My day usually starts at 6am because I have a lot to prepare for the whole day. And then I need to wash/sterilize bottles and breastpump, brew a day’s supply of red date tea and make breakfast.
Sometimes I get up three or four times a night when the baby cries for milk or change diaper. The baby usually wakes up at 7am. Then I will feed him milk and then let him rest for a while before I give him a warm gentle bath. We must take care of the cord, be gentle in cleaning it and then dry it using the alcohol wipe or the medicated powder. It is very important to take care of the cord and not let it get an infection. And I don’t wait for the baby to start crying; I take care of problems before they happen. Newborns generally needs to drink milk every 2-hourly and change diapers every 2-3 hourly. They urine and poop for several times a day, we must change diaper as many times as possible so as to prevent nanny rash. Sometimes they also cry due to fussiness or wind in tummy, or sometimes they just need a cuddle. This can be very stressful for the new parents when their baby cry and they do not know what the baby wants. New parents generally know confinement nanny care for newborns like a professional. They know our advice is best. Some have traditions like binding the baby with cloth, but we know it’s bad for the baby’s growth.
Mommies eat breakfast at around 7am before they breastfeed the baby. They need lots of energy to feed the baby, so I will prepare their food very early. New mothers usually eat several different kinds of breakfast. Sometimes I cook mee sua with egg and some minced meat and vegetables, sometimes its oatmeal cereal, sometimes its French toast and sometimes its fried bee hoon . I would make them milo to go with their breakfast. I would ensure they have a healthy and hearty breakfast to start their day. When the new mother breastfeeds the baby, I guide her to the right position and make sure she is breastfeeding successfully. Then I will go and wash the milk/sterilize the milk bottles before I go to do the laundry for baby and mommy. After that I will boil the herbs and prepare the herbal bath for mommy to bathe.
At around 10am, the mommy needs to eat again. In Singapore, we make plenty of lactation soup like papaya fishbone soup, black beans soup, pork ribs peanut soup, seaweed soup etc to help mothers enrich and produce more milk. The “secret” to abundance of breastmilk is to have plenty of rest and nutritious confinement food. This will help to kickstart your milk production and you will continue to have a successful breastfeeding journey.
Then I spend time with the baby and try to communicate with him/her. You need to understand the baby’s needs, so this time is important. Some babies cry when their family members hold them, but when I hold them, they’ll stop crying immediately. Babies are soothed by my voice and the way I hold them. I make them feel safe.
Around 11am, the baby sleeps again and then I’ll prepare confinement lunch for mommy, with herbal daily soup like dang gui soup,si tang, he shou wu tang etct. Some mommies don’t like herbs so I will make other kind of nutritious soup like chicken soup, mixed veges tomato and carrot soup, lotus root soup, dried seaweed with porkbone soup, fish maw soup etc.I ensure the mothers won’t eat the same meals every day.