The case against confinement nannies

1) Breastfeeding mothers

Most confinement ladies are about the age of our mothers. Remember we are from the formula fed era so they probably raised their own kids on formula and think its the way to go. Most confinement ladies I know of keep telling the new mothers they have not enough milk (I now believe there is seldom a true case of not enough, only of timing mismatch). Even Sister Kang of Mt Alvernia hospital says that when she sees mothers together with confinement nannies often the confinement nanny will say things like its ok here but won’t work at home. To hear this all day long when the new mum (especially first time mums) is already fretting about baby being hungry, crying for food all the time etc, I wouldn’t be surprised there would be higher incidences of post natal depression among mums with confinement nannies. Already without one I was stressing myself out so much for the first few days that I thought I had PND.

2) Uneducated and dangerous

Not properly educated on babycare knowledge. They can have ideas that could potentially harm babies. For example, I was told confinement nanny added an extra scoop of formula to the mixture. That is potentially dangerous. The confinement nanny was sacked on the spot.

3) Short term goals

As Tracy Hoggs said, with babies you should start as you mean to go on. Confinement nannies will only be with the family for a month. They will obviously take the path of least resistance with baby e.g. rock them to sleep so they can sleep. But over time baby gets used to this and dependant on the rocking. when the baby is 5kgs instead of 3, its the parents who have to keep rocking baby to sleep.

4) Stress

Perhaps this is relevant only for weirdoes like me, but I find it really stressful to have a stranger stay with me. I need to ensure she’s honest, clean etc and if she doesn’t, because she has taken care of so many babies, she can easily retort that none of her babies have suffered from her unclean practices. Worst of all would be if she steals etc.

5) If you had the best confinement nanny in the world who doesn’t present the above problems… you will be completely traumatized when she leaves.

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