Stay in the Postnatal Clinic
Depending on how your birth proceeded, your stay in the Postnatal Clinic will vary in length – usually it would be three nights after a normal birth and four after a Caesarean section. During this time you will be under medical supervision, and we will not only monitor your recovery but will also support you to successfully start breastfeeding.
During your stay at Nadezhda, the obstetricians from the Neonatology Department and Postnatal Clinic will help you to breastfeed your baby if you wish.
Contact them with any questions or for support.
If necessary, upon your request or the recommendation of a physician, the baby may be fed with adapted milk prepared in the dairy kitchen of the Neonatology Department.
If you do not wish your child to receive adapted milk, you may state your wishes and if your child’s health permits – they will be respected.
There are 20 mechanical and one electric breast pumps available for your use at the Postnatal Clinic, which are sterilized in the hospital Sterilization Room at 121 degrees.
You may also use a personal pump, if you bring one, and have it sterilized in the sterilizer available in the Postnatal Clinic canteen.
Home sterilisation equipment does not meet modern medical requirements for sterility. It is therefore inadvisable to use other people’s appliances/pumps/tips if they have not been sterilised in the hospital sterilisation room.
It is advisable to carry with you and use as necessary:
- disposable absorbent pads in case of spontaneous breast milk leakage;
- nipple cream (to contain pure medical grade lanolin and NOT to require washing off before breastfeeding).
The best food for the newborn is breast milk. It contains all the necessary nutrients and bio-active substances for the proper development of the child. Breast milk also contains a high percentage of water, so it is not necessary to give the infant any extra water.
It is recommended that the newborn is exclusively breastfed until the age of 6 months, but sometimes for a number of reasons this is not possible. When it is not possible for the child to receive the amount of breast milk needed for his/her age, it is either supplemented or switched entirely to formula feeding – food formulas designed to resemble breast milk. It is not recommended to give unadapted milk to children under 1 year of age because of the risk of allergy.
Irrespective of whether your baby will be receiving breastmilk or formula milk, use feeding times to bond with the baby.