Is my new baby getting enough breast milk?
Breastfeeding mothers want to know that their baby is getting enough milk. While experts agree that nature’s way is indeed the best for you and your baby, new parents worry because they cannot see how much milk baby is getting from the breast.*
The following are signs that your baby is getting enough during breastfeeding:
- Breastfeeding at least every 3 hours for 15-20 minutes on at least one breast
- Swallowing is heard throughout the feeding
- 6-8 wet diapers/day with at least 2 bowel movements included
- Baby is content and relaxed for at least 1-2 hourse after fedding (unluess “growth spurting” -see below)
- Your baby is back to his or her birth weight by day 14
Using Breast Compression in the first 7-10 days helps to fully empty the breast while your baby is nursing.
See video for latch techniques with compression…
Babies experience many GROUTH SPURTS in the first 6 months… at 8-10 days, 3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, at 3 months, and 6 months. During a growth spurt, the baby acts unhappy with the breast and breastfeeds more frequently, sucks a little stronger and a little longer for 1-2 days. This will increase your milk supply within 24-48 hours. Keep offering your breasts when your baby requests and your milk supply will double! You can expect your baby to gain 1/2-1oz per day after your milk comes in.
Pumping is not a good way to find our how much milk a baby is getting during early breastfeeding. Mothers let-down during breastfeeding much more than during pumping. Why? Because babies are a lot cuter and more cuddly than a breast pump! Most mothers let-down a t least 2 times during a feeding which increases the amount that the bayb receives.
*The lactation consultant can do a ‘feeding weight transfer’ during breastfeeding to give you an indication of just how much breastmilk baby is getting.