Nursing after a c-section *Update in purple*
My sister just had her first baby last Sunday (the 9th) by c-section. She wants to nurse, but is having trouble holding the baby to nurse, so she's just pumping and giving baby milk in a bottle. She wants to put her baby to the breast, but says it's too hard to find a comfortable position.
I will be seeing her this Saturday, and am wanting to help her find a comfortable way to nurse. What tips and advice can I offer her? For moms who have had a c-section, what postions were most comfortable for you and what made nursing easier and more comfortable? I nursed my kids, but didn't have c-sections, so this is new to me.
Update: First of all, thank you to those who responded. I really appreciate the help and advice.
I visited with my sister last Saturday. The football hold wasn't comfortable for her, so she tried the cradle hold. The baby knows there's milk in there and tries to latch on (and he did a couple times for about 10 seconds). I told her that because she's been giving the bottle, he's not used to the breast and to keep trying. I don't know if she's going to try anymore since my mom told me she's just going to pump and bottle feed the baby the milk. While I respect her choice, I do have a concern.
All she has are single hand pumps (one Medela, and one Evenflo). She doesn't want to get a dual electric pump as she thinks that what she has is fine. She also pumps for just less than two minutes, and leans back while pumping (then letting the milk drain into the bottle). I'm afraid that if she keeps this up, the baby isn't going to get adequate nutrition. She got a sample can of formula from the hospital and has been using that in addition to pumped foremilk (I don't think she gets any hindmilk since she doesn't pump long).
I don't know what else to do at this point. My mom told me I need to back off and just let my sister do her own thing. It's going to be hard watching my nephew suffer if things don't shape up, but what can I do.