By: Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC
New mothers are often concerned about making sure their baby is getting enough milk. While this is a common and understandable concern, it is often unfounded and can easily be answered by looking for certain signs. Here are some ways to know your baby is getting enough milk:
Count diapers: in the first couple of days after birth, your newborn will have very few diapers. ?After day 4, look for at least 3 bowel movements that are larger than a quarter. ?This is a good sign that they are getting enough milk. ?If babies aren?t eating enough, they will stop having bowel movements before they stop urinating. ?As for wet diapers, keep your eyes out for at least 5 well-soaked diapers in a 24 hour period.
Listen for swallows: When your baby is drinking milk, you may be able to hear a ?cuh? sound every couple of seconds. ?This may make itself more present once your white milk has come in and your production is starting to ramp up.
Feel your breasts: once your white milk has come in (around day 3 or so), you may notice your breasts feeling fuller. ?Take notice of them after you nurse – do your breasts feel softer? ?If so, your baby likely had a full feeding. ?Again, you may not notice this right away – that?s normal.
Watch your baby: babies will look and act content after feeds, often falling asleep. ?Watch for their little fists unfurling, and their arms relaxing. ?These are signs of a full tummy.
Check the weight: when your baby is getting enough milk, they will gain weight steadily: the average weight gain for the first 3 months is roughly 1 ounce per day. ?After 3 months, they will continue to gain at a slightly lower rate.
If you find that you are not experiencing all these things, contact and IBCLC. There could be a number of reasons why, and a skilled IBCLC can support you in resolving these issues.
Vitality NW has free weight checks at the clinic on Wednesdays from 10:00 – 11:00 am. ?If you have any questions regarding breastfeeding, don?t hesitate to call us at 503.344.1345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.