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.
What if my baby falls asleep while feeding?
If your baby passes out as soon as the suckling starts, you might want to wake him or her – especially if you’re trying to boost your milk supply.
- Undress the baby. First try simply unswaddling. If that doesn’t work, strip the baby down to his or her diaper (if it’s not too cold), which should awaken the baby from a light slumber.
- If breastfeeding, hold the baby upright for a few seconds and then switch nursing positions.
- Try gently burping him or her.
- Rub your nipple or the bottle’s nipple on the baby’s lips, or gently stroke the outside corner of the mouth to stimulate sucking.
- Make sure the lights aren’t too bright (where your baby would want to shield his or her eyes) or too dark.
- Try feeding your baby first thing when he or she wakes instead of when nap time is near.