It’s hard for you to know if your baby is getting enough milk since they can’t communicate yet. Fortunately, there are some signs to help you understand if your baby is having their fill. Read more below.
Weight gain is the most accurate way to determine if your baby is getting enough milk. Most newborns lose at least several grams in the first couple of days before they start to steadily gain weight. They are usually back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Breast-fed babies gain an average of 0.11 kg- 0.22 kg a week in the early months.
After the fifth day of life, baby should have at least 5 or 6 wet diapers a day containing urine that is pale and odorless. If you have trouble determining if the diapers are wet, place a piece of toilet paper in the front portion of diaper when changing your baby. If it is saturated after several hours, you’ll know baby is urinating frequently.
Baby should have at least 2 bowel movements every day. The early bowel movements will be black and tarry, but by the 4th day, they should become more mustard/yellowish in colour and loose in consistency, maybe even seedy.
You should hear swallowing every couple of sucks. It will sometimes take a couple of minutes for your milk to flow before you hear frequent swallowing. If your baby is swallowing infrequently after the first few days of life and is feeding often for 45-60 minutes at a time, call your lactation consultant or your baby’s health care provider for assistance.
Your breasts should feel softer and look smaller after nursing, however it is common to have larger breasts in the first few weeks of nursing. As your milk supply evens out with baby’s demands, breasts may become closer to pre-pregnancy size.
Breastfeeding moms should consume a healthy balanced diet with adequate amounts of liquids in order to ensure an appropriate consistency and fluency of the breast milk. This is important for the baby to get full after each feed and to be able to sleep well.
Mothers should give the baby enough time at each breast in order for him to reach the hind milk and get an adequate amount of fat from each feed.
Compare your child’s weight with other children their age
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