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I dont think my baby is getting enough anymore..

Posted by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM
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lazycervix
by Bronze Member on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Diapers 6 in a day and a poop and pee dipe counts as 2. 

LKRA
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:22 PM

count dirty diapers in a 24 hour period.

mommy2xEK
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:25 PM
K. Ima start counting
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larissalarie
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:29 PM
Plenty of diapers equal plenty of milk
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tabi_cat1023
by Group Admin -Tabitha on Dec. 3, 2011 at 9:50 PM

YEP 6 total diapers a day and a diaper counts as 2 if they do both init OR its really soaked...babies often act starved or act like you are not making enough during growth spurts, the first 6-8 weeks are constant growth spurts

maggiemom2000
by on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?

This may be the most asked question for La Leche League Leaders. It is understandable, since breasts are neither see-through nor marked off in ounces. Thank goodness there are other signs that indicate baby is getting enough milk.

Typically during the first few days, while the baby is receiving mother's thick, immunity-boosting colostrum, he will wet only one or two diapers per day.

Once mother's milk comes in, usually on the third or fourth day, the baby should begin to have 6-8 wet cloth diapers (5-6 wet disposable diapers) per day. (An easy way to feel the weight of a wet disposable diaper is to pour 2-4 tablespoons of water in a dry diaper.)

In addition, most young babies will have at least two to five bowel movements every 24 hours for the first several months, although some babies will switch to less frequent but large bowel movements at about 6 weeks.

A baby that is sleeping rather than feeding every 2-3 hours or is generally lethargic may need to be assessed by a health care provider to make sure that he is adequately hydrated.

These are additional important signs that indicate your baby is receiving enough milk:

  • The baby nurses frequently averaging at least 8-12 feedings per 24-hour period.
  • The baby is allowed to determine the length of the feeding, which may be 10 to 20 minutes per breast or longer.
  • Baby's swallowing sounds are audible as he is breastfeeding.
  • The baby should gain at least 4-7 ounces per week after the fourth day of life.
  • The baby will be alert and active, appear healthy, have good color, firm skin, and will be growing in length and head circumference.

The physical act of breastfeeding is more than the quantity of milk that is supplied, as you will find once you hold your baby in your arms. Breastfeeding is warmth, nutrition, and mother's love all rolled into one. Understanding and appreciating the signs of knowing when your baby is getting enough to eat is the one of the most important things a new mother can learn. If you have any concerns regarding your baby, they should be addressed with your health care practitioner.

If you do need to increase your milk supply after keeping track of wet diapers, bowel movements and weight gain, there are several options you can try to increase your milk supply. See our FAQ on "Increasing Your Milk Supply" and refer to our Web resource page on milk supply issues or further information. Keep in touch with your health care provider if your baby is not gaining well or is losing weight. In most cases, improved breastfeeding techniques will quickly resolve the situation, but occasionally, weight gain may indicate a health problem.


mostlymaydays
by Group Admin - Stacy on Dec. 3, 2011 at 10:59 PM
It always seems mothers worry about supply when their breasts start to feel soft (which is actually a sign of milk regulation) which seems to happen around the same time baby starts to cluster feed like they're starving, when really its just a growth spurt. Wet diapers tell the tale; if it's coming out it must be going in.
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mommy2xEK
by on Dec. 4, 2011 at 12:18 AM
She just is always fussy and I go to feed her she feeds for like 5 min. Then she.strats jerkin around her body moving frantically biting down and I can tell nothing else is coming out
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MumsTheWord571
by on Dec. 4, 2011 at 12:22 AM
That sound like a growth spurt. The frequent nursing & fussing stimulate your body to make more. How old is she?


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She just is always fussy and I go to feed her she feeds for like 5 min. Then she.strats jerkin around her body moving frantically biting down and I can tell nothing else is coming out

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hrj75165
by on Dec. 4, 2011 at 12:25 AM
My 6 week old does this. She gets gas duscomfort and will nurse life that for comfort.


Quoting mommy2xEK:

She just is always fussy and I go to feed her she feeds for like 5 min. Then she.strats jerkin around her body moving frantically biting down and I can tell nothing else is coming out

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