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Signs Your Breastfeed Baby Is Getting Enough

by Tatiana Plesco

Breastfeeding mothers are always eager to know whether their breastfed baby is getting enough nourishment. Since mothers can’t actually see or measure the amount of milk that the baby drinks, this question pops up in their mind quite often. Most of the times, mothers will be able to give adequate milk to their baby to fulfill their needs, sometimes babies do not get enough supply. The baby who does not get enough milk may suffer from dehydration as well as to thrive. The following list indicates the signs that your baby is getting adequate nutrition. After a session of feeding, babies look satisfied and relaxed. The mother’s breast feels softer after a nursing session since the baby has emptied some milk that was making breasts firm.  Mothers can keep a track of the diapers that a baby uses each day. In the initial days of a baby, baby gets nutrition from ‘colostrum’ and the baby may only have one or two wet diapers per day. Once the proper milk supply starts, babies will have 6 to 8 cloth diapers per day or disposables, it may be 5 or 6. Disposable diapers can be used for durations, hence this count. Babies lose some weight initially after birth but quickly start putting on weight in the coming days. Babies lose up to 5 to 9% of their birth weight and quickly start regaining their weight, by the time they are 2 weeks old. According to norms, a baby must gain 5 to 10 ounces per week and in 2nd and 3rd month, the baby should gain 5 to 8 ounces per week. From 3rd to 6th month, weight should increase from 2.5 to 4.5 ounces per week and in the 6th to 12th months; one to 3 ounces are put on per week.  Babies have at least three stools each day and it is observed that their stool becomes a light yellow mustard color by the fifth day after the birth of the baby. The bowel movements may slow down once the baby is a month old. Sometimes babies skip bowel movements and it is normal. Once the intake of solid food starts, by around 6 months, bowel movements quite regular. All these are signs that the breastfed baby is getting the adequate nutrition that he or she needs.

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