There are many signs you can watch for to see if your baby is getting enough milk, including the following:
- Your baby passes enough clear or pale yellow urine .The urine is not deep yellow or orange.
- Your baby has enough bowel movements.
- Your baby switches between short sleeping periods and wakeful, alert periods.
- Your baby is satisfied and content after feedings.
- Your breasts may feel softer after you feed your baby.
From birth to 3 months old, a baby usually will gain two-thirds to one ounce of weight each day. Keep in mind that many babies lose a small amount of weight in the first days after birth. Your baby’s doctor will check your baby’s weight at your first doctor visit after you leave the hospital. Make sure to visit your baby’s doctor for a checkup within three to five days after birth and then again when the baby is 2 to 3 weeks old.
How much do babies typically eat when breastfeeding?
A newborn’s tummy is very small, especially in the early days. Once breastfeeding is established, exclusively breastfed babies who are 1 to 6 months old take in between 19 and 30 ounces of breastmilk each day. If you breastfeed your baby eight times a day, your baby will get around 3 ounces per feeding. But every baby is different.
The Newborn Tummy
At birth, the baby’s stomach can comfortably digest what would fit in a hazelnut (about 1 to 2 teaspoons). By around 10 days, the baby’s stomach grows to hold about 2 ounces, or what would fit in a walnut.
Typical number of wet diapers and bowel movements in a baby’s first week (it is fine if your baby has more) 1 day = 24 hours*
|Baby’s age||Number of wet diapers||Number of
|Texture and color of bowel movements|
|Day 1 (first 24 hours after birth)||1-2||The first bowel movement usually occurs within 8 hours after birth||Thick, tarry, and black|
|Day 2||2||3||Thick, tarry, and black|
|Day 3||5-6 disposable,
|3||Looser and greenish to yellow (color may vary)|
|Day 4||6||3||Soft, watery, and yellow|
|Day 5||6||3||Loose, seedy, and yellow|
|Day 6||6||3||Loose, seedy, and yellow|
|Day 7||6||3||Larger amounts of loose, seedy, and yellow|
Keep in mind that, if using disposable diapers, the absorbency may make it harder to tell if the diaper is wet. Use this chart as a guide, but talk to your child’s doctor if you are concerned about your child not getting enough milk.
How long should I breastfeed my baby?
Breastfeeding is recommended by most pediatricians, as the only source of food for the first 6 months of your baby’s life. They also recommend continuing breastfeeding beyond your baby’s first birthday and for as long as both you and your baby would like. The easiest and most natural time to wean is when your child leads the process. But how you feel is also very important in deciding when to wean.
Your decision may depend on several factors, such as returning to work, your or your baby’s health, or a feeling that the time is right.
When should I not breastfeed?
While rare, your doctor may advise you or tell you not to breastfeed if you:
- Take certain medicines, like anxiety medication or certain migraine medications that are dangerous for babies and can be passed to your baby in your breastmilk
- Have a specific illness (like HIV or active tuberculosis) and not on medication.
- Get radiation therapy, though some therapies may mean only a brief pause in breastfeeding
If you take medicine or have an illness, talk to your doctor before you begin breastfeeding. Medicines that are safe for you to take during pregnancy may also be safe while you are breastfeeding. But you should always check with your doctor before you start breastfeeding. Talk to your baby’s doctor if your baby shows any signs of a reaction to your breastmilk, such as diarrhea, excessive crying, or sleepiness.
Should I stop breastfeeding when I am sick?
In most cases, you can continue to breastfeed your baby when you are sick, and if your baby is sick. But, if you are sick with the flu, including the H1N1 flu (also called the swine flu), you should avoid being near your baby, so that you do not infect him or her. Have someone who is not sick feed your baby your expressed breastmilk.
Original article from the office of the Assistant secretary, USA.
Re-edited by nisa media team