FAQs related to maternity
home stay \ immediate post delivery period
Q1. When can I hold
my baby & start breastfeeding after delivery?
should hold the baby in naked skin to skin contact
within half an hour of delivery (prior to this
you can hold the baby cheek to cheek & kiss
it too). It is also recommended that baby's
face should touch nipple & areola. This
is called early contact & should last for
at least half an hour. As soon as baby shows
readiness to suckle the baby should be breastfed.
Early contact & first breastfeed has several
A] Baby remains warm.
B] Baby gets friendly germs from mother's body.
This prevents infection in the baby.
C] Helps early initiation & establishment
D] Mother continues to produce milk for longer
period of time.
E] Controls post delivery bleeding in the mother.
F] Establishes a good bond between the mother
& her baby.
In case of caesarean delivery first contact
& breastfeed should be given as soon as
mother is out of the effects of anesthesia but
not later than 4 hours after delivery (If possible
baby should be shown to the mother soon after
delivery in the operation theatre. As recommended
after normal delivery mother can hold the baby
for a short time in close cheek to cheek contact
& kiss it). Mother will need extra help
from the maternity home staff & her relatives
for initiation & establishment of breastfeeds.
Q2. My mother in law
wants to feed few drops of honey to the baby
before I give first breastfeed after delivery.
Is it a good custom to do so?
drink prior to first breastfeed is called 'Prelacteal
feed'. It is not recommended to
use prelacteal feeds because it can introduce
infection in the baby. If the quantity of prelacteal
feed is large it can delay first breastfeed
because baby's stomach would get full.
Q3. I have been told
that it takes 2-3 days for the milk to come?
What should I feed to the baby during this period?
milk takes 2-3 days to come, mother produces
colostrum in this period. Colostrum is less
in quantity but high in quality. It is highly
nutritious & hence sufficient for the baby.
It is also protective & can be considered
as the first vaccine which the baby gets. Colostrum
promotes maturation of baby's intestines. Hence
baby does not need any milk, water or any other
fluid in this period. Your relatives also should
promote you & support you to put the baby
frequently to the breast. Neither you nor your
relatives should force the staff to give top
milk or water to the baby in this period. Maternity
home staff also needs to be properly trained
in lactation management in order to help, support
& encourage mother in this period. However
your motivation to exclusively breastfeed in
this period is most important.
Q4. Where the baby
should be kept after delivery?
only that the baby should be kept in the same
room (rooming in) but should be kept in the
same bed (bedding in). Baby should not be kept
in the cradle. Mother can easily take care of
babies needs with baby lying next to her. Mother
also feels relaxed with this arrangement. Bedding
in promotes demand feeding. It helps early &
successful establishment of breastfeeding. Bedding
in also prevents infection in the baby by promoting
mother's friendly germs to colonize on the baby.
Mother learns to take care of the baby herself.
It is not recommended to keep the baby in baby
Q5. How frequently
(and for how long) should I feed the baby? How
long should I feed on one breast?
should be given demand feeding. Feed your baby
whenever baby wants & for as long as it
wants. Some babies are 'fast feeders' while
some are 'slow feeders'. Feed on one side as
long as possible because the milk which comes
initially is rich in water & sugar (foremilk),
while the milk which comes in the later part
breastfeed is rich in fats (hind milk). Demand
feeding stimulates milk production & prevents
breast engorgement. It also helps to reduce
the intensity of normal jaundice seen in most
babies after delivery.
to FAQs |