17)
But honestly that first week/week and a half was extremely painful. And I wasn't totally pain free for months. I know mamas who have healed more quickly (or been pain free more quickly) but I've been told by many many moms with extensive tears that the first 4-5 weeks are usually pretty bad, then things can remain sensitive till 5-6 months pp. Not painful per se, but sensitive and easily aggravated.
Hopefully her tear isn't as severe as mine was (and tell her congrats on the new babe!) and make sure she rules out infection or popped stitches or a small anal tear that was missed at the birth (it often happens when there is other tearing, and if left unsutured it can lead to funky healing and pain). But once those are ruled out let her know it's not uncommon and it WILL get better. Big hugs and quick healing!
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What helped me most in the beginning was basically avoiding sitting at all. I think I spent the first 8 weeks lying down or balancing on one butt cheek. When I peed, I took a pitcher of warm water with me and poured it out as I peed to neutralize the sting. I took several sitz baths a day with a tannin-based powder which has a similar effect as witch hazel and kind of dries out the wound area. Then I'd blow dry myself down there on a low warm setting for about 5 or 10 minutes.
All the best to her... I hope she is able to enjoy the baby despite the pain!
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