Your baby

Daily routine with your baby

«My baby and I are already quite a well-rehearsed team. But I do have questions and feel insecure from time to time. How often should my baby feed? How often should I bathe my baby? How often does my baby need to be changed? What if my baby keeps crying at night? When should I stop breastfeeding?»


After the pregnancy and birth, you're now gradually establishing a daily routine with your baby. You're learning the ropes to looking after your baby and experiencing a special time together.

Feeding, changing and bathing your baby are without doubt some of the nicest duties you have as a mother. Enjoy these moments of close intimacy. The more skin contact your baby has, the more secure it feels.

You'll soon discover that your baby is developing their own personality. Your baby will cry if they need something or don't feel well. And sleep peacefully if all is well in their little world. Several factors might stop your baby sleeping. Newborns need to develop a sleep cycle in the first few weeks. So it's quite normal for babies to wake up at any time of the day or night. The midwife can provide hints and tips if your baby has particular problems sleeping.

Breast milk: the best food for your baby

It's wonderful if you're able to breastfeed your baby. Your milk is the best food for your newborn. Babies feed differently. One may be full in ten minutes, another might suckle away for 30 to 40 minutes.

In the first few weeks, your baby will need to feed eight to twelve times every 24 hours. In addition to providing nutrition, breastfeeding satisfies your baby's need to suckle. Suckling relaxes your baby. You and your baby can decide how long to continue breastfeeding. Institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF recommend breastfeeding for a full six months at least. Breastfeeding for longer will not harm you or your baby. However, experts recommend that you begin supplementing breast milk with weaning food between four and six months, to give your child the energy they need to grow.

Talk to your midwife or breastfeeding counsellor if you are struggling with breastfeeding. They will also advise you on monitoring your baby's weight.

Should I stop breastfeeding once my baby's first teeth arrive?

Teeth and breastfeeding are not incompatible. Every baby begins teething in their own sweet time. Some babies are even born with teeth. Most babies don't bite when feeding. But if your baby does bite, don't scream. Instead, you should interrupt the feed and make eye contact with your child.

Not enough breast milk?

Don't be too worried if you feel that you're not producing enough milk. There's rarely any serious problem. Bear in mind that the size of your breasts has no effect on milk production. Producing enough milk is entirely dependent on the tissue of the mammary glands. So even if you have small breasts, you will still be able to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding and medication

If you have to take medication at any point while breastfeeding, remember to consider your baby. As a general rule, breast milk hardly ever contains dangerous levels of medicinal products, but you should always consult your doctor.

More detailed information and useful advice on breastfeeding can be found on the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Breastfeeding website.

Baby clothes

There is a handy rule of thumb for children's clothes: your baby should always be wearing one more layer than you. The rule applies in summer and in winter alike. When it is cold, your baby will stay warm under several layers. There is no need to worry if your baby has cold hands or feet: just pull on some mittens or socks. What your baby most needs, however, is physical contact.

You should always wash new baby clothes once or twice before use. It's best to use a liquid, fragrance-free detergent. Avoid fabric softeners, which can irritate the skin. Always wash baby clothes at 60°C and rinse thoroughly, to prevent allergic reactions.

Choosing a paediatrician

If this is your first child, you should now be looking for a paediatrician. Ideally, you want to choose a practice that is not too far away, so you can get there quickly if your baby becomes ill or requires emergency treatment.

Registering and insuring your baby

Don't forget that your baby has to be registered with your local authority. If it was born in hospital or at a birthing centre, the secretarial office usually takes care of this. If you gave birth at home, you will need to take care of the registration yourself. Also bear in mind that, aside from loving care, your baby needs insurance protection tailored to your needs. But you may have already taken care of this before or during your pregnancy.

Free advice for mothers and fathers

The arrival of a baby brings with it many questions. New mothers and fathers may be grateful for useful tips and information from specialists. You can obtain free advice and support from the service for mothers and fathers provided by your local authority. Don't hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.

