Is your Baby Getting Sufficient Breast Milk?

New nursing mothers are always uncertain about whether or not the newborn is getting sufficient milk. It is normal to feel unsure because you cannot really see the quantity of milk being produced by the body and hence do not know if it is enough for the baby or not.

But here is some good news for new mothers who are breastfeeding their little ones-most women manage to make an adequate amount of milk while nursing their babies. According to research, only about 5 to 15 percent (maybe less) of breastfeeding moms actually have insufficient milk supply.

Signs of Adequate Milk Production
Even though most mothers can provide breast milk to their babies when needed, there could be times when the newborn doesn’t get enough. In the absence of sufficient nutrition, the baby could experience dehydration and other health problems. These are usually uncommon but can be quite serious. Below are some signs that indicate your baby is satiated with your breast milk supply.

When the baby is feeding properly, your breasts will tend to feel empty and softer after the milk has been sucked out during a feed. They will no longer feel very firm.

Your baby feel appear satisfied and relaxed after the feeding.

The baby will continue gaining weight after the initial loss experienced in the first few days.

The baby will have a minimum of three stools every day in the first month. The stools will gradually lighten and become yellowy mustard in color by the time the baby is 5 days old. The bowl movements will reduce after one month.

The baby will suck very quickly when he/she first latches onto the breast. This helps in releasing milk. This will be followed by a slow and deep pulling motion (swallowing). The baby’s jaw might also drop down and you may hear this sound. These are all indications that the baby is getting sufficient milk.

Warning Signs
While this situation might be quite rare, but you will notice some of the following warning signs if the baby isn’t getting enough feed.

The baby is continuously losing weight and does not start regaining the lost weight even after turning 5 days old.

The baby is wetting less than 8 cotton diapers (or 6 disposable diapers) in a day after turning 5 days old.

The urine of the baby is quite dark (similar to the appearance of apple juice). In cases when the urine is clear or pale, the baby is getting sufficient liquid.

The baby has dark and small stools after the five days following birth.

Feedings tend to take more than one hour and the baby doesn’t appear to be satisfied.

The mother’s breasts continue to feel firm after nursing.

The baby doesn’t make any noticeable swallowing sound while nursing.

 If you are concerned about your baby not getting enough milk, it is best to consult a lactation specialist or your doctor for guidance.

Article Reviewed By Crystal Ibetoh MD, MBA reviews each article and ensures the accuracy of the health information. Dr. Ibetoh has strong medical interests in women's health and preventative medicine. She is also a mother of three and uses her medical expertise in addition to personal experience to provide advice about breastfeeding.

*The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding breastfeeding.*

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