Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?


Is my baby getting enough milk??

All mothers who breastfeed want to be successful, but have a nagging fear that they
may not be making enough milk. There are constantly wondering…”How do I know
my bay is getting enough??”

If your baby is back to birth weight by 2-3 weeks you can be reassured….also for
babies who are less than a month old, ask your self these questions:

  • Is the baby having several bowel movements (BMs) in 24
    hours that are mustard yellow with curds in them?
  • Are your baby’s BMs more than a smear?
  • Is the baby wetting 5 – 7 diapers in 24 hours?
  • Do your breasts feel full before feeding and softer after feeding?
  • Is the baby eating at least 8 times in 24 hours?
  • Do you hear swallowing or drinking when the baby is
  • Does the baby seem satisfied after a feeding?
  • Has the baby started gaining 1/2 – 1 ounce per day?
  • Is it comfortable to breastfeed?

If the answer is NO to any of these questions……seek help from a
Lactation Specialist or Board Certified Lactation Consultant. This person
can get your breastfeeding back on track and teach you additional
time honored ways of knowing your baby is doing well.

Rosanne Gephart, MSN, NP, CNM

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