It’s a big worry for a lot of new moms. The question, is my baby getting enough milk?
It’s a question which tends to create stress for new mummies during what should be a beautiful period in a mother’s life, is worrying about producing enough milk. It’s very rare for women not to produce enough milk but it may take a while for you to feel comfortable that they are in fact getting what they need. The best indicator can be found in their diapers. If your baby is wetting his or her diaper 6 to 8 times a day, they are likely getting enough milk. You can also hear your baby swallowing as they feed. They will suck rapidly at the beginning of the feed but this will change to long rhythmic suck and swallowing with an occasional pause as milk drops. Your infants cheeks will stay rounded during the feed. They will be calm and relaxed during the feed. Their mouth will be moist after feeding and breasts will feel softer after feeds. Try to avoid supplementing your breast milk with formula and never give your baby plain water. Your body needs your infants regular nursing as much as your infant needs your breast milk, in order to keep producing breast milk. Some women think that they can’t breastfeed if they have small breasts but small breasted women can make milk just as well as large-breasted women. If you are really worried about the amount of milk your child is getting, consult your midwife or a breastfeeding specialist to watch you feed your baby and she will be able to advice if you further.
When your baby is latching onto your breast correctly, their mouth will be wide and contain a large mouthful of the breast. Their chin will be on your breast, the lower lip will be rolled down and their nose won’t be squished against the breast. You won’t feel any pain in your breasts or nipples while feeding although the first few sucks will feel strong.
When your baby is getting enough milk you will notice they will steadily gain weight after the first two weeks. In the first 2 days baby will likely only have 2 or 3 wet diapers. They will be happy and alert when they are awake. By the 4th day they should pass at least 2 soft yellow stools and this should continue daily every day at least once a day for the next few weeks. From day 5 onwards wet nappies will become more frequent with at least 6 heavy wet diapers a day.
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Written by: Bianca Steyn
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