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Early days..... Is my Newborn getting enough breastmilk?

What to look out for in the early days ....…

For a 1 day old to 14 day old newborn:

How do I know things are going well?

  • Your baby nurses 8 or more times in 24 hours and is vigorous for at least 20 minutes of each feeding.

  • Your baby regains his/her birth weight by 10-14 days old.

  • Your baby settles after most feedings.

  • Your baby’s urine and stool output increases daily, and by 1 week of age he/she is urinating 6 or more times and has yellow stools 4 or more times in 24 hours.

  • Your breasts may be tender, but it is not painful to breastfeed.

  • Your breasts start to feel full 3-5 days after your baby was born.

How do I know that I need to meet with a lactation consultant?

  • Your baby nurses less than 8 times a day. (during the first few months)

  • Your baby seems hungry all of the time, yet consistently eats for a few minutes and then falls asleep at breast.

  • Your baby has not regained his/her birth weight by 10-14 days old or has very slow weight gain.

  • You have very sore and/or cracked nipples and it is painful to breastfeed.

  • You are worried that you do not enough milk.

  • Your baby is increasingly getting yellow from jaundice.

References: Counseling the Nursing Mother by Lauwers and Swisher

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