There was NO WAY I was having an epidural or giving birth, so after 8 months of arguing I got my way and had a general caesarian. I was out cold for about 4 hours each time and spent the first night on a morphine drip. The first time I spent 4 days attached to a drip and catheter and was regularly drugged by the nurses as well as taking pills "to help me heal faster", given mostly to shut me up, I suspect. I left hospital after a week swollen and 5 kilos heavier than when I arrived. With number 2, older and wiser, I took charge and paid attention. I controlled the morphine drip and refused to use it after the first night, even when that involved an arguement with the head midwife and the surgeon. I also insisted on having the drip and catheter removed on day 2 and stopped taking their "pain relief" (brufen and home brand nurofen). After returning home the area started swelling and I researched antiinflammatories safe during breastfeeding. Imagine my surprise when brufen appeared. It isnt actually for pain relief at all, but I suppose the midwives think we will take it better if we think it is for the pain. I then took brufen for a month and 9 months later I am still breastfeeding and still drug free apart from the occasional use of a migraine stick when the kids get too noisy. smile To be honest, the pain after the operation really isnt that bad.