7What Are The Signs That My Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk?
Your breastfeeding baby is probably getting enough nourishment if:
- Your breasts feel softer after nursing (because your baby has emptied some of the milk that was making them firm).
- Your baby seems relaxed and satisfied after a feeding.
- Your baby continues to gain weight after gaining back the weight she initially lost after birth. (Most babies lose up to 7 percent of their birth weight and then regain it by the time they’re about 2 weeks old.) A rough guideline: Your baby should gain about 6 to 8 ounces a week for the first four months, then about 4 to 6 ounces per week from 4 to 7 months.
- Your baby wets at least six diapers a day after your milk comes in. In the first few days, when your baby is getting only your thick, nutrient-rich colostrum, she may have only one or two wet diapers a day. But after your baby starts getting regular breast milk, she’ll start having a lot more wet diapers.
- In the first month, your baby has at least three stools a day, and they lighten to a yellowy mustard color within five to seven days after birth. She may have less frequent bowel movements once she’s a month old or skip bowel movements for several days now and then. Once she’s eating solid foods, at 4 to 6 months, she’ll probably go back to having at least one bowel movement a day.