How do I know the baby is getting enough to eat?
This is one of the most common concerns, especially considering our breasts aren’t equipped with measuring markers. There are many indications that should put your mind at ease, so make sure the baby:
- Eats every one to three hours and sleeps no more than three hours between feedings during the day.
- Wets five to six disposable diapers or six to eight cloth diapers with urine that is light yellow.
- Has two to four loose, grainy, mustard-colored stools a day.
- Is audibly swallowing.
- Is emptying each breast – you’ll feel the breast become softer.
- Seems satisfied at the end of each feeding and generally content in between.
- Doesn’t fall asleep as soon as he or she starts noshing.
Most importantly, watch for your baby’s cues. Look for hunger signs like putting his or her hand to mouth, rooting (a reflex where his or her head will turn to your hand – mouth agape – when you touch his or her cheek), and, of course, crying. However, make sure you’re not using food as a fix-all and that there isn’t a diaper that needs changing or gas that needs burping.