Whether a baby is receiving enough breast milk or not is among the greatest concerns of the nursing mothers. Unlike bottle feeding, it is not possible to determine the quantity of breast milk received by a baby. As such, it is obvious for a new mom to worry about this issue.
Here are the important parameters that will help a mother know whether her infant is getting sufficient breast milk:
Urination and Stool
The simplest way of determining that your baby is eating well is through his urination and stool frequency. If your infant is urinating six to eight times in a day, he is getting enough milk. Since it is difficult to estimate the wetness of a disposable diaper, you can always check its weight. A heavy diaper simply means more urine.
You also need to monitor your little one’s bowel movements. You newborn should have at least three bowl movements in a day. However, this frequency will decrease after the baby is one month old and it may also reduce to one stool in two days.
This is another reliable parameter to check your baby’s growth. A breastfed baby is likely to lose five to seven percent of his birth weight in the very first week of his life. After the second week, a healthy baby recovers the birth weight while gaining about six ounces every week. Let a pediatrician regularly monitor the weight gain of your baby to be sure that he is getting enough to eat.
To know whether your baby is a good eater, you must observe the little one during the feedings. A baby who opens his mouth wide enough to get the entire nipple in, pauses during suckle and makes a steady noise is said to get mouthful of breast milk. However, clicking noises and dimples on the baby’s cheeks indicate improper latching.
A nursing mother must notice her breast after feeding the baby. If a newborn is able to properly suck the required amount of milk, your breasts are likely to feel softer after each nursing session. However, certain characteristics like breast fullness and leakage may change over the time.
The above mentioned factors will guide a breastfeeding mother to know whether her little one is getting enough milk and there is no need of supplementing the feed with formula.