The website Pregnancy & Baby has a great piece on some common breastfeeding questions. I’m quoted in it, but that’s not why you should read it. There’s great information from child care experts, including a lactation consultant, doula and nurse. Here’s an excerpt:
How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?
“This is the number one question new mothers ask,” says Irene Zoppi, certified lactation consultant and clinical education specialist for Medela, and there are easy ways to monitor that your baby is getting enough:
- You should be able to see and/or hear your baby swallowing.
- Your breasts will feel softer after baby feeds.
- By day five, baby should have 6-8 wet diapers and at least 2-3 soiled diapers a day.
- Your baby is gaining weight and following a normal growth pattern.
“Overall,” says Zoppi, “mothers should trust that their bodies will do what they were designed to do in the providing enough food for their baby.”