Parenting: New study found over 80% of mothers had problems breastfeeding after cesarean. Here’s what you can do.

Toni Harman
5 min readOct 5, 2022

New community cohort study from Alberta Canada (n = 418), 37% were born by C-section. 80% of those mothers whose baby was born by C-section experienced difficulties with breastfeeding. My take-home message for parents: This is a very common story and it is not good enough.

Parenting tips: New research finds 80% of mothers have problems breastfeeding after cesarean. Here are options to support infant feeding choices.
New Study: Over 80% of mothers who gave birth by C-section had difficulties breastfeeding. Singh J. et al. Can J Public Health (2022).

Useful info for parents and healthcare professionals

This was my story 15 years ago. I had a C-section. I really struggled to breastfeed.

Left on my own with no support, my biggest struggle was with low milk supply. I ended up supplementing with infant formula.

It still makes me feel regret and anger, even now, 15 years later. I wish that someone could have shown me some simple tips to help my baby latch on after surgery. Or to give me some simple suggestions to help improve my milk supply.

Now a new community-based cohort study from Alberta, Canada shows that this is a very familiar story.

The study showed 80% of women had problems breastfeeding after cesarean.

The study found being born by caesarean was associated with stopping breastfeeding earlier than with vaginal birth.

The paper by Singh, J. et al., was published in Canadian Jounral of Public Health on 28th July 2022.

Why I care about this subject

As a C-section mum myself, this is a subject that is close to my heart.

I wish I had known the science.

I wish I had known exactly why exclusive breastfeeding is so important to a child’s long-term health (take our The Science Of Human Milk mini-course to find out!)

I wish I had better support.

If only I had known then what I know now…

Some top parenting tips that could help:

  • Make contact with a specialist breastfeeding consultant (for example, an IBCLC or CLC) WELL BEFORE giving birth.
  • To have support for immediate skin-to-skin contact as soon as possible, ideally starting in the…



Toni Harman

I help parents and health professionals better understand the science of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the microbiome.