Knowing my baby is getting plenty of milk

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Many mothers say one of the challenges of breastfeeding is knowing how much milk their baby is getting each feed.  When we, as a culture, have been exposed to bottle feeding, mothers find it difficult to trust other ways of recognising their baby is doing well.  There are several ways mothers can be confident they are providing plenty of milk for their baby.

  • Baby has at least five heavy pale wet nappies in 24 hours
  • Baby passes soft, runny yellow, mustard poos at least 3 times a day in the first 6-8 weeks
  • Baby can be seen to do deep rhythmic suck/swallows while feeding
  • Baby is bright and alert when awake
  • Baby has good skin elasticity, not loose and saggy
  • Baby is back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age and gains at least 150-200 grams (often more) per week from 2 weeks to 3 months.