Most moms are able to breastfeed successfully and produce enough milk for their babies, but if you’re worried that you’re not, there are a few simple signs to check for.
With breastfeeding it can be particularly hard to gauge how much milk your baby is having at each meal. If your baby is attaching and suckling well, feeding at least 6 to 8 times per 24 hours, seems happy and healthy, is active and alert when awake and is content after feeding then you can relax – they are almost certainly getting enough milk.
Other signs of good milk intake are weight gain and how often you change your baby’s nappy. Babies tend to lose weight after birth, but breastfed babies usually regain their birth weight by about 2 weeks of age and then should gain 4 to 8 ounces a week. Weight gain may occur in bursts so it’s best not to have your baby weighed too frequently.
If your baby has a low birth weight (under 5lb 9oz) or if you have had a difficult delivery, you may want to have your Healthcare Professional help in getting breastfeeding established and checking your baby’s weight in the early weeks.
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