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New Research Proves Breastfeeding Reduces Chronic Pain of C-Section

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Reducing excruciating pain after going through C-section delivery – Breast feeding’s incredible benefits are never ending. With India’s C-section rate rising to a whopping 40%, breastfeeding has become a rescuer again to let you help through the surgery’s after effects.

According to a new research, mothers who exclusively breastfeed their newborns for more than 2 months were 3 times less likely to suffer from any persistent pain from C-section surgery than the mothers who breastfed their babies for less than 2 months. 23% of the mothers who breastfed for less than 2 months reported to have experienced pain at the site of the incision after 4 months postpartum. This number was in sharp contrast to the mothers who breastfed for more than 2 months out of which only 8% reported experiencing any pain from their surgery.

pain after c-section

The research was presented at Euroanaesthesia Congress 2017 in Geneva. Researchers from Spain conducted the study on 185 mothers from January 2015 to December 2016. The mothers were questioned about their incision pain within first 24 hours of operation, then again after 72 hours of operation. The mothers were then asked the same question 4 months later.

The research also pointed out that 54% of the mothers who breastfeed suffer from anxiety which can be the reason why pain from C-section incision recurs after 4 months of operation.


Another recent research, which involves 15 past studies also proved that mothers who breastfeed their children for the recommended 6 months were 11% less likely to develop endometrial cancer later in their life. However, there was no such link found after 6-9 months of breastfeeding. The study involved over 26,000 moms from USA, Australia, China, Canada and Europe.

pain after c-section


Other benefits for Mothers who breastfeed include:

  • It reduces the risk of developing breast cancer. This is because breastfeeding helps promote healthier choices in mom, breast cells work towards making milk 24/7 and hence, they don’t get any chance to develop into cancer cells and missing periods helps the body produce less estrogen – all the factors help to reduce breast cancer risk. (1)
  • It reduces the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Breastfeeding helps to absorb Calcium better by the body. And hence, helps in reducing chances of developing any problems related to bone health. Another research also pointed out that breastfeeding reduces the chances of hip fracture in women who have breastfed at least one child throughout their life. 
  • Breastfeeding burns 500 calories in a day which is equal to an hour of jogging. Therefore, exclusively breastfeeding along with healthy eating will help you to lose more than half of your baby weight easily.


While there have been a lot of studies on how newborns and babies are benefitted by breastfeeding, the same amount of research is lacking when it comes to how breastfeeding is of value to the mothers too. Therefore, researchers around the world are working to find out how the mighty breastfeeding is good for the new mothers.

The above two types of research prove that the results won’t disappoint us at ALL!

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  • Reply Michelle 14/06/2017 at 1:36 am

    I had all my children through vaginal birth but I did breastfeed. There are just so many benefits to it. I did thought have to supplement with formula for my last child. His lower jaw wasn’t fully formed and he was hospitalized due to poor weight gain. We didn’t learn of his jaw issue until we were there and after numerous tests were run. I had to learn to support his jaw to feed him while breastfeeding and when bottle feeding. The formula was added to get his weight up so we could take him home.
    Michelle/ Life of an Imperfect Mom

  • Reply Carrie Wiley 14/06/2017 at 2:02 am

    This is so fascinating to me! 1 out of 4 of mine was a C-Section and I breastfed all of them. I would say it was true for me. I have had ZERO scar pain after the initial healing process.

  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho 14/06/2017 at 9:07 am

    There is no doubt that breastfeeding is best for mother and for baby. It is nice to see research backing that up.

  • Reply Sapana V 14/06/2017 at 10:38 pm

    This is a really great piece of information. Breastfeeding is very important.

  • Reply ohmummymia 15/06/2017 at 1:33 am

    Oh good to know:) I’ve never heard about it before

  • Reply Emily@happymomblog 15/06/2017 at 6:50 am

    There are so many benefits of breastfeeding. It’s free, it readily available, and no bottles to clean or sterilize. And knowing that it can help reduce pain after c-section is a plus! I’ve never had a c-section before and I heard it’s incredibly painful to heal afterwards!

  • Reply Barbara Alfeo 16/06/2017 at 11:36 am

    Ugh, I wish the losing weight benefit was real for me. I am 9 months in and can’t get weight off to save my life.

    You could add breastfeeding is eco-friendly and free! Two of the best parts!

    • Reply admin 16/06/2017 at 2:32 pm

      Good point. Breastfeeding is definitely much cheaper and easier. I will add it.

  • Reply Keith Chinnery 20/06/2017 at 12:20 pm

    This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

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