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Breastfeeding offers you and your baby several benefits, including strengthening your baby’s immune system, improving the bond between you and your baby, and helping you save cost in comparison to formula feeding.
Babies who are breastfed tend to have healthy and steady weight gain in the first few months. At the age of two months old, some babies begin to feed longer at night. However, by the time babies reach three months old, some of them may start sleeping for longer hours at night or even sleep through the night.
When changes in your baby’s feeding happen, new mothers who are getting used to breastfeeding may be worried that their baby won’t get enough milk. Every mother wants to make sure her baby gets all the nutrition he or she needs, but it is difficult to know exactly how much milk the baby is drinking when the mother is feeding through her breasts.
Indeed, when you are breastfeeding, you can’t really measure how much milk in your breasts is fed to your baby. On the contrary, it is easier to know how many ounces the baby drinks each day with bottle-feeding, since parents can measure the exact amount of breast milk or formula their child receives.
Signs your baby may not be getting enough milk
That said, there are still some general indicators that can be helpful in letting you know that your little one may not be getting enough milk during breastfeeding. Some of them includes:
- Your baby hasn’t had consistent weight gain by 10 to 14 days old. Consult your paediatrician on the healthy weight range for your baby.
- You can see your baby sucking but not swallowing.
- Latching seems shallow or feels painful to you. An improper latch can prevent your baby from feeding enough breast milk.
- Your baby takes longer than 30 to 40 minutes per feed, and he or she tends to fall asleep shortly after you begin breastfeeding.
- Your baby is fussy or unsettled after feeds.
- Your baby is wetting less than six nappies in 24 hours after he is five days old, and his urine is dark yellow with a strong smell.
- Your baby poop less than twice a day by five days old, infrequent poop might be a sign that your baby is not getting enough milk.
- Your baby has jaundice. Some babies may develop jaundice as a result of not getting enough milk.
Signs your baby is getting enough milk
On the other hand, here are some of the signs that your baby is feeding enough. However, do mind that these only serve as a general guideline. Please get your paediatrician’s advice for the most accurate answer for your baby.
- Your baby is feeding at least 8 to 12 times in 24 hours, and he is doing two poops every 24 hours. The poops often have a yellow-mustard colour.
- Your baby latches off your breast on his own, and he seems content and satisfied after each feed.
- Your baby is latched on properly, and you are able to see and hear your baby swallow.
- Your breasts don’t feel uncomfortable or painful during feeds, and they feel softer after feeds.
What can I do if I think my baby is not getting enough milk?
1. Pay attention to your baby’s cues
One of the useful tips that you can learn is by paying attention to your baby’s movements and mood. In order to find out if your baby gets enough breast milk, you can first make sure you recognise your baby’s hunger cues. It would be easier for you to initiate feeding when your baby is hungry, which would often be when he starts crying or clinging on.
2. Take note of how frequent your baby is feeding
Newborns need to be fed at least 8 to 12 times within 24 hours during the first few weeks, this means a feed every 2 to 3 hours, including sleeping time at night. By the time your baby reaches 12 months old, his feed would gradually decrease to three to four times every 24 hours. Hence, pay attention to the number of times your baby is feeding in a day, along with the other signs that are mentioned in the earlier section to have a general idea of your baby’s milk consumption.
3. Consult a doctor
After leaving the hospital, visit your paediatrician or health care provider regularly to check your baby’s weight to find out if he is getting enough nutrition from breast milk. Go to your baby’s paediatrician to evaluate his growth and development progress.
If you think your baby is not getting enough milk, and his appetite does not improve after your attempts at home, please seek help from a paediatrician or a professional lactation consultant immediately. Should the need arise, and should the issue be due to low milk supply, your doctor may prescribe medication to help improve milk production.
4. Maintain a milk-boosting diet
Your baby’s breast milk intake may be affected by a number of reasons that you often did not expect or are out of your control. The good news is, you can easily avoid some of the issues by doing your best to improve your milk supply, and one of the best ways to do this is by having a breastfeeding-friendly and lactogenic diet, especially in the first few weeks after childbirth.
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