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OCTOBER 26, 2017

how do I know if my breastfed baby is getting enough milk?

One of mum’s biggest worries is often... is my baby well fed? There are some signs you can look out for to monitor feeding and ensure your baby is healthy...

  • First few days... your baby will only wet 1 - 2 nappies a day
  • After the third or fourth day... your baby will have 6 - 8 wet cloth nappies, or 5 - 6 wet disposable nappies a day
  • For the first few months... your baby should have at least 2 - 5 bowel movements every 24 hours (this may decrease after 6 weeks).
  • Your baby should nurse at least 8 - 12 times in a 24-hour period.
  • You should be able to hear your baby’s swallowing sounds during breastfeeding.
  • Your baby should gain at least 4 - 7 ounces a week, after the fourth day of life.
  • Your baby should be alert, active, appear healthy (good color, firm skin), and growing in length and head circumference.

A good latch is key, so mums should look for these signs of good latching during feeding sessions...

  • Your baby takes a large mouthful of breast
  • Your baby’s chin is firmly pressed against your breast
  • After the first few seconds of discomfort, mum should not feel any pain
  • Your baby’s cheeks stay rounded while sucking
  • Your baby finishes and comes of the breast on their own
  • Your baby’s sucks and swallows should be long and rhythmic (pauses and breaks are normal!)
  • Watch for hunger cues - opening and closing mouth, making sucking noises, opening eyes, and turning towards mum

Feeding problems can leave you feeling a little bit helpless, so don’t be afraid to ask for help! With the right feeding technique, your baby will be nourished in no time.