8 Essential Tips For Successful Babywearing After a Caesarean

By Brooke Maree

There’s no doubt that babywearing is one of the handiest tools for new parents, especially those with young babies. But what if a mum needs to undergo a c-section for baby’s birth? Whether you are planning a caesarean, recently went through one, or are doing your research “just in case”, this info is for you, mama!

So, can you wear your baby after a c-section? For most mums, the answer is YES! But you might find you need to do a few things differently – after all, you are recovering from abdominal surgery. It is no small thing.

Here are some things you should be aware of:

1. Listen to Your Doctor

Health professionals are there for a reason. If you are advised to not wear your baby, it’s best to avoid doing it. If in doubt, seek a second opinion. A physio can be super important to help with your recovery and provide medical advice on what you should/shouldn’t do post-op!

2. Listen to Your Body

You are the expert on your body. Nobody except you will know what you are feeling. If you feel great, go ahead with caution and common sense. If something doesn’t feel right, take it slow, and maybe set aside your carrier for when you are more recovered.

So, can you wear your baby after a c-section? For most mums, the answer is YES! But you might find you need to do a few things differently – after all, you are recovering from abdominal surgery. It is no small thing.

3. High Carries Above Scar

Carriers with a waistband may bother you for awhile. Try putting the waistband up high (under your boobs) so that it does not make any contact with your scar. Fortunately, this will be the perfect height for a tiny newborn! You may also want to try a ring sling (no waistband) or a wrap (stretchy or woven) as they can mould to your shape very easily.

4. Avoid Heavy Lifting

After a caesarean, your core needs time to heal before you lift heavy weights. With baby in the carrier, you are already adding extra weight, so be careful to not use that hands-free time to lift much else.

5. Experiment

Some carriers will be more comfy than others. If you have them on hand, try using a ring sling, a woven wrap, a stretchy wrap, structured carrier, and a meh dai. Hopefully you will find your sweet spot! Ask in your local babywearing community if you are able to borrow from their lending library or attend one of their free meet-ups, or book in with a babywearing consultant to see what works for you before you make a purchase.

With baby in the carrier, you are already adding extra weight, so be careful to not use that hands-free time to lift much else.

6. Short Bursts

Don’t overdo it. Your baby will get amazing benefits from babywearing, but you probably have years of close cuddles ahead of you. There’s no need to rush into things early on or wear them for hours at a time. Focus on your recovery above all.

7. Give Yourself Time

If you’re not comfortable wearing your baby during the first few weeks, that’s fine and normal. Wait a few days and then try again.

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