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How to Tell if Your Baby is Getting Enough Milk While Breastfeeding

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As a postpartum doula based in Orange County, California, Terese believes caring for new parents shouldn’t stop when they leave the hospital. Lean into her professional expertise, personal experience, and gentle guidance to feed your mind, body, and soul with the empathy and wisdom you’re worthy of to navigate this path with ease.

As a new mom, one of the most common concerns is whether your baby is getting enough milk when they feed. It can be hard to know for sure, but there are some signs that can indicate that your baby is getting enough milk.

  1. Sucking and Swallowing: A baby who is getting enough milk will typically suck and swallow rhythmically during feedings. If you notice your baby pausing or taking breaks during feedings, it could be a sign that they are not getting enough milk.
  2. Wet Diapers: A baby who is getting enough milk will typically have at least 6-8 wet diapers per day. If you notice that your baby’s diapers are not as wet as they should be, it could be a sign that they are not getting enough milk.
  3. Stool Output: A baby who is getting enough milk will typically have at least 1-2 bowel movements per day. If you notice that your baby is not having enough bowel movements, it could be a sign that they are not getting enough milk.
  4. Alertness: A baby who is getting enough milk will typically be alert and content after feedings. If you notice that your baby is fussy or irritable after feedings, it could be a sign that they are not getting enough milk.
  5. Length of Feedings: A baby who is getting enough milk will typically feed for at least 10-15 minutes on each side. If you notice that your baby is feeding for shorter periods of time, it could be a sign that they are not getting enough milk.

It’s important to note that every baby is different, and what works for one might not work for the other. It’s also important to keep in mind that breastfeeding can be challenging and it’s normal to face some obstacles. Consulting with a lactation consultant or a breastfeeding support group can help you overcome these obstacles.

In conclusion, it can be hard to know for sure if your baby is getting enough milk when they feed. However, by paying attention to your baby’s wet diapers, stool output, alertness, and length of feedings, you can get a better idea of whether your baby is getting enough milk. Remember to be patient and don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

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