Is Baby Getting Enough?
We use these guidelines to help you know if your baby is getting enough during the first week of life.
- Baby should be breastfeeding at least eight-12 times in 24 hours, which is usually at least every two-three hours.
- Baby can take a longer stretch of sleep at night if you know you are feeding at least every two-three hours during the day.
- Baby is content between most feedings.
- Audible swallowing heard.
- Once your milk is in (usually by day three or four) your breasts should feel full before a feeding and you should notice that they are soft and comfortable after a feeding.
- By day four babies should have at least four-six wet diapers and three or four yellow bowel movements.
- If baby does not have this pattern of output you should look to increase feedings. Consult with your pediatrician if you have any questions about your baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a follow-up appointment with your pediatrician within 72 hours after discharge from the hospital. At your visit they will weigh baby and evaluate effective signs of breastfeeding.
Always call your healthcare professional, including the lactation consultants at the hospital, if you have any questions.
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