“How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?“ This is one of the most common concerns of breastfeeding mothers.
Wondering whether her newborn is getting enough milk can cause a lot of stress for a new mother. For some women, this worry is the reason they stop breastfeeding.
That’s why it’s important to be able to recognize signs that feeding is going well and that your baby is getting all the nutrition he (or she) needs. Then you can breastfeed with confidence.
Signs Of A Well-Fed Baby
If your baby is happy, sleeps well, and breastfeeds eight to 12 times in a 24- hour period during the first months, hes getting enough milk.
- Wet diapers – In the first three days of life, you can expect one or two wet diapers per day. By the sixth day, this will increase to six wet diapers per day. After that, you will know your baby is getting enough milk when there are six to eight heavy, wet diapers in a 24-hour period.
- Bowel movements – In the first two months, your breastfed baby should have two or more yellow, seedy stools in a 24-hour period. After one to two months, he might have one every two days, one every week, or even less frequently.
- Weight gain – A weight loss of up to 10 per cent of birth weight is normal at first. Your baby should return to his birth weight within two weeks. After that, gaining four to eight ounces per week is considered average.
When To Get Help
Call your doctor, midwife, public health nurse, lactation consultant or your local branch of La Leche League if:
- Your baby’s urine is concentrated, rather than pale in colour.
- Your baby is wetting less than one to two diapers per day for the first three days, or less than six by the sixth day.
- Your baby is sleepy and hard to wake for feedings.
- Your baby feeds less than eight times or more than 12 times in a 24-hour period.
- You have sore nipples or your nipples are cracked and bruised or bleeding (often a sign of incorrect latching).
- An area of your breast is red and hardened, and you also have a fever, chills or other flu-like symptoms. BW
Published in March 2007