Nutrition

How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

This is a question most mothers ask at sometime ....


The signs that your baby is getting enough milk are:

 

1.         That he is growing and putting on weight.  It is normal for him to lose weight in the first five days as he comes “with a packed lunch” board of extra fluid, but this should not be much more than 10% of his body weight.  After this during the first three months of life he should gain between 5 to 7 ounces (140-175 grams) per week.  Between three and six months he should gain 4 to 5 ounces (113-142 grams) per week.

 

2.         He needs to have regular wet and dirty nappies: a minimum of six to eight heavy wet nappies and two poos, which should be soft and yellow, or mustard like, in consistency.  Some breast-fed babies only poo two to three times a week after the first six to eight weeks.

 

3.         During feeds he should be relaxed, but sucking actively and rhythmically with short pauses.  After feeds he should appear drowsy, full and sleep, or be content, for two to three hours on average, although it is normal for babies to “cluster feed” in the evenings and sleep for one longer period, hopefully, at night.

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