How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

Many mothers are concerned that their babies are not getting enough milk, for various reasons. When you know the signs to look for, you will be able to assess for yourself whether your baby is getting enough milk and you will most likely find that your baby is very healthy and is most certainly getting all the milk that s/he needs. A baby who is breastfed and is receiving all the milk s/he needs will:

  • Have 6 – 8 wet nappies per day
  • Have soft bowel movements.
  • Have at least 6 feeds in 24 hours.
  • Grow! This can be demonstrated by weighing your baby regularly. You can also tell by seeing how clothes fit on your baby. As time passes, you should notice clothes getting tighter and larger sizes should be needed.
  • Be alert when s/he is awake.
  • Be settled between feeds (at least for some of the time).
  • Have bright eyes.
  • Have good muscle and skin tone.
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