How will I know that my baby is getting enough milk?
- Breastfeeding should be comfortable. If your baby is feeding well he/she will remain on the breast throughout the feed.
- Listen for your baby swallowing.
- Towards the end of a breastfeed your baby may suck and pause . It is an easy mistake to think that your baby has finished or is ‘playing about’ . In fact this is an important part of the feed and you baby is getting high fat milk which helps baby gain weight.
- Your baby will appear content and satisfied after feeds.
- They should be healthy and gaining weight.
An illustration of fat content during a feed
Start of the feed high volume lower fat
Sucking pattern throughout a feed – Initial flutter sucks – slow rhythmic sucks and swallows as milk flows – ending with flutter sucks with occasional swallows for the higher fat rich milk towards the end of a feed.
Pees and Poos
The number of wet and dirty nappies that your baby has is a very good way for you to tell if your baby is getting enough breastmilk. If you have any concerns that your baby is not following this pattern please contact your Midwife or Health Visitor
|Day 0 - 3 babies first poo, black and sticky called meconium|
|Day 3-4 changing colour brown/green called changing stool|
|Day 5 onwards yellow ‘seedy’ and runny with a minimum of two a day|
You should have a minimum of two wet nappies their first and second days.
Day three to four - three nappies
Day five to six – six heavy wet nappies
It is very unusual for breastfed babies to be constipated as there is a natural laxative in breastmilk.1