Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I give birth naturally after having a c-section?
A. It is possible to give birth naturally after a C-section. 60-80-% of mothers who attempt VBAC deliver their babies vaginally.  You can read more about it here.  You can also download a very useful leaflet about VBACs from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists here:
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Source:  Babycentre

 

Q. Do I really need to wake my baby every two hours for a feed?
A. It all depends on your baby and how he/she is gaining weight. As long as your baby is gaining weight, there is no need to wake him/her for feeds. Hungry babies do not sleep well, so if your baby is sleeping, he/she is probably satisfied.  Read more about it here:
Sources:  Mayo Clinic; Babycentre

 

Q. How do you know whether or not your baby is full?
A. Just like your baby lets you know when he/she is hungry, they will let you know when they are full. They will seem satisfied and not be as restless. There will be a lot less movement and hand to mouth motions. Some babies fall asleep when satisfied.  Some breastfed babies that are content will not want to latch and turn away from the nipple.
Source:  Babygooroo;  Personal Experience!

 

Q. How do you know if your baby is warm enough?
A. You cannot determine whether or not your baby is cold by feeling their hands or feet.  If you are cold, add one layer more than you are wearing to your baby’s clothing.  If your baby looks blotchy or blue, add mittens or socks.

 

Q. How long can I freeze breast milk for?
A. You can refrigerate breast milk for up to five days and freeze it for up to six months.  Thawed breast milk can be refrigerated again for 24 hours. You cannot refreeze it.

 

Q. Can a breast baby be overweight?
A. No matter how fat or chubby your exclusively breastfed baby is – if they are not eating solids – they cannot be overweight.

 

Q. Is home birth a safe choice?
A. This answer describes it best:  “The safety of home birth is the subject of much discussion. Outcomes vary between countries, influenced by how easy it is to transfer to hospital if a complication occurs, and also perhaps by midwifery background. There is, for instance, a great difference between a traditional birth attendant in Country X, and a fully-qualified midwife in the UK. This page summarises published research on homebirth safety and outcomes.” ~ Homebirth.co.uk
Source:  http://www.homebirth.org.uk/

 

Q. Is it important to have a stable routine system?
A. Children with a stable routine system feel safe. Children have to know where their boundaries lie. It gives them a sense of security and stability.

 

Q. Colic – What is it and how do I treat it?
A. “Colic is the name for excessive, frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy. It’s a common problem that affects up to one in five babies.” ~ NHS Choices
Although there are mixed opinions about what Colic actually is and what it is caused by, many are in agreement that it is an incredibly painful sensation experienced in the intestines or abdomen of babies. Common symptoms are an arched back, high pitched or constant crying or screaming, etc. If your baby cries inconsolably for 3-4 hours a day it is possible that your baby may suffer from colic.  Colic is as uncomfortable and exhausting for mothers as it is for babies.  Colic usually goes away by the time your baby is 3-4 months old.  Even though there is no cure for colic – you can treat it. We will do a feature article about it soon but for now you can read more here:
Q. What is a growth spurt?
A. When your baby gains a lot of weight and height in a short period of time. This mostly happens in the first year of your baby’s life but can also take place during the first stages of puberty.  In babies they can occur at two weeks, three weeks, six weeks, three months and six months.  Behaviour typically associated with a growth spurt is feeding less, feeding more, sleeping less or sleeping more.  All babies are different and it’s quite common for them to behave in different ways.  You can read more here:

 

Q. What is a feeding spurt?
A. This is when your baby seems hungrier than usual and wakes for feeds more often. It takes a toll on mommy as she gets very little sleep. Breastfed baby’s will fall asleep at the breast and wake as soon as you unlatch them.

 

Q. How to treat your baby when thrush occurs?
A. Thrush looks like cottage cheese or milk curds on the sides, roof, and sometimes the tongue of a baby’s mouth. Thrush is a type of yeast infection and your baby can pass it on to you if you are breastfeeding. No treatment is needed.
Q. Natural remedies for nappy rash:
A. Egg white and corn starch have done wonders for my baby in the past. It gave immediate relief and the nappy rash was basically gonewithin 24 hours. Read more about natural remedies here.

 

Q. Is my baby teething?

A. Signs of teething include the following.

  •     Drooling.
  •     Irritability.
  •     A tooth visible below the gum.
  •     Swollen, bulging gums.
  •     Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything he/she can get their hands on.
  •     Rubbing his/ her face.
  •     Difficulty sleeping.
  •     Turning away food.
  • Breastfed babies will use your breast as a teething ring. This will cause you pain and discomfort, but rest assured – it too shall pass.
Source:  www.babycenter.com/0_teething-signs-and-symptoms_10357437.bc