HOW CAN I TELL IF MY HEALTHY BABY
IS GETTING ENOUGH MILK?
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By Ann Faust, IBCLC

            Regardless if you have milk supply issues or producing too much milk, most mothers worry if their baby is getting enough. Overall and within limits, this is a good thing. Especially during the early days, as reading the new baby’s cues all the time is not an easy thing.

 

Here are some tips to look for to see if your baby is getting enough;

 

The baby looks content and satisfied after most feedings. Face relaxed, hands relaxed, may be sleeping.   (Please do not confuse this with very sleepy babies who do not nurse more than couple of minutes before falling asleep)

 

 

The baby should be healthy and gaining weight after the first two weeks, and should not be losing any weight after the first couple of days after the birth. 

 

 

Your breasts and nipples may be tender during the first two weeks but should not be painful, hurting or bleeding.

 


  

After the first week, your baby should have at least six wet diapers (nappies).  As a measure of thumb you can pour two spoons full of water into a clean diaper and leave it by the changing table. If it is still difficult to tell when your baby is peeing, please put a clean tissue on his/her diapers to watch any urination. Make sure the urine has no offensive odors or color.


 
      After the first couple of days, the baby also should have at least two yellow and seedy bowel movements.

 



       If you have any concerns do not hesitate to take the baby to your healthcare professional to be weighed.

 

 

          

 Please remember if the baby is looking lethargic (very drowsy), dehydrated (mouth is clammy or dry, either baby is not urinating or the urine has unusual heavy odor) and losing weight, contact to your healthcare provider immediately.

 

 

 

 

The above information is true at the time of update (05/09/2011). The information on www.BabyAndMeLC.com  is for general information only. If you have serious concerns about your baby or breastfeeding, speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.