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How To Tell When Your Baby is Getting Enough

Families often stop breastfeeding because they think that the baby is not getting enough milk when really everything is going well.
 
To build your confidence, learn more about normal feeding patterns and how to tell that your baby is getting enough breastmilk.

Signs that your baby is getting enough breastmilk
  • Your baby feeds at least 8 times in 24 hours.
  • You can see and hear your baby swallowing.
  • Your baby has enough wet and dirty diapers according to age (see chart below).
  • Gains weight over time.
  • Your baby is active and has a strong cry.

Other signs that your baby is breastfeeding well include:
  • Your baby's mouth should look wet and pink.
  • Your baby 's eyes should look bright and clear.
  • Your baby should have active alert periods.
  • Your baby’s cry should be loud and strong.
  • Your baby should appear more relaxed and sleepy after a feeding.
  • Your baby should return to their birth weight by about 2 weeks after the birth.
  • Your breasts feel softer and less full after breastfeeding.

 

Your baby may be showing signs that he is getting plenty of milk but he may remain restless and fussy when not at the breast. This does not mean that he is still hungry. Comfort and reassure your fussy baby by holding him skin-to-skin and providing other comfort measures.

If you are concerned that your baby may not be breastfeeding well, help is available in your community.  

For more information on feeding your baby/child in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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