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I had an emergency c/s with ds1, so I had labored for a few days. This, I"m sure helped my milk come in. With ds2, I was still nursing ds1 when I had a planned c/s, so it wasn't an issue. Eight years later I'm going to have another planned c/s, but now I'm hearing stories that it may be hard to start lactating after a planned c/s. Has anyone had this happen? Any advice?

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With my second I was still feeding the first too. With the first I didn't have an elective c/s but I didn't labour either. I had no problems with supply. I was able to feed for the first time in Theatre. I fed on demand, did skin-to-skin for the first 24hrs and co-slept. Other than that, I didn't do anything special to improve my supply.

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I would have them get a pump in for you right away just in case. I had a planned c/s and my twins were small (5lbs and just under) and didn't nurse well, but I was able to pump lots and nurse them a little and my milk came in just fine. I would imagine even if you have a great nurser, adding in a pumping session or two is going to help get that milk in quicker.
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I had an elective with my first child due to health problems. My milk came in just fine. I have also heard the horror stories, but mine was fine. No matter how your child comes out, your body knows to make milk. Not to mention there is colostrum there before birth anyway. Just make sure to feed on demand and often and you will be great :)

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I have had two planned c sections and milk came in very quickly with both-- nursed both children exclusively wout any problems other than mastitis with my daughter from engorgement but that never impacted my nursing or supply ...

C sections have nothing to do with proper milk supply -- just another way people over dramatize c sections
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Thanks for the feedback! It eased my mind a bit. I hadn't thought about it until I read about it somewhere. I'll need a pump anyway for when I head back to work so I'll get one before then just in case. 

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Thanks for the feedback! It eased my mind a bit. I hadn't thought about it until I read about it somewhere. I'll need a pump anyway for when I head back to work so I'll get one before then just in case. 
Make sure to check with your insurance if you are in the US as you can likely get a pump for free.

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