After having a Caesarian-section it is important to rest and listen to your body and allow time to recover.
That said it can be really difficult when you are also looking after a little newborn as they need a lot of attention. It can be hard to lift and bend over a crib to tend to them and also who wants to miss out on those lovely squishy baby snuggles.
A sling can be a big help if you are confident in using one as it will put less stress on your wound if your baby’s weight is evenly distributed. Bear in mind that it wouldn’t be a good idea to carry an older child.
If you are having a planned section it is a good idea to practice the technique of putting your sling on sitting down before your baby arrives. A woven ring sling or JPMBB stretchy ring sling is ideal as it can easily be placed over your head while sitting and is easily adjusted.
These pictures give you an idea of how to put a ring sling on sitting down: I have not had a c-section and my baby is 4 weeks old so I am dressed in this photo…in the early days you should not be dressed and still relaxing in you jammies while you have the chance 😉
If your c-section wasn’t planned it isn’t too late to learn to use a ring sling. We found the JPMBB stretchy to be ideal in this scenario as it is easy to use and perfect for newborns.
Other types of slings can also be used if you are confident using them but make sure to avoid tying anything over your wound.
Always ensure you listen to your body, don’t do too much, have as much help on hand as possible and contact your health professional if you have any concerns.
If you need help with a sling after a c-section or if you have planned one and you would like to be prepared please contact is at firstname.lastname@example.org
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