Is my baby getting enough?

Many mothers are afraid about „not having enough milk". In most cases this fear is unwarranted. Breastfeeding professionals list the signs that indicate your baby is getting enough:

  • One or two wet diapers during the first few days, while the baby is receiving colostrums.
  • Six to eight wet cloth diapers (5 - 6 wet disposable diapers) per day (24 hours) on the third or fourth day when the milk "comes-in".
  • At least two to five bowel movements every 24 hours for the first several months, although some babies will switch to less frequent but large bowel movements at about 6 weeks.
  • The baby nurses frequently averaging at least 6 - 10 feedings per 24-hour period.
  • Baby's swallowing sounds are audible as he is breastfeeding.
  • The baby should gain at least 120 - 210 g per week after the fourth day of life.
  • The baby will be alert and active, appear healthy, have good colour, firm skin, and will be growing in length and head circumference.