Baby care room became comfy and cozy at UNDP Bishkek

Jul 6, 2017

Hero Photo Courtesy: UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan

A baby care room has been opened at the UNDP National Programme Management Unit in Bishkek. Now mothers can find everything necessary to feed and change their babies and toddlers in a comfortable environment.

The room is equipped with a nappy changing table, a comfortable chair for feeding, a hot and cold water dispenser and a sink.

Increasing number of baby care facilities available contributes to the creation of child-friendly urban environment in Bishkek.

Tips for arranging a baby care room

A breastfeeding room must be arranged in accordance with standards of hygiene and sanitation to ensure the safety of parents and children. UNDP office is more than happy to share detailed information on all aspects of arranging a baby care room kindly provided by UNFPA in the Kyrgyz Republic.

It is essential that baby care room is organized in an accessible place. It should preferably be located on the ground floor with level access; otherwise convenient access to lift should be provided. The door should be wide enough and it would be desirable to have a sign on it, such as “Baby Care Room”.

Feeding babies in a toilet is not hygienic. The baby care room should be a separate room and should not be a part of the toilet.

The room should be comfortable, convenient and safe for babies and toddlers. The breastfeeding room should have non-slip floor. Cleaning staff should check it regularly to ensure hygienic condition. The room should have good illumination, ventilation, and a sink. It is necessary to maintain a comfortable room temperature in the room.

Baby care room should be equipped with a comfortable chair or bench for feeding, a nappy changing table with raised edge, a sink with a soap dispenser, a hand drying facility, waste container with hinged cover, hot and cold water dispenser and a safety mirror. Optional facilities may include clothing hooks beside the chair or the bench for feeding, a small side table and an electrical outlet for breastmilk expression equipment.

15 signs that say a baby is latched correctly

1. Mother looks healthy, relaxed and feels comfortable.

2. Enhanced feelings of affection between mother and child.

3. Baby looks healthy, calm and relaxed.

4. Baby moves her/his mouth in the direction of the chest or does not come off the chest until she/he is full.

5. Mother feels no pain or discomfort.

6. Breast is supported with hand far enough from the nipple.

7. Baby’s head is in line with her/his body.

8. Baby is tightly pressed to the mother's body.

9. Mother supports the whole body of the child.

10. Baby’s chin and nose are resting against the breast.

11. Baby grasps the breast so that most of the areola is visible above the upper lip.

12. Baby’s mouth is open wide with lips turned out, baby's chin touches the chest.

13. Baby is suckling rhythmically and deeply, in short bursts separated by pauses.

14. Baby releases the breast when he/she stops feeding.

15. Mother may notice signs that show that the oxytocin reflex is active.

Svetlana Stolyarova, Intern in UNDP Kyrgyz Republic  

Baby care room in UNDP Kyrgyz Republic National Programmes Impementation Unit

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