Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk
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Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Worried if your breastfed baby is getting enough milk? Here are a few check marks to help you ensure your baby is getting enough milk:

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CheckMark Tracking the diapers is a great indicator of the nutrition and hydration status of the baby.

 

 

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Another great indicator of baby receiving enough breast milk is weight. Almost every baby loses weight the first few days of life. With your colostrum changing to transition milk to mature milk with increase in volume, the baby should start regaining weight by day 4 or 5 of age and back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. It is acceptable for some babies to gain 4-5 ounces per week.‡ The average breastfed baby doubles birth weight by 3-4 months. By one year, the typical breastfed baby will weigh about 2 1/2 – 3 times birth weight. Keeping up with the pediatrician appointment is a key!
Mother begins feels her breast is lighter or softer after feeding which is a great indicator of good milk transfer occurring during breastfeeding.

 

 

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ThumbsUp Observe the baby by looking for or listening for a sucking, swallowing or gulping sound. This is a great way of ensuring a baby is eating well at the breast.
CheckMark The baby should look calm, sleepy, and satisfied after breastfeeding. If the baby is still rooting, put the baby back on the breast. You may observe several times around 3-4 day, 2 weeks, and at 6-8 weeks of age that your baby starts to nurse more than usual. This is a normal pattern indicating possible growth spurts and baby sucking more at the breast to increase your supply to fulfill its growing needs. Always ensure your baby is latched on deeply.

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