Myanmar Baby Answers
Subject: international baby questions
Dear Mother, or friend to a mother,
1. How many hours, on average, do babies sleep at night? What other periods of the day do they sleep and for how long?
2. How many hours, on average, are babies carried during the day? By carried, we mean either slung on the mother/caretaker, backpack or in the hands.
3. In North America, there are many babies with what has been termed colic. These babies will have inconsolable crying for about 3 hours a day usually in the evening before going to sleep (no carrying, feeding, or bouncing stops the crying). On average, how often do babies cry in the day? And would you say that colic babies are common where you live?
4. What do you do to soothe the baby if it starts to cry from its bed at night? And during the day?
5. How often the baby is fed breast milk during a 24 hour period (in a day/night)? What do you feed the baby besides breast milk? And how often?
6. Do babies get gas (farting, stomach problems)?
7. What do mothers eat when they are pregnant and breastfeeding? Are there special foods in your country that mothers eat specifically when they are pregnant? When they are breastfeeding?
My boss just sent me this inquiry about motherhood and mothering which a nomadic friend of hers sent her and she got intrigued by the idea of starting an international dialogue about motherhood and childcare.
Above are the original questions which I received.
Honestly, the idea quite challenged me and fortunately, my mom and my cousin and my sister-in-law helped me to be able to answer those interesting and fabulous questions. We based on our answers on the age range of newborns to 6 months old as my boss suggested. Here are the answers in our local, Myanmar, context.
1. On average, babies sleep ten hours at night. They also sleep in other periods of the day such as morning, afternoon and evening and it lasts around eight hours in total.
2. On average, babies are carried about three hours in sum during the day.
3. Babies cry from three times to five times in the day, on average. Colic babies are not common where I live. Even while they are suffering some pains such as stomachache, they usually cry one hour up most.
4. Mom can soothe the baby by feeding milk if it starts to cry from its bed at night and it stops crying if it is hungry. Otherwise, if the baby is suffering something, it takes more time to soothe and the mom has to carry or bounce walking and going outside the home.
5. The baby is fed breast milk once three hours during a 24 hour period. And the baby is fed water besides breast milk once four hours.
6. Babies get gas like farting and stomach problems.
7. Mothers eat in the way to be enough nutritious for both herself and the embryo eating both vegetables and meat equally when they are pregnant and breastfeeding. And they are use to eat and drink fruits and milk. Although we don’t have special eating habit during the pregnancy and breastfeeding, moms drink much more liquid such as soup and milk especially in the breastfeeding time.
After I have worked those questions, I remained with curiosity of what about motherhood and mothering around the world. This is why, I share the experiences of mothers from Myanmar and I feel it is very interesting to hear from other cultures.