How do I know my baby is full when breastfeeding?
Reliable signs your baby is getting enough milk
A very common concern if you are a breastfeeding mother is knowing whether your baby is getting enough milk. And many women would love to be able to measure that milk at every feed and really know where they are up to with breastfeeding but of
The good news is
Weight Gain – The first reliable sign your baby is getting enough milk
The first reliable sign I’d like to talk about is weight gain. Now you would expect your baby to lose a little bit of weight in the first few days, but then to start regaining very, very quickly, maybe 4 to 7 ounces per week, now that can be anywhere between 110 to 200 grams per week if you deal in grams and kilograms! You can also expect your baby to regain his birth weight generally by 10-14 days although some of your babies may take a little bit of extra time,
If your baby isn’t gaining weight in that way, please have a look at the videos regarding boosting supply and positioning as well because sometimes it’s purely because your baby isn’t positioned well, therefore not draining the breast as well as he could be, therefore not getting all of the milk he could be (getting). Sometimes a minor difference with positioning can make the difference, so have a look at those videos and the videos on boosting supply will also give you lots of hints and tips that you can try too, as well as seeking out skilled help from a professional.
But rest assured that your baby’s weight will be plotted on a growth chart by your health professional, so that will give you a good gauge on how your baby is doing weight-wise. And know that there will be flexibility in regards to following on the centile lines. Sometimes babies will drop a little bit and go up a little bit but
And please be assured that the rate of weight gain is going to change
Wet Nappies / Diapers – The 2nd reliable sign your baby is getting enough milk
The second really good reliable sign that can boost your confidence is to look at how many nappies, wet nappies your baby is producing. So after the
Now that is if your baby is wearing disposable nappies. If your baby is in cloth nappies, you would expect a minimum of six to eight wet nappies in 24 hours. And if you want to gauge what a heavy wet nappy is, you could waste a nappy by adding three tablespoons of water on that nappy. That will give you a good gauge of what a heavy wet nappy feels like, and that would, you would expect your baby to produce that amount of nappies as a minimum as the weeks go by.
Dirty Diapers – the third reliable sign your baby is getting enough milk
The third reliable sign that I want to talk about is how much poo your baby actually does. Now in the first week you would expect that black, sticky, meconium poo which very soon, over the first few days turns into a dark-brown colour, a dark green colour, and then we’re looking at by the 4th or 5th day you would expect your baby to produce yellowy, korma-like, coloured, mustardy poos and this is a normal, breastfed baby’s poo that you should expect.
So you might wonder how much poo your baby would be expected to do, and really by the 4th of 5th day onwards, after the birth, expect if you were to scoop up all of that poo in 24 hours, I know you probably wouldn’t do that, you would expect at least 2 to 4 amounts of two pound coin size, equivalent of that. And that would be a good gauge of milk intake. Now every now and again, your baby may go a couple of days without pooing, but you would expect the days’ worth in that nappy. But
And it’s also important to know that the pattern of pooing changes
And I would just like to encourage you to look at the other videos in this section which talk about some less reliable signs actually, things that can cause you to lose confidence in breastfeeding, losing confidence in your milk supply Have a good look at those things so that you can boost your knowledge and your confidence in this area.
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