Signs Your Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk
Breastfeeding mothers often wonder how they can determine that they are producing enough milk to satisfy their baby. You can tell by the results of successful breastfeeding, your thriving baby.
So how do you tell if baby is getting enough milk? Well, all babies grow at different rates. Your baby will be evaluated by your pediatrician when she weighs and measures him. If you are concerned with your child's growth, make sure you discuss it with the doctor. Easy ways to tell if your newborn baby is getting enough breast milk are if your baby appears alert and happy; if he is steadily gaining weight; and if he nurses 8 to 12 times a day. If you were pumping before you fed your baby, you would find that he probably consumes 1.5 to 2 ounces of breast milk every 2 hours during the first month of his life.
Another way to tell if your baby is getting enough to eat is by the number of dirty diapers that he creates. After about day four after he is born, your baby should be creating at least 6 wet diapers a day. His urine should by clear or very pale; if you see orange-ish urine, call your pediatrician because this may be an indicator of inadequate fluid intake. During the first month of his life you should see at least two seedy bowel movements in his diaper. Thereafter, he may only have a bowel movement every other day because breast milk digests so well.
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