cesarean affects breastmilk intake

July 2004
Mothering;Jul/Aug2004, Issue 125, p24
An infant born by cesarean section may receive less breast milk from his or her mother. This is according to a new Australian study, which compared the volume of milk transferred during the first week of life to infants born vaginally to that received by those born by cesarean. The study found that the volume of milk transferred to the latter was significantly less than that transferred to the former during the second to fifth days. Birth weight was regained by the sixth day in 40 percent of vaginally born infants and 20 percent of those born by cesarean. Subjects included 88 mothers who had a vaginal delivery and 97 mothers who had a cesarean section.


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