We have organised some frequently asked questions about Mamatoto and breastfeeding.
This is an individual decision but WHO/UNICEF recommends that babies should be exclusively ( no water, juice, solids) breastfed for the first 6 months of life, then introducing solid foods and continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years of age and beyond.
Your breastfed baby does not need anything but your milk. Breast milk has enough water for your baby’s needs even in hot climates. If your baby is thirsty or hungry he/she will feed more often.
Having a baby is tiring whether you breastfeed or not. It is important to get help after having a baby. As your baby grows he will sleep for longer periods.
Drinking milk does not help you to make milk. Milk and anything with dairy eg pizza, cheese, ice cream, chocolate may cause your baby to have colic.
No. Pregnancy changes the shape of your body and then there is gravity!
Baby’s stomachs are very small- starting with the size of a marble, then a walnut and ping pong ball and as breast milk is digested very easily babies take a little at a time, digest it quickly and come for more. The more a baby feeds the more milk you make.
Yes. Your baby’s stool for about the first five days is called meconium. This is very dark but gradually turns watery, mustard coloured and may be frequent.
Except in exceptional circumstances, you should continue to breastfeed – you will be making antibodies which are passed through your milk to your baby.
Your full term normal baby should breastfeed 10-12 times in 24 hour period- pass urine, poop and put on weight. Your baby should be seen at a Health Centre, Midwife, Lactation Consultant or Doctor to make sure that your baby is thriving.
For the first few days your baby get colostrum. The milk will come within a few days of birth- the more you breastfeed, the quicker your milk will come.
There is no nursery at the Centre. The baby stays in the room with you at all times.
Immediately after birth, the baby usually goes up to the mother's abdomen/chest. Skin-to-skin contact is established and breastfeeding is initiated.
The "Birth Package" - the cost for giving birth at the Centre - includes: 2 birth attendants and a doula attending the birth; birth supplies; the birthing room and 1 visit after you have given birth.
All of our Support Groups; Educational Sessions and Classes are open to everyone whether you are a client at the Centre or not.
A doula is someone who is trained to provide emotional and physical support to you and your partner during the labour and birth.
The Mamatoto birth team which consists of a Midwife, a Midwife's Assistant and a Doula.
We accept low-risk pregnancies. There is a strict set of criteria - a "Risk Assessment" - which must be met prior to acceptance for birth.
If a complication develops during labour, we have a fully equipped emergency cart and a 24 hour on-call ambulance service. The ambulance will transfer you to a pre-arranged institution of your choice.
The length of stay after giving birth is generally 4 - 6 hours. A visit within 1 week after birth is included in the Birth Costs.
At the first sign of labour you contact the On-Call Midwife. The decision about when to come in is made together. Usually it is when you are in active labour.