What can Helsana do for you?

Breastfeeding guidance

As part of your basic insurance, you have the right to three breastfeeding guidance sessions with a midwife or another specially trained nurse. Breastfeeding guidance replaces the breastfeeding allowance, which was abolished with the 1996 revision of the Health Insurance Act.

If you don't have enough breast milk, the basic insurance will cover the costs for supplements such as vitamin D3. However, you will need to pay for powdered products yourself.


The costs for postnatal services of a midwife are covered by your basic insurance up to the eighth week after giving birth. Please bear in mind that midwives are very busy specialists. If you didn't use the services of a midwife during your pregnancy, you should contact one as soon as possible. Your best option is to contact the Swiss midwives association directly.


If you need a breast pump, you can hire or buy one. Your basic insurance will cover hire costs for an electric breast pump of up to CHF 2 per day. If you buy a manual pump, we'll reimburse you up to a maximum of CHF 30 from your basic insurance. Please note that we have to reapply the copayment and deductible for all insured costs from eight weeks after the birth.

You can order a breast pump that appeals to you online and benefit from a 10% discount in the "Zur Rose" online pharmacy.

Household help

As you are now devoting all your attention to your baby and family, you may not have enough time for housekeeping. Household help can relieve you of several household chores so that you can look after yourself and your loved ones while staying as relaxed as possible.

The costs for household help after the birth of your baby are covered by supplementary hospital insurances. Depending on the supplementary insurance you chose, you can benefit from a reimbursement of CHF 30 to CHF 90 per day.


Basic insurance
Examinations and consultations
Check-ups and ultrasound examinations
  • In the event of a normal pregnancy, you are entitled to seven check-ups carried out by a doctor or by a midwife.
  • We will also reimburse you for two ultrasound examinations carried out by a doctor.
  • For a high-risk pregnancy, you will receive the costs of all necessary check-ups and ultrasound examinations.
Breastfeeding guidance
  • You receive 3 sessions of breastfeeding guidance from a midwife or specially trained nursing staff. In case of multiple births, you receive up to 2 additional guidance sessions.
  • Breastfeeding guidance replaces the breastfeeding allowance. This was abolished with the 1996 revision of the Health Insurance Act.

90% up to CHF 750.–

CHF 750 is the total amount payable to cover all preventative treatment measures.

In addition to the pregnancy-related benefits included in the basic insurance, you will 90% of the costs of additional ultrasound examinations up to a maximum of CHF 750 per calendar year .

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Medical aids and equipment

Basic insurance
According to list

You receive the costs of medically prescribed aids and apparatus, such as crutches, blood-sugar measuring devices, inhalation/respiration therapy equipment and compression stockings, up to the maximum amount specified by law.

This is on condition that the medical aids are listed in the aids and equipment list and that you obtain them from an authorised provider.

90% up to CHF 1,000 / Fixed amount

You receive 90% of the costs of medically prescribed aids and equipment that improve restricted body functions, such as blood pressure monitors and orthopaedic shoe inserts, up to CHF 1,000 per year.

This is on condition that the aids and equipment are recognised by us.

For reusable aids, you receive costs up to the fixed amount. You can find these in the list of reusable aids and equipment.

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90% up to CHF 1,500 / Fixed amount

You receive 90% of the costs of medically prescribed aids and equipment that improve restricted body functions, such as blood pressure monitors and orthopaedic shoe inserts, up to CHF 1,500 per year.

This is on condition that the aids and equipment are recognised by us.

For reusable aids, you receive costs up to the fixed amount. You can find these in the list of reusable aids and equipment.

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Excess amount

Applies if you also receive a contribution from basic insurance.

You do not receive any contributions for excesses of other social insurance institutions such as AHV or disability insurance.

If the benefits you receive for medical aids from your basic insurance are not enough to cover the entire cost, you receive up to CHF 5,000 per year towards the uncovered part of the cost.

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