One common concern identified by women who are breastfeeding for the first time is whether their child is getting enough breastmilk at feeding time. There are several questions that you can ask yourself to help determine whether your child is getting enough milk:
- Is my child breastfeeding often enough?
- Is my child breastfeeding effectively?
- Is my child having enough wet and dirty diapers?
- Is my child gaining weight appropriately?
- Is breastfeeding feeling comfortable and not painful?
The answers to these questions can be used as a guide to help you determine how well your child is breastfeeding.
Other good indicators of whether your child is breastfeeding well include your child’s appearance and behavior. Remember that:
- Your child's mouth should look wet and pink
- Your child's eyes should look bright and clear
- Your child should have active alert periods
- Your child’s cry should be loud and strong
- Your child should appear more relaxed and sleepy after a feeding
- Your child should return to their birth weight by about 2 weeks after the birth
Remember, with the right support, most women can make enough breastmilk for their child. If you have concerns that your child may not be breastfeeding well, you should seek help right away from a breastfeeding professional so that you and your child can build a solid foundation for breastfeeding success.
For more information about feeding your child, call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and speak with a public health professional Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or email Health Connection