How do i know my baby is getting enough milk?

 How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

 If you notice these signs, your baby should be getting enough milk: Your baby is feeding at least six to eight times a day . Breastfeeding feels comfortable and you are free of pain in your breast and nipple after the first few sucks, once your milk has let down . Your breasts feel softer and less full after feeds. These are some important signs to know that you baby is getting enough amount of breast milk:

  1. Baby’s weight gain: If your baby is gaining weight steadily, then it is a very good sign that he/she is getting enough milk. In the first week of their birth, be prepared to see a weight loss of about 5-10% of the baby’s body weight.after 10-12 days of life a normal newborn gains body weight around 25-30 g/day.
  2. Number of diapers: A baby getting enough breast milk will pass urine at least 6-8 times during the day. Now if you are using disposable diapers, the number could be slightly less since they hold more urine. So count the time you have to change the wet diapers and that will tell you how full their tummy was.
  3. Baby’s stools: If the baby is fed well, the color of the stool would turn dark yellow by the second week. Exclusively breastfed babies are also known to pass stool more than once daily. However, this sign should not be used in isolation because many a times breastfed babies also skip passing stools some days. 
  4. Baby’s swallowing: If you watch/listen carefully, you could see/hear the baby swallow after every few gulps. Many babies are quiet feeders, in which case, this trick might not work for you. Even in such cases, you could see a small movement near lower jaw/upper neck when they swallow. It is also good to keep a watch on if baby has latched well, or is simply nibbling at the nipple
  5. Baby’s response: If your baby is looking content, active and happy after breastfeeding, then chances are he/she got his/her tummy full.
  6. Your breasts: After nursing, your breasts should feel light and soft indicating that baby has emptied the milk .
  7. Breastfeeding frequency: Typically, babies need to be fed every 2-3 hours in the first month – making it to 10-12 feeds every day in a span of 24 hours. In the second month, the frequency might reduce to 8-9 times, and in the third month it will be 7-8 times.but actually its demand feed means you have to nurse your child when he/she demands.

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