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Signs my grandchild is getting enough to eat

 

GREAT START HEARTSometimes you might wonder whether your grandchild is getting enough to eat. The information below can help you to learn about a baby’s natural feeding pattern and the signs that they are getting enough breastmilk. 

Feeling confident that baby is getting enough to eat can help you to encourage your daughter/in law with breastfeeding. Your encouragement and confidence can help her feel good about breastfeeding and remain confident too.

Click below for ways to know your grandchild is getting enough to eat.

Signs your grandchild is getting enough breastmilk
  • Child wakes on their own to feed
  • Child seems relaxed and sleepy after breastfeeding
  • Child has lots of wet and poopy diapers
  • Child's mouth is wet and pink
  • Child's cry is loud and strong
  • For other signs that child is getting enough breastmilk click here
It is important to breastfeed often
  • It is It is normal for your grandchild to breastfeed often (8 or more times in 24 hours)
  • When a baby breastfeeds often and well, the mother’s body will make the right amount of breastmilk to meet their growing needs
  • Every baby is different. Your grandchild will have their own unique feeding pattern that will change as they grow
  • It is common for babies to space their feedings very close together (cluster feeding). This can happen at any time of day but often happens in the later evening
  • During a growth spurt, it is normal for your grandchild to want to breastfeed as often as every hour, around the clock
  • Older babies are more skilled at breastfeeding and may not need to breastfeed as often or for as long to get enough milk
What do I do if my daughter/in law is worried that baby isn’t getting enough?
If your daughter/in law is worried about breastfeeding or isn’t sure if baby is getting enough breastmilk, you can help her find breastfeeding services here. Encourage her to seek professional breastfeeding help and continue to support her decision to breastfeed.
Does my grandchild need only breastmilk?
Breastmilk is the only food most babies need for the first 6 months of their life. Babies will show signs that they are ready to begin trying solid foods like iron-rich cereals and meats. To learn more about signs that baby is ready for solids and current information about which food to offer first, click here. Once your grandchild is eating solid foods, it is recommended that breastfeeding continue up to 2 years and beyond.
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