Breastfeeding

Is my Baby getting enough milk?

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This is something all new parents are concerned about when they first get started with breastfeeding. Most people will think that by looking at the clock they can determine how much they're feeding on each side.

That somehow this will tell them their baby's getting enough food. It's the one thing most hospitals will encourage you to keep track of. The truth is when you look at the clock, it doesn’t really tell you how much you're baby's eating!

Babies can be sleeping or improperly latched onto your nipple and not getting proper flow. The good news is there are several ways you can definitely tell your baby is getting enough and it has nothing to do with time.

First, you are going to feel your breast at the beginning of the feeding to feel how full it is. If your breast is noticeably softer at the end of the feeding, you know milk went into the baby.

You will also listen for audible swallows. If you hear lots of swallowing going on throughout the feeding, you know your baby is getting lots of breast milk.

You’ll also look to make sure your baby is satisfied when done at the breast. A baby that comes off looking satisfied and not hungry is a good sign that your baby got enough. Most babies will not be quiet if they're still hungry.

The last, but most important, thing to look for are wet diapers. You’ll be looking for at least 6 to 8 wet diapers in a 24-hour period. This is a sure sign you’re your baby is well hydrated and getting enough breast milk.

Most breastfed babies will typically gain between 4-8 ounces per week in the beginning. I don’t usually recommend a baby scale for frequent weighing unless you have an issue with the baby’s weight gain.

Monitoring the signs I listed above, and trips to the pediatrician for accurate weight monitoring is usually sufficient. Remember, we have been breastfeeding our babies longer than we have had formula, scales or even clocks!

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