Since I can’t measure how much Baby is drinking from my breast, how do I know if he’s getting enough?
Unfortunately, many mums get anxious about not having sufficient milk and give up breastfeeding.
But, in most cases, you’ll have enough if you nurse frequently. Your baby should look content, alert and healthy. Most babies will nurse for five to 30 minutes and let go when full.
Don’t assume that your newborn is hungry when he cries. He’s drinking enough if you see these signs:
During the first two days, your baby should have two to three wet diapers. By the end of the week, this should increase to six to eight daily.
Your baby’s stools will also change from dark green to greenish-yellow by Day 3 or 4. From Day 5, Baby will be passing yellowish, loose stools several times a day.
Your baby will lose 10 per cent of her birth weight during the first week. This is perfectly normal. Thereafter, she should be gaining about 150g to 200g per week.